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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Is it possible to make the echo area next to cursor?

The problem: I found it's tiredsome to move my eyeballs up and down from where my cursor is to the bottom echo area. The question: is it possible to make the echo area dynamically allocated close to ...
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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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decrease time until “C-x-” shows in echo area after pressing the keys

When I try enter commands via C-x, it takes 1-2 seconds until the echo area shows this prefix key, as C-x-. I'm quite new to Emacs, so this often confuses me, and I get lost. The ESC key acts ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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Is there a variable to toggle Emacs 24.4 elisp return “noise”?

In Emacs 24.4, every time I evaluate a form in ielm or using C-x C-e it prints a lot of extraneous output that while useful, sometimes gets in the way. As an example, (+ 1 1) ;=> 2 (#o2, #x2, ?\C-...
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Echo Area font face?

Is there any way to set a custom face for the echo area (and, by extension, the Isearch input text)? So far my searching hasn't turned up anything, except that it seems like there isn't a way to ...
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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 to stop background processes interrupting minibuffer

I have a couple of background processes that I regularly run, such as mu4e and jabber-mode. These, and other, processes provide updates to the minibuffer. Unfortunately, they do so when I'm already ...
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Can I focus the echo area when there’s no prompt?

Suppose I type M-! uname -a RET. A message like this is displayed in the echo area: Linux pergamon 4.15.0-33-generic #36-Ubuntu SMP Wed Aug 15 16:00:05 UTC 2018 x86_64 x86_64 x86_64 GNU/Linux I want ...
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What's this line between the modeline and the echo area?

I'm using a dark theme, so it's a bit hard to see, but there is a black line between the modeline and the echo area in the shot above. You can also see it between the modeline and a hydra, and the ...
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How to show a message in the echo area not immediately but after a certain delay and to disappear it after a certain delay

The following show the message "something" in the echo area immediately, and this message remains there unless I do a second action (e.g. moving the cursor, executing anther command etc) (message "...
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Center text in minibuffer/echo area?

Q: is there a way to center the minibuffer/echo area horizontally? I use Emacs in a single, very wide frame split into three windows side by side. I'm usually working in the center window, with the ...
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Messages dissapear too quickly from echo area

When using flymake or similar, syntax highlighting messages will appear in the echo area when you move the cursor to the position of the error. My problem is that it dissapears too quickly. After ...
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How to direct `M-:`'s value to the current buffer?

According to the Emacs manual, M-: evaluates an Emacs Lisp expression and prints the value in the echo area. How can I direct the value to the current buffer instead?
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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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Error running timer “show-paren-function” when displaying matching line in message/mini buffer

I want to display the line contains matching bracket in the message/mini buffer at the bottom of emacs. I found some code on emacs Wiki, after put it in init file, emacs do show the maching line in ...
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Add bottom margin to minibuffer / echo area?

When running emacs maximized on my new screen, a black shadow at the bottom, that for normal viewing angles is just a few pixels wide, interfers with the readability of the minibuffer / echo area. ...
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suppress command echoes from menu-bar items

When selecting items from the menu-bar, then the echo area echoes the selected menu item. Test this by selecting menu-bar -> file -> new window below, when you clicked this menu-bar item, then ...
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Prevent showing buffer reversion message while working in the minibuffer

Problem When the file underlying buffer foo is changed, Emacs shows Reverting buffer 'foo'. in the echo area. The problem is that it will do this even when I'm working in the minibuffer, and the ...
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Taking action depending on the presence of particular message in the echo area

I have my proper function to run latex, say my-tex. Sometimes one should run latex two times to get references right. A message like below in the echo area appears to tell this. How to identify ...
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How to remove visible margin on the sides of the echo area?

I have a question that might be unique. I am new to emacs, so please forgive me (or point me in the right direction) if I missed something obvious or say something wrong. My problem is that I have ...
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Invoke function on message

The debug-on-message variable tells Emacs to start the debugger when a matching message is displayed. How can I get Emacs to invoke my own function when a matching message is displayed? My motivation ...
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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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How to expand truncated information displayed in the echo area?

I am reading the Elisp Reference Manual. I have noticed that some informations are truncated (ellipsis: suspension points) while they are displayed in the echo area. How to view (know) their full ...
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Persistent message in the echo area?

I'm using emacs 25.1. I know that I can send a message to the echo area via (message "Message text"). However, that message disappears whenever buffers are switched or other similar changes take ...
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Multi-line echo area for displaying function signature with semantic-idle-summary-mode

Description I've got some c-functions with long argument lists. Even if that is bad style I would like semantic-idle-summary-mode to help me with those bad style functions. Pityingly it keeps the ...
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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).
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How to stop Emacs from blinking?

My echo area blinks whenever I move the cursor up to end-of-buffer or beginning of buffer: This happens even when I comment out everything in my .emacs file. Where does this feature come from and ...
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mu4e overwrites minibuffer output when switching buffers

I'm using mu4e for email and I really like it. The only time it annoys me is when I'm switching buffers and I want to see a list of suggested buffer names in the echo area / minibuffer, because mu4e ...
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Latex compilation message in the echo area dissapears too soon

The outcome (success/error) of a Latex compilation (TeX-command-run-all) is printed in the echo area. Once you press a key, however, the echo area is cleared and the message is gone. I usually look at ...
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How to block output of a command run with via `run-with-idle-timer`?

I use (run-with-idle-timer 45 t 'org-save-all-org-buffers) to automatically save all org-mode buffers when I am idling for 45 seconds. What I don't like about this is that it prints "All org-mode ...
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How to display Complete Evaluation Result in Echo Area itself in addition to new frame: Buffer > Message?

I am new to Emacs and Emacs-Lisp. I have the following code: (message "Her age is: %d" 10) (message "Her name is: %s" "Nancy") (message "My list is: %S" (list 7 4 2)) When I evaluate, it displays ...
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How to change the face of org-display-outline-path in echo area?

In org-mode, I set all the outlines to be displayed in one face size (regardless of their hierarchy) by setting (setq org-level-color-stars-only t). However, when I select an outline, org-mode ...
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echo-area: disable help messages

I get the following in my minibuffer and I want to disable these basic help messages. Anyone know how? Type C-x 1 to delete the help window Type "q" in help window to restore it's previous buffer ...
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Configure echo time for input of key-sequence prefix keys

I am writing latex code with AUCTEX. I very often highlight text in bold or italics. For instance, AUCTEX comes with the command C-c C-f C-e, wich can be used to emphasize text in an active marked ...
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Icicles showing user-error message in echo area during TAB-completion

i have a strange behaviour of my emacs (25.1.1) running in cygwin within a terminal window (mintty 2.7.3). Every time when doing TAB-competion (eg. M-x describe-func) I got following messages in the ...
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Problems with inhibit-message [duplicate]

I'm attempting to suppress certain minibuffer messages, but can't seem to get my configuration to work. There are two stack exchange answers that address this (here and here) and both suggest using a ...
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Why is the result of evaluating this function not being displayed in minibuffer?

I wrote an interactive function to get the contents of a line from the current position of point to the last non-blank character on a line. However, when after evaluating the function with C-x C-e, ...
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Revert buffer messages in echo area obscure minibuffer

My issue is that when I switch git branches in a project, each file that changes needs its buffer to revert, and this message is spat to the echo area for each file. If I try to run a command from the ...
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Show cut-off line in mini buffer?

When using ECB, the lines for function names are often long and get cut-off in the sidebar: Is there a way to show the full line that the cursor is at in the mini buffer when it is cut off due to its ...
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ECB Never ask to make buffer read-only

In my current Emacs configuration, when ECB is active and I find-file in a non-existing directory, I keep getting interrupted to answer the following question in the echo-area: File /tmp/new-foo/bar....