When I follow from one Org file to another via a link, the new file appears in alternative window if there is one. Is there a way to follow links staying in the same window?

For example, I use a frame with two horizontally split windows. Left is for code, right is for docs in Org format. If I follow a link in the right window, the new Org file is opened on the left side, and I do not see the buffer with a code anymore.

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The behaviour for opening files is set in org-link-frame-setup.

By default, the behaviour for opening files is file-find-other-window.

The following two alternative commands will change that so that find-file is executed instead of find-file-other-window:

(setf (cdr (assoc 'file org-link-frame-setup)) 'find-file)
(setf (cdr (rassoc 'find-file-other-window org-link-frame-setup)) 'find-file)
  • That works, thanks a lot! Commented Jan 13, 2021 at 0:06
  • Maybe it would be good to add that if you want the default behavior sometimes, you can use C-x 4 C-o or C-x 5 C-o with the cursor on a link, respectively. Commented Jul 1, 2023 at 14:35

This works for me:

  (setq org-link-frame-setup
   '((vm . vm-visit-folder-other-frame)
     (vm-imap . vm-visit-imap-folder-other-frame)
     (gnus . org-gnus-no-new-news)
     (file . find-file)
     (wl . wl-other-frame)))

The above code was automatically generated by Emacs when I customized the variable. I merely recast it using setq.

  • please explain/reason a little your response
    – Muihlinn
    Commented Jan 14, 2021 at 16:32
  • enough, add it to response and it's good.
    – Muihlinn
    Commented Jan 14, 2021 at 17:02
  • 2
    In the end I also changed it via customization, but I decided to leave it where it is and do not use setq for it. Commented Jan 15, 2021 at 12:06
  • There is no problem with that. I use setq because it helps me to better organize my configurations together.
    – Edman
    Commented Jan 15, 2021 at 16:44

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