I am using Spacemacs and after using the splitting windows feature, either by splitting horizontally or vertically, Spacemacs always try to balance the split windows.

For example, when pressing C-x 3 twice, I expect something like this:

|      |   |   |
|      |   |   | 

But Spacemacs always produces this:

|    |    |    |
|    |    |    |

Do you know how to disable Spacemacs from doing so?

Thank you very much!


Spacemacs sets window-combination-resize to t, which causes Emacs to split windows evenly. You need to add this to user-config:

(setq window-combination-resize nil)
  • Thank so much for your answer! This is exactly what I am looking for. – Trung Ta Oct 8 '16 at 5:10
  • interestingly, this is the default value in vanilla emacs. That explains why I never had this issue in emacs. – Chakravarthy Raghunandan Oct 8 '16 at 5:41
  • If I eval the code manually it works, but not if I put it in my configuration. Any idea why? – Nisba Nov 1 '18 at 10:51

The golden-ratio package does what you want.

  • Thanks for the suggestion but golden-ratio always shrinks other inactive windows. Is there any other solution instead of using golden-ratio? – Trung Ta Oct 7 '16 at 16:41
  • Have you tried adjusting the width of the windows in golden-ratio ? I'm not sure how(i dont use golden-ratio anymore), but there is a way to adjust so that it splits the windows to a certain ratio other than default. Check their github page for more info – Chakravarthy Raghunandan Oct 7 '16 at 17:10
  • Thanks for your clue. It's good to know about the option of golden-ratio – Trung Ta Oct 8 '16 at 5:10

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