I want to use the current word as the input when I do helm-projectile-ag. That saves me the typing work. I didn't see this option in customize.

How would I implement that?

2 Answers 2


Found it. The setting is

(setq helm-ag-insert-at-point 'symbol)

Reference: https://github.com/syl20bnr/spacemacs/issues/1848#issuecomment-108973505


IMHO, the helm-ag-insert-at-point is only applicable to helm-ag, not helm-projectile-ag.

I think you should use following elisp snippet: https://github.com/ageldama/configs/blob/master/emacs/dot-emacs-2018#L252

(defun my-helm-projectile-rg--region-selection (old-fn &rest arguments)
  (let ((thing (thing-at-point 'symbol)))
    (if (null thing)
        (apply old-fn arguments)

(advice-add #'helm-projectile-rg--region-selection
            :around #'my-helm-projectile-rg--region-selection)
  • 3
    This is not necessary, (setq helm-ag-insert-at-point 'symbol) works for helm-projectile-ag
    – bpaul
    Sep 26, 2018 at 17:43
  • To back up the first comment. This is not true - 'symbol works just fine. You should edit or remove your reply.
    – RichieHH
    Dec 11, 2019 at 8:18

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