I used highlight-symbol to show all selected text in spacemacs, but that looks not very good as sublime text did as following pic:

My question is that if spacemacs could use box style without color for other selected one? I knows most highlight el could use color to highlight all selected text, that is not good enough.

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  • If you are stuck after defining @dalanicolai's hi-box, perhaps this way: (custom-set-faces '(isearch ((t (:inherit hi-box)))) '(lazy-highlight ((t (:inherit hi-box)))))
    – roomworoof
    Apr 23 at 3:13

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You could define a simple face for this as follows:

(defface hi-box
  '((t (:box t )))
  "Box face for hi-lock mode."
  :group 'hi-lock-faces)

Then don't forget to add it as first element in hi-lock-face-defaults:

(add-to-list 'hi-lock-face-defaults "hi-box")

Note that you need to require hi-lock.el first for the variable to become available.

Subsequently, to further customize the face you can do M-x customize-face hi-box. There you can style the box to your liking.

  • when I added (add-to-list 'hi-lock-face-defaults "hi-box"), spacemacs shows error as following: (Spacemacs) Error in dotspacemacs/user-config: Symbol’s value as variable is void: hi-lock-faces
    – qbai
    Mar 24 at 0:04
  • Yeah, as I wrote in the answer, you have to place a (require 'hi-lock) before it (before the line with the 'add-to-list'). Mar 24 at 3:19

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