When I copy some selected text (kill-ring-save with M-w), I automatically lose my selection. I have tried with Transient Mark Mode with no luck. (Note that I'm not using CUA Mode.)

  • I initially thought it was about the X selection (in which case the variable select-active-regions would be relevant), but it seems to be about highlighting the region.
    – YoungFrog
    Feb 1 '16 at 10:46

The best solution is using C-x C-x to reactivate the mark. But if you want to really keep the selection you can use:

(defun copy-keep-highlight (beg end)
  (interactive "r")
  (prog1 (kill-ring-save beg end)
    (setq deactivate-mark nil)))
  • 1
    I'd suggest using a piece of advice like this : (defun yf/no-deactivate-mark (&rest _) (setq deactivate-mark nil)) (advice-addadvice-add 'kill-ring-save :after #'yf/no-deactivate-mark)
    – YoungFrog
    Feb 1 '16 at 10:48
  • @djangoliv, thanks. What is this prog1?
    – NVaughan
    Feb 2 '16 at 1:18
  • @YoungFrog, thanks, but your code doesn't work as its got a syntax error somewhere.
    – NVaughan
    Feb 2 '16 at 1:19
  • 2
    Ah, copy paste error : advice-add should be there only once. I can't edit the comment.
    – YoungFrog
    Feb 2 '16 at 9:20
  • 1
    @NVaughan here a good explanation: emacs.stackexchange.com/questions/5829/…
    – djangoliv
    Feb 2 '16 at 11:10

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