Windows 10, Emacs 25.1

By default package highlight-symbol has 9 colors. So I add new color, snow, to option highlight-symbol-colors:


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As a result Customize puts this in my init file:


    ("yellow" "DeepPink" "cyan" "MediumPurple1" "SpringGreen1" "DarkOrange" "HotPink1" "RoyalBlue1" "OliveDrab" "snow")))

As you can see the variable highlight-symbol-colors contains all 10 colors, including "snow".

My question is:

How to make option highlight-symbol-colors contain ONLY the colors I add, and not also the colors that it has by default?

I want the result to be something like this:

   (quote ("snow"))))

So as result I must use 10 colors.

Is this possible?

  • Please edit the title of your question, based on what you think you are really asking. The question is not clear as posed. I corrected the title based on what it seemed you were asking, which was how to use Customize to delete elements from a list value. Your comment to my answer suggests that that is not at all what you want to know.
    – Drew
    Commented Sep 2, 2017 at 17:15
  • IIUC what bothers you is the longish customize snippet. Then you could simply move this to another file. See the variable custom-file.
    – YoungFrog
    Commented Sep 3, 2017 at 7:19

1 Answer 1


Of course. In Customize, just click DEL for each of the colors that you do not want to include.

INS inserts a color value. DEL deletes a color value.

UPDATE after your comment:

Your comment suggests that you want to use a function in your init file that takes only "snow" as argument and adds it to the value of highlight-symbol-colors. If not, it is really not clear what you are asking.

If that's what you want, then do it:

(defun foo (&rest colors)
  "Add COLOR to the value of `highlight-symbol-colors`."
  (customize-set-variable 'highlight-symbol-colors
                          (append highlight-symbol-colors colors)))

Then put this in your init file: (foo "snow").

  • My mistake. Sorry. I want another behavior. I want to be all default colors value (9 colors). But in init.el to set only new (snow) color. Is it possible? So as result I must use 10 colors. Commented Sep 2, 2017 at 17:02
  • That's what I need. I want this because if some another variable has very long default list, I wan't to see ALL items of this list it in init.el. Commented Sep 2, 2017 at 17:52
  • If the answer is what you need then consider accepting it.
    – Drew
    Commented Sep 2, 2017 at 18:25

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