How to change the SPC m c (org-capture) key binding to open the ~/capture.org file instead?

F-5 opens file when this is in .spacemacs file:

(global-set-key (kbd "<f5>") (lambda() (interactive)(find-file "~/capture.org")))

My failed attempt to bind SPC m c:

(global-set-key (kbd "SPC m c") (lambda() (interactive)(find-file "~/capture.org")))

got this error:

Key sequence `SPC m c` starts with non-prefix key `SPC`

I am using Emacs 25.2.1 with Evil Spacemacs and Ivy on Linux.

  • 1
    Please go into more detail than "did not open file" and describe what exactly happened. Did Emacs display an error in the echo area?
    – wasamasa
    Jul 2, 2017 at 13:37
  • <f6> was bound to ivy-resume. Changing the binding to <f5> fixed it, so now file opens. I updated the question.
    – wolfv
    Jul 2, 2017 at 14:08
  • See function define-prefix-command and, more generally, (elisp) Prefix Keys.
    – Drew
    Jul 2, 2017 at 15:07

2 Answers 2


This binds SPC m c to opening the ~/capture.org file:

(spacemacs/set-leader-keys "mc" (lambda () (interactive) (find-file "~/capture.org")))

The spacemacs manual explains how spacemacs/set-leader-keys works: https://github.com/syl20bnr/spacemacs/blob/master/doc/DOCUMENTATION.org#binding-keys


You might be looking for the bookmark feature.

On vanilla emacs, C-x r m will bookmark the current file, and C-x r b will let you choose from a list of bookmarked files. It's amazingly useful

  • Not what the question was asking for, but I found it useful nonetheless. +1 Jan 5, 2022 at 15:06

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