emacs 26.1

I split windows-horizontally by split-window-horizontally

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Nice. Now I want to get smt like this:

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I try split-window-vertically , but I get this (not correct result): enter image description here

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    Reverse the order: split vertically, then horizontally.
    – Dan
    Nov 24, 2019 at 10:08
  • @Dan Yes, I know about this. But suppose I opened and split 5 windows. And if I want to get my result then I must close ALL windows and AGAIN open 5 windows in another order. It's not very good solution. Nov 24, 2019 at 10:33
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    you may be looking for something like edwina package. There are others which does more or less the same also.
    – Muihlinn
    Nov 25, 2019 at 8:01

2 Answers 2


Emacs is doing what you are asking it to do, unfortunately.

https://www.emacswiki.org/emacs/TransposeFrame is a package which allows you to flip the contents of your frame along the horizontal or vertical axis, or to rotate your frame (which is what you are asking for).

I find this reasonably useful, so have bound it to a key:

(global-set-key [C-S-f6] 'rotate-frame-clockwise)

For splitting the root window, I am using the following function (from Add window to the right of two horizontally split windows):

(defun split-root-window (size direction)
"splits the root window (i.e., can be used to
 create a split below/beside splits.)
 size, if positive  is the size of the current root window
 after the split, and if negative the size of the new split"
(split-window (frame-root-window)
              (and size (prefix-numeric-value size))

where direction is 'left, 'right, 'above or 'below and split-window is from windows.el

Auxilliary functions bound to keys:

(defun split-root-window-above (&optional size)
(interactive "P")
(split-root-window size 'above))

(defun split-root-window-below (&optional size)
(interactive "P")
(split-root-window size 'below))


Other solutions are found in the answers to the following question: Split Window at outermost border

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