When I use ispell, it suggests replacements for misspelled words in a window at the top of the screen. However, it is too small, and I can barely read the words it contains.

How do I increase the size of the "suggestions" window?

I'm using Emacs in GUI mode. Currently, I primarily use it on my work MacBook (Mac OS Mojave) but I believe I've observed similar results in Ubuntu 19.10.

  • minibuffer refers to a different animal in Emacs jargon. You have a small window size containing a buffer with ispell suggestions and that window is what you wish to increase in size, not a minibuffer.
    – lawlist
    Jan 29, 2020 at 2:09
  • By "I can barely read the words it contains" are you meaning that the font size is too small? The spelling suggestions should be the same size as the text in most of your other buffers?
    – phils
    Jan 29, 2020 at 7:26
  • My font size is the same, but the words are cut off. I'm guessing it's something about my font size being increased but the window size not compensating for that? Jan 29, 2020 at 17:35
  • Interesting. I wasn't able to reproduce the issue, but perhaps it's specific to the Mac build. A recipe to recreate this starting from emacs -Q would be useful.
    – phils
    Jan 30, 2020 at 6:00

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Customize the variable ispell-choices-win-default-height, which has a default value of 2. The doc-string states:

"The default size of the `*Choices*' window, including the mode line.
Must be greater than 1."

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