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I like auto-fill-mode a lot because it makes text fit into my screen even when I have two buffers side-by-side. My problem is that a small wording change may trigger auto-fill to reformat a whole paragraph, and that doesn't play well with version controlling, i.e., git.

I can't track my small changes anymore, because the whole paragraph is changed.

I was wondering if anyone has a suggestion on how to deal with this problem. Is there a "visual-auto-fill", which doesn't take care of newlines but just visually displays text in a proper manner?

Since I plan to export files to LaTeX and HTML, I don't care if there are no newlines at all in the saved document.

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Yes, you want visual-line-mode. See the Emacs manual section 14.22 (run M-: (info "(emacs)Visual Line Mode") to jump right to it inside Emacs).

  • Works like a charm. Thanks for the quick answer – dangom Mar 9 '17 at 14:38

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