I often get confused about the current desktop I'm using. Currently, I have to call (display-variable desktop-dirname) to see in which desktop I'm working.

It would be much nicer, if the current desktop would be displayed somewhere. The modeline seems to be ok for that.

How can I do that?

  • See Mode Line Format for the gory details of modifying the mode line. See Header Lines for an alternate location of where to put bits of information.
    – NickD
    Jun 19, 2020 at 13:12
  • Thanks for mentioning header lines! I'll stick with a much easier solution, though. Jun 24, 2020 at 7:12

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A very simple solution turned out to be:

(defun mg-desktop-message ()
  "Show the current desktop dirname in the minibuffer."
  (message "Current desktop: %s" desktop-dirname)

Bound to a convenient key. I don't need it all the time, but if I do it's very handy.

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