I am using ruler-mode and would like to change the background and foreground colour of the cursor indicator.

Had a go with ruler-mode-current-column but emacs is complaining that ruler-mode-current-column is not a face.

(defun lex-ruler ()

  (add-hook 'window-configuration-change-hook
            (lambda ()
          (ruler-mode 1)))

  (set-face-attribute 'ruler-mode-current-column nil
              :background "#ff4500" :foreground "#ffffff"))

1 Answer 1


The customize system is the best way to go here. It groups all of the settings for the mode together, and that includes the various faces the mode defines. Use M-x customize-group ruler-mode to go directly to the mode’s settings. Each face is concisely described, and includes a sample, so you should have no trouble finding the one(s) you wish to modify.


It’s certainly a face here:

(face-attribute 'ruler-mode-current-column :foreground)

(set-face-attribute 'ruler-mode-current-column nil :foreground "blue")

(face-attribute 'ruler-mode-current-column :foreground)

What does it do when you try it?

  • Have encountered ruler-mode-current-column, but still need to do this in elisp.
    – Dilna
    Sep 10, 2022 at 22:18
  • Why do you need to do it in elisp?
    – db48x
    Sep 10, 2022 at 23:30
  • Because I take care of various versions of emacs and want to just send the .el file.
    – Dilna
    Sep 10, 2022 at 23:32
  • The customize interface saves your settings as elisp in your init file; is that not good enough?
    – db48x
    Sep 10, 2022 at 23:35
  • Could I pick up the code from there?
    – Dilna
    Sep 10, 2022 at 23:52

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