I get the following in my minibuffer and I want to disable these basic help messages. Anyone know how?

Type C-x 1 to delete the help window
Type "q" in help window to restore it's previous buffer

Looks like it comes from help-window-display-message.

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I found the answer here: https://superuser.com/questions/669701/emacs-disable-some-minibuffer-messages

You suppress the message with advice-add

(defun suppress-messages (old-fun &rest args)
  "Suppress messages from OLD-FUN with ARGS.
  (cl-flet ((silence (&rest args1) (ignore)))
    (advice-add 'message :around #'silence)
         (apply old-fun args)
      (advice-remove 'message #'silence))))

(advice-add 'help-window-display-message :around #'suppress-messages)
  • 4
    Or simply (advice-add 'help-window-display-message :around #'ignore)
    – xuchunyang
    Dec 5, 2016 at 11:03

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