I couldn't find anything on this, so I'm asking it here. I can display a message in minibuffer with

(message "foo bar")

I would like to give only the message "foo bar" a red color in the minibuffer. Is that possible with Emacs?

  • If you use M-x customiz-group RET minibuffer RET you can customize various aspects of how things appear in the minibuffer. Not sure if it is what you want, but it would be a good place to start. I am not entirely sure if you want to do this as part of some commands that you are writing, or just a general way to customize the face of the text in the minibuffer.
    – elethan
    Dec 15, 2015 at 15:15
  • No, I want to keep the default colorscheme of minibuffer, but for only specific messages I want to colorize them differently from the rest.
    – ReneFroger
    Dec 15, 2015 at 19:42

1 Answer 1


Just use a string with faces.

(message (propertize "foo bar" 'face 'highlight))

Or use a different face, which has a red foreground. Or use a face property list:

(message (propertize "foo bar" 'face '(:foreground "Red")))
  • When I tried this it showed #("foo bar" 0 7 (face highlight)) in the echo area, but this answer explained why - you can't use C-x C-e to test it out... emacs.stackexchange.com/questions/2331/… Dec 15, 2015 at 17:36
  • Thanks Drew! I was already looking why it didn't worked properly, until I noticed @bburns.km message.Thanks for sharing that link!
    – ReneFroger
    Dec 15, 2015 at 19:47
  • Use (defun foo () (interactive) (message...)) with M-x foo, to test.
    – Drew
    Dec 15, 2015 at 21:16

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