The mode line shows <N> or <I> or <V> and I would like it to show NORMAL, INSERT, VISUAL, etc.

I'm new to Emacs so my Elisp skills are non-existent.

  • How do you get the <N>/<I>/<V> in mode line when using spaceline? I use spacemacs+spaceline, they are just colors not <N>/<I>/<V>
    – CodyChan
    May 18, 2019 at 13:09

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You can modify how the mode-line shows the evil state by setting the corresponding tag variable. You'll need these lines somewhere in your emacs init file.

(setq evil-normal-state-tag "NORMAL")
(setq evil-insert-state-tag "INSERT")
(setq evil-visual-state-tag "VISUAL")
  • (setq evil-emacs-state-tag "EMACS") for emacs state Apr 5, 2019 at 1:39

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