I use alot the M-o i shortcut (which, according to the key description, runs the command facemenu-set-italic) to emphasize parts of my text. Over the years I have changed several computers (hence OSes and distributions) and I notice that depending on the overall configuration, this command wraps the selected text (... below) either in


or in

{\em ...}

For several (more or less technical or trivial) reasons, I prefer \emph{...} to {\em ...}, but in my current configuration I get the latter. I tried to find where this is configured, but without any success. Any ideas?

  • Not an answer to your question, but if you use LaTeX a lot, I'd suggest using AUCTeX.
    – andrej
    Oct 21, 2018 at 11:09
  • @andrej: Thanks for the suggestion. To be honest, I am not 100% sure, but I do believe I am already using it (for instance, I do have the RefTex mode). Oct 21, 2018 at 21:28

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You have to customize the variable tex-latex-face-alist adding this code to .emacs

(with-eval-after-load "tex-mode"
  (setq tex-latex-face-alist `((italic . "\\emph{ ")

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