Since a recent update from the org-mode repository, if I turn on org-indent-mode, all lines show up indented with stars rather than spaces. Here's an example of how it looks:

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Here's the file without indenting:

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I am using Emacs 24.4.1 on Linux.

Do you know what may be causing this?

  • both look identical to my eyes
    – Emacs User
    Commented Sep 11, 2015 at 20:07

3 Answers 3


I was able to fix this by setting the org-indent font to have the same foreground and background color. To do this, in my custom-set-faces, I included the following line:

'(org-indent ((t (:background "#181818" :foreground "#181818"))))

A theme tweak may fix the problem: you can adapt the following .emacs excerpt code for your case:

(let ((class '((class color))))    
     `(org-hide ((,class (:foreground "#000000"))))))

My theme is leuven. I tried to change the color #000000 which changed the color oh the "hidden" stars.


The thing that helped me was to delete the older theme packages that I was using.

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