I have rebound "SPC m c" so it opens a file (from How to a create keybinding to open a particular file?):

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

And it opens the file as intended, because spacemacs/set-leader-keys is for binding with the leader key SPC.

Now I want to bind the same thing to ", c". How to bind a key when the leader key is comma?

I am using Emacs 25.2.1 with Evil Spacemacs on Linux.


I put this in ~/.spacemacs but then Emacs would say "Spacemacs encountered an error while loading your ~/.spacemacs file.":

(define-key evil-normal-state-map ",c" (lambda () (interactive) (find-file "~/capture.org")))

I put this in ~/.spacemacs but it had no effect (", c" opened agenda dispatcher as usual):

(with-eval-after-load 'evil-maps
  (define-key evil-normal-state-map ",c" (lambda () (interactive) (find-file "~/capture.org"))))

2 Answers 2


You can install evil-leader package and create your own leader apart from SPC. Or you can use

(define-key evil-normal-state-map (kbd ", m c") 'command)

ps: check the quotes, I am not sure about them

  • I attempted this with the ",mc" key sequence bound to (lambda () (interactive) (find-file "~/capture.org")). See the attempt in question's UPDATE_1.
    – wolfv
    Jul 9, 2017 at 16:21
  • I tried it as well. But it works well for me. Check if you have any other commands for the same key binding Jul 9, 2017 at 17:14
  • Default Evil Spacemacs ",c" keybinding is org-capture. So that could could be a conflict. Are you using Evil Spacemacs?
    – wolfv
    Jul 9, 2017 at 22:30
  • yeah I am using evil spacemacs and I haven't enabled org layer. Check the org layer config and try to override it. Jul 10, 2017 at 1:16
  • Where is ""org layer config"? Google did not find it.
    – wolfv
    Jul 10, 2017 at 6:20

Assuming you have changed the SPC to , already. M-m is the other name for spacemacs/set-leader-keys

(define-key evil-normal-state-map (kbd "M-m c") (lambda () (interactive) 
(find-file "~/capture.org")))
  • "these kinds of questions" what? Please explain. I am new to Emacs and the Emacs community and want to use the appropriate forum.
    – wolfv
    Aug 9, 2017 at 6:05

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