I was watching this video on someone's emacs configuration, and I noticed that his mode line seemed a lot better to look at than mine, but he didn't explain it in the video. Is there a way to replicate the mode line in the video, or to remove the parentheses around the mode and increase the size of the status line? Or is it some plugin. Ive already tried all the themes in the powerline and smart mode line plugins, and I can't seem to find a way to replicate it. Any help is appreciated, thanks.

  • Because different components of the mode-line can have different faces and sizes, there is one general rule. However. you can start by typing M-x customize-face RET mode-line RET and set the :height property to something like 140 or whatever floats your boat. And, then do the same thing for mode-line-inactive.
    – lawlist
    Jun 25, 2016 at 13:46
  • that seems to change the size of the text and the mode-line, is there a way to change the text bask to normal size, but keep the height of the mode line? It also seems like the text is centered at the bottom, is there any way to center it?
    – Vityou
    Jun 25, 2016 at 15:02

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Set mode-line with a :box property which has a greater line-width. The thing is you must set the :background to have the same color as the :color of the :box.

I use this in my theme:

`(mode-line ((t (:background "black" :foreground "gray70" :box (:line-width 4 :color "black")))))

Or you can set mode-line in your .init file

  '(mode-line ((t (:background "black" :foreground "gray70" :box (:line-width 4 :color "black"))))))
  • That doesn't seem to do anything for me.
    – Vityou
    Jun 25, 2016 at 18:33
  • Well, the code didn't work, but I was able to do the same thing with the customization menu. Maybe its cause i'm on a mac.
    – Vityou
    Jun 25, 2016 at 18:37
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    It doesn't work because that was supposed to be added to the theme file. I have updated the anaswer.
    – caisah
    Jun 26, 2016 at 12:43

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