I am running emacs on Windows. I am trying to change the bullet face of org-bullet. Now it looks like this: enter image description here

I did several search and changed my default font to several different types but the problem persists. Now I have changed my emacs font to:

(set-frame-font "Inconsolata Regular" nil t)

Basically, "◉" gets displayed to the one showing on my screenshot. Any suggestions on how to fix it? Ideally I just to want to display better bullet without change my gloabal font.

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The problem is the font's unicode support. I installed DejaVu Sans and was able to display all the unicode symbols. The unicode font pacakge is very helpful.


There’s no way to change the font for just the bullets, but you can change the font for the whole heading without changing the default font. Put your cursor on the heading and type C-u C-x =. This runs what-cursor-position, which gives you all the details about the character under the cursor. Scroll down to the text properties until you find the “face” being used for this text. It will likely be org-level-1, unless you were on a heading at a different level. Click on the face name (or move your cursor to it and hit enter), and it will take you to a description of the face and its attributes. You can use the customize button in this view to edit the face; changing the “Family” attribute will allow you to select a different font. You can also change the height, weight, color, and so on if you like.

It’s a little bit annoying that there are eight of these faces, and that they don’t inherit from a useful common face. If you want to use the same font for all of them, you’ll probably want to customize them all.

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