Linux Mint , Emacs 27.2

Dired, Dired+, Dired-k

As a result here is the dired mode view

Dired mode

As you can see, the names of files:

  • to.do.org
  • to.do.org_archive_2017
  • to.do.org_archive_2019

are gray. Can I remove this gray color?

2 Answers 2


Put your cursor on a char with that gray foreground, and use C-u C-x =. The *Help* tells you (near the bottom) what face(s) are used there.

Then use M-x customize-face to customize the face(s) to be as you like.

  • After set this: (dired-k-human-readable t) the gray color is gone May 10, 2021 at 19:31
  • If that's an answer, please consider submitting as an answer (perhaps with some explanation). You can accept your own answer.
    – Drew
    May 10, 2021 at 23:12

After set this: (dired-k-human-readable t) the gray color is gone

Use human readable size format option.

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Here another settings: color depends on file size

color depends on file size

Here another settings: color depends on file date. enter image description here

  • Can you provide a brief explanation of what this does?
    – Tyler
    May 11, 2021 at 14:15
  • @Tyler I update my answer. As you can see no more gray file names. May 11, 2021 at 14:28
  • Why were they gray before? I presume that dired-k-human-readable is some variable defined in dired-k: what does it mean? what is its doc string? (I don't have dired-k installed, so it would be nice if you added that kind of explanation, so that people like me can find out what is going on without having to install dired-k themselves).
    – NickD
    May 11, 2021 at 19:54
  • @NickD I was updated my answer. May 11, 2021 at 19:57
  • What does human readable size format option have to do with colors?
    – NickD
    May 11, 2021 at 21:05

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