I really like god-mode (https://github.com/emacsorphanage/god-mode), but one thing that bothers me about it is that i use commands such as C-x k, C-x b, C-x 1 ect. all the time. It doesnt feel efficient to have to use 3 key presses in god-mode to execute them (x 'space' 'someKey').

I never use the C-q command (Quoted-insert), so How can I make the 'q' key do the equivalent of "x 'space'" when in god-mode?

I would like to be able to do the following:

q 1 === x 'space' 1 === C-x 1 === delete-other-windows

q o === x 'space' o === C-x o === other-window

ect. Without having to write a lot of individual bindings in my init.el.

Here is an excerpt from my current god-mode config:

(defcustom god-mode-alist
  '((nil . "C-")   ;;Control
    ("g" . "M-")   ;;Meta
    ("G" . "C-M-") ;;Control+Meta
    ("m" . "C-M-") 
    ("z" . "s-")   ;;Super
    ("i" . "H-")   ;;Hyper
    ("t" . "A-")   ;;Alt
    ("q" . "A-")   ;;Alt
  "List of keys and their associated modifer."
  :group 'god
  :type '(alist))

(require 'god-mode)
(global-set-key (kbd ";") #'god-mode-all)
(global-set-key (kbd "C-;") #'god-mode-all)
(global-set-key (kbd "C-'") (lambda ()(interactive)(insert-char #x3B))) ;"insert semicolon"
(setq god-exempt-major-modes nil)
(setq god-exempt-predicates nil)
(define-key god-local-mode-map (kbd ".") #'repeat)


(global-set-key (kbd "A-o") (kbd "C-x o")) ;other-window
(global-set-key (kbd "A-b") (kbd "C-x b")) ;switch-to-buffer
(global-set-key (kbd "A-u") (kbd "C-x u")) ;undo
(global-set-key (kbd "A-0") (kbd "C-x 0")) ;delete-window
(global-set-key (kbd "A-1") (kbd "C-x 1")) ;delete-otherwindows
(global-set-key (kbd "A-2") (kbd "C-x 2")) ;split-window-below
(global-set-key (kbd "A-3") (kbd "C-x 3")) ;split-window-right

So right now I just bind q to the "Alt" modifier key, and then create a lot of manual bindings, which is also a sad waste of a good modifier key.

If it is possible to create a function for it, then I think I could bind the function to the q key like this: (define-key god-local-mode-map (kbd "q") #'some-function) like I did when I bound the "." key to the repeat function.

  • Somehow, this feels like a duplicate question...
    – Drew
    Jul 25, 2021 at 14:54

1 Answer 1


One option is:

(with-eval-after-load "god-mode"
  (define-key god-local-mode-map "q" ctl-x-map))

That won't account for keys bound in non-global keymaps, which may or may not be an issue.

If you need this to work for arbitrary key bindings, https://emacs.stackexchange.com/a/66633/454 is an answer to a similar question, and you could use the same unread-command-events approach here.

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