Questions tagged [customize]

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How to change the cursor type and color?

I would like to change the cursor, like in Terminal, from the block to the I-Beam cursor. From this: To this: How would I do this? Also, on a side note, how do I change the color of the cursor?
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How can I get undo behavior in Evil similar to Vim's?

The default undo behavior in Evil is too coarse-grained because it considers anything taking place between entering insert mode and leaving it as one edit operation. When you enter a whole paragraph ...
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Set column widths in `ibuffer`

Is there a way to customize the widths of the columns in ibuffer? Specifically, I want to widen the Name column to be able to read more of the buffer names before they get truncated. I have tried ...
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describe-face character not under / unreachable by the cursor

I like using a combination of describe-face and customize-face to adjust the appearance of my working environment. Sometime this workflow fails when I want to change the face of a location I can not ...
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Is there a way to change color of active window's fringe?

To better distinguish between focused window and rest that are not I would love to change this window's fringe color. Discovering customize with fringe keyword I found only how to change its bg color ...
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Make Buffer List take focus?

How can I make it so that when I press C-xC-b to access the Buffer List that that buffer automatically takes focus instead of having to switch to it manually with C-xo? I can't find a variable that ...
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How to Change size of split screen emacs windows?

If I have Emacs split horizontally and on top I'm editing elisp code and on the bottom I am in the shell. By default, Emacs makes the two windows equal in size, but I'd like the shell buffer smaller. ...
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Emacs always ask to trust colour theme at startup

My Emacs always prompts me if it should trust selected colour theme or not. I always answer y and y to trust and remember my choice. I'm loading colour theme manually: (load-theme 'my-favourite-theme)...
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How to customize syntax highlight for just a given mode

I would like to change the syntax highlighting in my lua-mode.el without affecting other major modes. Just as an example, I would like "key words" like if, then, else to be in bold and blue typeface ...
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Dired: only reuse buffer for directories

To prevent creation of a buffer every single time I enter a directory in dired I use this: (put 'dired-find-alternate-file 'disabled nil) My problem now is that when I visit a file from dired ...
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Can I change the background color of the inactive minibuffer?

I tried it with the following settings: (add-hook 'minibuffer-setup-hook (lambda () (make-local-variable 'face-remapping-alist) (add-to-list 'face-remapping-alist '(default (:...
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How can I fill the entire line number bar with a custom background color?

In the screenshot below I have simply set the background of the linum face to some color, however there is a blank region at the end of the buffer and there are gaps between the lines when line ...
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How can I add a new colon-command to Evil?

evil-mode introduces vim-style colon commands (such as :wq to save and close). I have a few commands (such as kill-buffer, org-babel-tangle) that I'd like to be able to run through this instead of ...
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How can I change where the customize puts custom-set-variables

Basically I would like to have (custom-set-variables ...) in a seperate file and for me to load that file. This is just for the purpose of organisation of my init file. How can I change the default ...
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How can I prevent GNU Emacs from splitting windows on startup?

Whenever I try to open an existing file with GNU Emacs, the window always split horizontally so as to show two buffers: one buffer containing the file and the GNU Emacs buffer. How can I set up Emacs ...
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How can I make customize use single quote for quotation?

Is it possible to teach customize to save its variables using single quote ' instead of quote? Example: … '(package-archives '(("gnu" . "http://elpa.gnu.org/packages/") ("...
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What does customize: Set for Current Session do?

I have a variable that I want to switch between two different values and have it apply for the whole session. I'm able to do this using M-x customize-variable and picking "Set for Current Session". ...
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Highlight \n and %s “inside” strings

Is it possible for Emacs to highlight backslash escape (e.g. \n) and format keyword (e.g. %s) inside string, without messing up current modes' faces? Like this:
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Avoid following link when using org-return-follows-link and point is at end of line

The option org-return-follows-link is wonderfully convenient except when the point is at the end of the line where the intention is usually to insert a carriage return. What's the best way to change ...
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How do you change the text cursor height and thickness?

I would like to change the shape of the cursor to something like the following image: It's a bit taller and thicker than the default one. How do I do that?
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Create a file link in org-mode that accepts spaces in the text

My org file looks something like this: * Space Radiation ** Gamma Ray Info - file://Library\March 2015\Gamma Ray Radiation Fundamentals.pdf - some notes However the title has spaces so the ...
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In table-mode, how do I change the face used for cells?

If I make a table (with M-x table-insert), the background color is a dark blue, and the text color is a light grey. I'd like to make the face different, but I'm not sure what face I need to change. ...
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Can you describe a face color in terms of an inherited face color?

Specifically, I want tags in org mode to be a variant of the color of the corresponding heading (e.g. less saturated or lighter). Each org mode heading level is a different color, so I can't just ...
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How do I determine where a variable is set? [duplicate]

When I execute a M-x describe-variable web-mode-markup-indent-offset I get this output: web-mode-markup-indent-offset is a variable defined in `web-mode.el'. Its value is 4 Original value was 2 ...
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Where is the default color / custom theme defined?

When you start Emacs with emacs -Q, there appears to be some sort of default color scheme. Where are these colors defined? The default theme does not show up with M-x customize, nor can I find it in ...
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Specify the order in which `defcustom`s are presented in the Customize UI?

I have an Emacs mode. It has a defgroup and a number of defcustoms. Let's say: (defgroup some-group nil "Some group" :prefix "prefix-" :group 'languages) (defcustom some-option-1 t "Option 1"...
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Customize ??? in which-func-mode

I have which-function-mode enabled and from time to time it shows ???. Is it possible to customize this to eg '∅'. I have tried to customize group "Which Func" but did not find something suiteable. ...
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Organizing Info Directory Node

When I open the Emacs info reader, the top directory node is really cluttered. It's difficult enough to navigate that it puts me off from using it. There are a few things that I can't figure out how ...
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Shifting Emacs Theme from one Computer to Another

I am a little new to emacs and have managed to get the color theme to my liking. However, I want to be able to use the same theme on a different machine and have been struggling to get it to work. I ...
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Detecting variable changed outside customize

I have used "Customize" to set a value for semantic-lex-c-preprocessor-symbol-file. However, after loading up .emacs, this isn't the value I see. On opening up the "Customize" menu for this variable, ...
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Change color of org-mode checkboxes

I'd like to change the color of unchecked checkboxes in org-mode. To be exact, I want them to be displayed in the color of TODO keywords. So I've tried to tackle this using custom-set-faces and :...
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Find all customization type mismatches?

Occasionally, defcustoms change their :type and I fail to update my customizations. How can I get Emacs to list all the variables where customize things there's a type mismatch?
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buffer menu unsort entries

Where can I handle how the control + left-click menu displays entries? This is how it looks when it is displayed the way I want, i.e. with no fancy sorting by file type: And this is how it looks ...
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how to not save duplicate information in Customize?

On a fresh install of emacs, I loaded my personal init files with all my custom lisp code. Then I changed one setting using the Customize interface and saved my changes. But in the custom.el file, ...
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Word wrap line option by default

Recently I discovered emacs as a text editor for my latex documents. So far, I am excited with how powerful the editor is. However, I have a problem with line wrapping. More precisely, in the option ...
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Display all setq possibilities

When I install a new package, more often than not there are variables that I can set - to customise the package. I love customisations, which is why I use Emacs in the first place. For example, I ...
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How to use .dir-locals.el with Projectile?

I'm trying to ignore some file patterns while performing helm-projectile-grep and some with helm-projectile-find-file. I've found that it could be achieved using .dir-locals.el here. Following this ...
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Running out of L:/ etters: shortcut for path needed

I'm working with files which are stored on a server. The structure on the server is: //SBS/share/path/to/somewhere/2007/ //SBS/share/path/to/somewhere/2008/ //SBS/share/path/to/somewhere/2009/ ... //...
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What happens if variable changed through customize is later changed by package maintainers?

For example, lets say a package defines a variable foo: (A B C), but through customize, I remove C from the list. Now the variable foo is (A B). What happens if later, the package maintainers change ...
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detecting obsolete/deprecated settings in elisp files, particularly .emacs

I recently got bitten by a deprecated setting breaking a new package I was trying to use. The same behaviour had been reported by a number of users before me, but the authors were unable to reproduce ...
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Separate customizations according to modes

Using emacs 25.2.2 on Kubuntu 18.04. I have customized several variables using M-x customize-variable. So, there is a large custom-set-variables section at the very beginning of my init.el. Moreover, ...
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Enable any outline mode for markdown

First of all, from http://www.emacswiki.org/emacs/AllOut: Allout outline mode is part of GnuEmacs. Allout outline mode provides extensive outline formatting and manipulation beyond standard ...
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How to customize emacs toolbar?

Let say I want to add a Toolbar icon to emacs which when clicked should "Select all" text in the current window. We know for selecting text we can use M-x mark-whole-buffer. How can I use this ...
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How do I move custom- commands into a separate file and include them in .spacemacs?

I don't know whether it is because I started using org-mode but when I checked the .spacemacs file this is what I found: ;; Do not write anything past this comment. This is where Emacs will ;; ...
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emacsclient directly start eshell command command line

Both of the following work to call a graphical/terminal eshell: emacs -f eshell emacs -nw -f eshell Furthermore, this 2-step process also works: `emacsclient -t -a '' /some/real/file/name Metax ...
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how to define color for part of a comment?

How to make colored some part of comment? Let comment be ;; This is James Bond diary. And I want to make "James Bond" in green. There will be only a few such strings and no places where it will be ...
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How do I set a variable in all programming modes?

I'd like tab-width to be set to 2 in all programming modes. I use prelude (which might be one of the problems), but I have this in my custom.el (which is sort of the analogue to .emacs): (setq my-...
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How can I disable “q” in normal state in evil for some modes?

I'm using Spacemacs. I noticed that in help-mode, q quits, which is exactly what I want. However, in certain other modes, customize-mode, for example, q is bound to evil-record-macro. (I set it to ...
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org-mode latex and pdf export custom title

I'm using the latest org-plus-contrib package from the org ELPA archive under emacs 24.5 (Linux and OSX). I needed to have a custom title which includes a logo PNG in documents I export from org to ...
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How can I override initial-buffer-choice if I specify a filename at command line?

In my .emacs file I have the following line in custom-set-variables: '(initial-buffer-choice "~/Programming/C++/<some project I'm working on>") This works great. However, I use emacs to edit ...