When I make tables in org-mode, if the column value in the next row is longer, after pressing TAB, the new vertical alignment of "|" gets a bit distorted. This used to work fine before, it also works fine when I launch Emacs with emacs -q. Not sure what caused the problem, but I installed avy, swiper, swiper-helm and I've updated the system (I am on Fedora 27), but something messed things up. I've tried moving .emacs.d and to another folder leaving it empty, clearing .emacs and re-installing Emacs and org-mode only, it didn't help. Anyone had a similar problem? I saw some posts about the font type, but I am using the same font as before.

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  • When I use -q option, supposedly emacs doesn't load the .emacs file and the alignment of the table bars works fine. But if delete both .emacs and .emacs.d then install org-mode and try to make a table the alignment doesn't work. What else is not loaded when emacs opens with -q flag?
    – Arktik
    Commented Jan 1, 2018 at 17:24
  • I guess, org-mode internally also reacts to -q flag.
    – Arktik
    Commented Jan 1, 2018 at 17:46
  • When you say you install org-mode, that makes us wonder whether the built-in version of org-mode that ships with Emacs works well when starting Emacs with the -q flag. And, it also makes us wonder whether you are downloading a newer version of org-mode that does not ship with Emacs. Try to narrow down the problem to the built-in org-mode without any user configuration; or, a newer version of org-mode without any user configuration.
    – lawlist
    Commented Jan 1, 2018 at 19:24
  • Ah, you are right, I should have checked the versions, I thought -q just picks up the same org-mode in .emacs.d/elpa. I am on Emacs 25.3.1, the -q uses org-mode version 8.2.10, whereas I have installed 9.1.5 from "org" repository. Also, if I revisit the file, the bars get aligned properly.
    – Arktik
    Commented Jan 1, 2018 at 19:49
  • I have the same issue, the last days - GNU Emacs 25.3.2 (x86_64-pc-linux-gnu, GTK+ Version 3.18.9) of 2017-09-12 - Org mode version 9.1.5 (9.1.5-1-gb3ddb0-elpa @ /home/psnc/.emacs.d/elpa/org-20171225/) - Org-mode version 8.2.10 (release_8.2.10 @ /usr/share/emacs/25.3/lisp/org/) Commented Jan 2, 2018 at 17:54

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The bug seems to have been fixed: org-mode version 9.1.5-10, 2018-01-02 from org seems to align the bars properly. I also have the following in my .emacs file: (add-to-list 'package-archives '("org" . "http://orgmode.org/elpa/") t)

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    Please note that the Org Elpa domain protocol has changed from http to https at the beginning of this year. Commented Jan 25, 2018 at 11:17

My Solution :


  • Org mode version 9.1.5 (9.1.5-1-gb3ddb0-elpa @ /home/psnc/.emacs.d/elpa/org-20171225/)

and use

  • Org-mode build in version 8.2.10 (release_8.2.10 @ /usr/share/emacs/25.3/lisp/org/)
  • I am not that bothered with the way the table looks when I type it in (I don't type in many tables) and since the alignment is restored with C-x C-v, I thought I will stick with 9.1.5. I've seen in another post people complaining about this so maybe someone experienced will look into it.
    – Arktik
    Commented Jan 2, 2018 at 18:22
  • That seems a bit too radical to me: you can downgrade to a pre-9.1.5 release without going back all the way to 8.2.10. Of course, you may be happy with 8.2.10 (after all, it is what's distributed with currently released emacs), but the fact that you installed 9.1.5 presumably means you wanted a more modern version. It is very likely that this bug will be fixed in the next weekly release from ELPA - assuming it is brought to the attention of the devs. The best way to do that is M-x org-submit-bug-report to send the report to the mailing list.
    – NickD
    Commented Jan 2, 2018 at 18:39
  • I am fairly new to Emacs, I really just started diving into it from last week, I discover some really cool stuff every day :). I had no idea Emacs came with org-mode that's why I installed it. I did submit the bug report yesterday with (org-submit-bug-report).
    – Arktik
    Commented Jan 2, 2018 at 19:09
  • As other user has reported, you can upgrade to 9.1.6 now (Jan 25, 2018) available on Org Elpa. That contains the fix for this issue. Commented Jan 25, 2018 at 11:15
  • Version 9.1.13 also does not align properly
    – Diogo
    Commented Jun 4, 2018 at 2:36

My org-mode table columns were not lining up because I was not using a fixed-width font. After switching to one of the mono fonts, they aligned.

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