I use mouse-2 quite often for mouse-yank-primary. However, if I am at the start of an org-mode headline, instead of yanking from my cut buffer, it toggles the level of the headline. For example, if I have the cursor at the start of a level 1 headline(| used to represent cursor):

* |

Press mouse-2 and it becomes:

** |

...instead of yanking the text I want as the headline. Then if I press mouse-2 again, it becomes a level 1 headline again, and will keep toggling between the two on subsequent presses. How can I change this behavior to yank instead of changing the headline level? Normally I can figure these things out on my own, but I have had trouble in the past when it comes to changing the behavior of mouse buttons.


I tried describe-key before asking this question, and it seemed like mouse-2 should do what I want, but I just noticed at the bottom of the describe-key description for theup-event it says:

<mouse-2> at that spot runs the command (lambda (e) (interactive "e") (mouse-set-point e) (org-cycle)), which is an interactive Lisp function.

It is bound to <mouse-2>.

(anonymous E)

Not documented.

I assume this is what is causing my issue, but it doesn't seem clear to me where this is coming from.

  • Does this also happen when you start emacs with -Q? It does not happen in my setup (emacs, org-version 8.2.10).
    – Tobias
    Apr 3, 2016 at 9:16
  • @Tobias with -Q it works as I want it to. See my update though.
    – elethan
    Apr 3, 2016 at 14:49
  • A search for the binding delivers: org-bullets.el If this is what hurts you see the documentation of org-bullets-bullet-map. They propertize the bullets with this: (put-text-property (match-beginning 0) (match-end 0) 'keymap org-bullets-bullet-map)
    – Tobias
    Apr 3, 2016 at 15:11
  • @Tobias yep, that is it. The docs for org-bullets-bullet-map also mention of the behaviour: "Should this be undesirable, one can remove them with (setcdr org-bullets-bullet-map nil)" Which is exactly what I did, and it worked. How did you search the binding? I was not sure the best way to find where this was being defined. Also, you can post this as an answer if you want and I will accept it. Thank you!
    – elethan
    Apr 3, 2016 at 15:22

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A search for the binding delivers: org-bullets.el.

See the documentation of org-bullets-bullet-map. There you find:

Should this be undesirable, one can remove them with (setcdr org-bullets-bullet-map nil)

They propertize the bullets with this:

(put-text-property (match-beginning 0) (match-end 0)
                   'keymap org-bullets-bullet-map)`

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