Questions tagged [echo-area]

is the blank line at the very bottom of an Emacs frame. Emacs by default reserves that screen space for echoing keystrokes, error messages, complier messages, messages from background processes, and alerts. Since the `echo-area` is a special case of the `minibuffer` window, it uses the same functions for customizing its size and display attributes.

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Make use of an empty echo area to display information

The echo area is empty most of the time, which makes me think that I could use it to display some information. For example, org-clock displays the current task, the remaining time and the total ...
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Suppress message in minibuffer when a buffer is saved?

Whenever a buffer is saved, a message is displayed in minibuffer. Wrote foo.bar I use real-auto-save to save modified buffers every 5 seconds. Due to this minibuffer is getting spammed. Sometimes, ...
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Print message in echo area with no “quotes”?

Q: how do I print a message in the echo area without surrounding quotes? Here's a simple command: (defun test-fn () (interactive) (message "Test message")) When I call it as an interactive ...
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Inspect message output

When I save my file, I can see output of some commands in the echo area. The thing is, that it's very fast and the next message will overwrite the previous one. So I just see the message Wrote FILE. ...
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Send process output to *Messages* buffer, but bypass the echo area

Is it possible to send the output from a process-filter to the *Messages* buffer and suppress that message output from appearing in the echo area, such that I am able to simultaneously use interactive ...
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How to copy minibuffer contents?

To post this question and this question, I had to copy the contents of minibuffer. I tried to copy from minibuffer but it didn't worked. I came across this discussion and checked *Messages* buffer ...
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How to display a message in echo-area only

Is it possible to display a message in the echo area without logging it in buffer *Messages*?
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How to get keystrokes displayed in the echo area immediately?

How do I get keystrokes displayed in the echo area immediately? For example: when I enter the key sequence C-u j, it will not display in the echo area immediately, but then I press key k, and I ...
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Can I show a clock in the echo area?

Most of the time my echo area sits empty while the modeline of each of my windows displays plenty of redundant redundant information (current time, system load, and various other buffer-independent ...
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What minor mode prints opening paren in the echo area?

This is a really nice feature, but it only displays when inserting a paren, not when changing to a cursor position. Is there an interactive command that I can call to display this? Can I configure it ...
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Is there a way to disable the “buffer is read-only” warning?

I don't find this warning particularly helpful and pretty distracting because it hides the current text in the echo area for a brief moment. Is also seems unnecessary, because I will notice anyway ...
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How can I suppress certain messages from being echoed in the echo-area?

Is there a way to filter out certain messages from being echoed in the echo-area while still being logged in to the Messages buffer ? Use case scenario being an aggressive backward delete in the ...
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How can I set face for echo-area message

When I print messages using (message (propertize "text" 'face 'some-face)) properties get printed as text: #("text" 0 4 (face some-face)) How can I have faces displayed properly?
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How to use the echo area to display useful information? [duplicate]

Since the echo area at the bottom of a frame is blank when the minibuffer is not active, I'd like to use it for something I don't always need but is informative (like showing org's clocking, battery ...
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Can I write Information into the mini-buffer (like an extra mode line)

I was wondering if it is possible (with any reasonable amount of work) to write infos into the mini buffer (because not every window needs to tell me the time for example).