I want to use relative line numbers and therefore I turned on this mode: Global Display Line Numbers Mode. When I want to customize this variable, there is no option in customizing the color of the bar or remove it entirely. How do I achieve this?

It looks like this:

line number bar

Thanks for any help in advance :^)

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The face that are used for line numbers are line-number and line-number-current-line. Customizing the background color of these faces might be your solution. You may also need to deal with the fringe face. Here is more information about margins and fringes.

I did not understand what you mean by "remove it entirely", I guess turning off display-line-numbers-mode does the job.

  • That is what I was looking for. thanks May 31, 2023 at 15:40

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