How can I make the column with the line numbers wider?

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You can change the appearance of linum-mode by setting values for linum-format.

Add something like this to your .emacs file :- (setq linum-format "%3s") [to have your linum-mode numbers be at least 3 characters wide].

  • that worked but since the text is right-justified i still can't see all the numbers.. that is, there's more space to the left of the numbers. any ideas? & thanks!
    – ari gold
    Commented Mar 7, 2022 at 20:19
  • ahHA! i just added a space to the format: (setq linum-format "%3s ")
    – ari gold
    Commented Mar 7, 2022 at 20:21

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