I was playing around a bit with custom themes. I found that using them would mess with my other settings and decided I wanted to revert to the standard emacs theme. I disabled the themes in question and removed calls to enable them in my .emacs file. But they kept loading.

I found that if I disabled desktop-save-mode ((desktop-save-mode 0) in .emacs) that I could finally load with the standard theme.

However, I would like to re-enable desktop-save-mode. But every time I try to it re-enables the old custom themes and screws up my other settings in my .emacs file.

I'd like to enable desktop-save-mode and not have any custom themes get re-applied when I do.

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I stumbled across this behavior as well. For me it was always enough to delete the emacs.desktop file, which contains the saved state including enabled modes etc.

  • That did the trick. Thank you.
    – tony
    Oct 6, 2022 at 14:36

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