Questions tagged [minibuffer]

The minibuffer is a part of Emacs used to read in complex commands or arguments.

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Report time at whole hours by prompting mini-buffer

Reference to 31.10.6 Appointments of Emacs Manual It provides a handy solution to report hour and remind appointments: For example, suppose the diary file contains these lines: =M-x appt-add= ...
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Spacemacs: paste into minibuffer

Is there a way to paste something into the minibuffer? For example if I want to eval-expression and paste something in there neiter C-v or (obviously p) will work? There has to be a way.
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Can icomplete mode be enabled selectively, only for certain commands?

I'd like to use icomplete-mode for certain commands, but not for everything. Is there a way to enable it for just a list of commands I specify?
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Browse url at point when clicking and pressing super

I am trying to make emacs open the url displayed under the current point when I left click and press the super key at the same time. I am trying with this code but it does not work (global-set-key (...
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Ido mode - autocomplete in interactively mode

windows 10, emacs 26,1, ido mode I use ido mode. Suppose I start some command M-x magit Then TAB The possible completions are many and fill the screen: I need to continue typing and press TAB to ...
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M-. takes over my commands and can't execute OR C-g to escape

I am using Emacs 26.3 and trying out ggtags-company-mode to navigate my code base. I move my cursor to a function I want to jump to the definition of, poll_count, and enter M-. I now have this at ...
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How to suppress LSP message from flickering the minibuffer height?

I am facing an annoying problem which makes working very unpleasant: I am using Go LSP (backed by gopls) on Emacs 26.3 (9.0) on Mac. While working on Go code often a message of the form LSP :: ...
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Call a function and insert text in minibuffer prompt

I'd like to define a key binding that calls a function and inserts some default input in the function's minibuffer prompt. For example, I'd like to call the command ivy-switch-buffer and automatically ...
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Run function at the end and begin of any minibuffer interaction

I tried to advice read-from-minibuffer and read-string but nothing worked. For example, when I called yes-or-no-p, no advice handlers were called. Is there general way how to detect that user is ...
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Can't switch input sources in the minibuffer during Isearch

Incremental search doesn't allow me to switch between different input sources, e.g. US English to French, when I'm typing my search string into the minibuffer. Is there a way to fix this? It happens ...
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How can I disable the vertical scroll bar on just the minibuffer?

Look at this tiny scroll bar (circled in red): I think I could use the elisp function set-window-scroll-bars, but I don't know how to specify the minibuffer.
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^M appearing in minibuffer

when I invoke some function that requires to select an option from the minibuffer, there is often a first option tagged with [^M] what does it mean? How to select it?
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Display minibuffer on all frames

The minibuffer is only displayed on the active window's frame. For instance, the following creates three frames. The minibuffer shows on the first frame (the initial frame created and, thus, the ...
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How can I resume swiper-isearch with the next line selected?

What I'm trying to do is have swiper-isearch resume the last search with the next element selected. The definition of next is the next element from where my cursor currently is. You can read my ...
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How do I prevent `M-x` then `C-g` from entering the debugger?

M-x version gives: GNU Emacs 26.3 (build 1, x86_64-pc-linux-gnu, GTK+ Version 3.22.30) of 2019-12-02 Quitting the minibuffer in general, or (e.g.,) pressing M-x -> C-g in particular opens a *...
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How to cancel the minibuffer with M-x

I have M-x (and also my menu key) mapped to the command helm-M-x. How to write an elisp function or how to configure emacs so that M-x (and the menu key) performs as C-g when the minibuffer is open. ...
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Minibuffer for each window

Is there a way to have a minibuffer window for each window? I don't want recursive minibuffers, just one per window so that I don't have to look to the bottom of the screen when editing a window ...
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How do I set Icicles’s default sort order for filenames?

In general, Icicles sorts things in alphabetical order. However, something I can’t find has made it so filenames are sorted in descending alphabetical order (z, y, x … b, a). I can use C-M-, to ...
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emacs pinentry in minibuffer prompt blocks other frames?

I use Emacs in a terminal to read email using mu4e, mbsync. I have PassCmd "gpg2 -q --for-your-eyes-only --no-tty -d ~/.authinfo.gpg | awk '/machine imap.gmail.com login rudolf.sykora@gmail.com/ {...
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Setting the time for messages in the minibuffer

Messages that appear in the minibuffer disappear too quickly for me to read them. I would like them to last a few more seconds before disappearing. (I know I can press C-h e to see them again.) I ...
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How do I reset minibuffer when it seems to act like a regular buffer?

Occasionally the minibuffer acts somewhat like a "regular" buffer. By that I mean that when I type C-x o my cursor jumps to that buffer and then waits for me to type something. But I can't write ...
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Buffer-local input history for read-from-minibuffer

I've been trying to create a command that, when run, calls another function (my-function) which reads from the minibuffer and does some processing on the input. I want the command history for this ...
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Can't get out of minibuffer completion

Since upgrading from v. 24 to v. 25 [OSX 10.11.6] I find myself frequently fighting with minibuffer completion, as typing a tab after doing switch-to-buffer. ^G just beeps, and the completions ...
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Mark input in swiper-thing-at-point

Having some command automatically populate the input string is a great thing (particularly, I refer to the feature that swiper-thing-at-point provides). However, I would like to enhance this ...
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Display time of “You can run the command … with …” minibuffer hints

I type in, for example, M-x occur and it says You can run the command occur with M-s o. How can I make that last hint display for more than one second?
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How to automatically press the Tab key to execute minibuffer-complete after executing imenu?

I first set up this key binding : (global-set-key (kbd "<f4>") (lambda () (interactive) (other-window -1))) When I use imenu I always have to perform the following steps: Step 1: Press M-x ...
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How to call ivy-occur programmatically?

I would like to programmatically call an ivy or counsel function and then immediately execute ivy-occur to get the ivy-occur buffer. Example: Instead of doing M-x counsel-describe-function and C-c C-...
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gpg password entry in minibuffer, not popup

On a new install Debian Stretch GNU Emacs 24.5.1 gpg (GnuPG) 2.1.18 libgcrypt 1.7.6-beta pinentry-gnome3 (pinentry) 1.0.0 ls - /usr/bin/pinent* /usr/bin/pinentry -> /etc/alternatives/pinentry /...
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Set focus to minibuffer window

Some commands use Emacs' minibuffer to prompt for input. I occasionally do something which moves the focus to another window and away from the minibuffer. In these cases I cycle windows with C-x o ...
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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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cycling between minibuffer and last window|buffer

I'd like to cycle between an active minibuffer window and the last recent buffer. 1 (defun cycle-to-minibuffer-window () 2 (interactive) 3 (when (active-minibuffer-window) 4 (if (...
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Minibuffer text alignment problem

The text that is displayed in my mini buffer is misaligned, like this https://imgur.com/a/htfRVI3 Specially all the columns are garbled, like its trying to wrap text? How can I make it so that they ...
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ace-window cursor to minibuffer

How to configure ace-window to put the active cursor always into minibuffer when pressing a special key (like i.e. 'z'). Reason is: I think it would be more convenient to always just press 'z' for ...
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Increase minubuffer font size for quail mode completion

I am trying to increase the font size of the text overlay displayed in the minibuffer when using quail completion without success so far. Does anyone have any idea how to achieve this? EDIT: I was ...
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How to display the content of minibuffer in the middle of the emacs frame?

When working on a maximized Emacs frame, having the content of the minibuffer / echo area display at the bottom of the screen can be hard to see, but also causes to lose focus on the text being edited ...
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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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Aliases on minibuffer for quick switching of directories

I would like to know if there is an easy way for me to jump to specific folders when specifying paths in the minibuffer. For example, when I do find-file and my current directory is in ~ and I want ...
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Prevent Emacs from messaging when it writes recentf

I've configured Emacs to save recentf every five minutes by using this code: (run-at-time nil (* 5 60) 'recentf-save-list) It works great, but after writing recentf Emacs feels it has to tell me ...
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In minibuffer forward through search history M-p not work

Windows 10, Emacs 26.1 Steps: Start Emacs Open *scratch* buffer. C-s text C-g C-s visit C-g Nice. Now I want to go backward and forward through search history with M-p and M-n respectively. But I ...
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What are the implications of working in multiple layers of recursive-edit?

I'm not sure if I fully understand the use-cases of recursive edit. Nor am I sure if I worded this question correctly. But every now and then when I'm doing something I'll look at the minibuffer and ...
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How can I read a single character from the minibuffer?

When part of a defun, (interactive "c(C)hoose (A)n (O)ption") will prompt the user for a single character; RET is not required. How can I replicate this reading behavior without the need for ...
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How show minibuffer's history of commands

windows 10, Emacs 25.1, Helm I open buffer scratch and execute 3 commands sequence: M-x I-search helm-occur replace-string here sreenshots: Nice. It's work fine. But now I want to show in list ...
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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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What is the variable for having multiple minibuffers?

I remember a while back that I could open a minibuffer within a minibuffer. But now I can't seem remember what the variable was or if it was package specific. I'm using Ivy, Swiper, and Counsel. ...
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Why do some commands terminate when leaving the minibuffer (isearch) while others don't (find-file)?

Occasionally I start to open a file, and before I select the file for some reason I execute C-x o before answering the prompt. Then everytime I try and run find-file again it complains about Command ...
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Scope minibuffer history to specific Counsel commands

If I run bookmark-jump and use invoke M-p, it cycles through the history of bookmarks specifically. If I run counsel-bookmark-jump, M-p cycles through the generic minibuffer history, which is more or ...
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Using evil in the minibuffer

evil-mode does not seem to bind keys in the minibuffer. Is there a way to use evil in the minibuffer? It's hard to use Vim-style keybindings everywhere BUT the minibuffer.
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How to prevent Text is read-only error inside minibuffer after typing C-x h and typing text

When This is reproducible in emacs -Q in my version of GNU Emacs running on my Ubuntu machine: GNU Emacs 25.2.2 (x86_64-pc-linux-gnu, GTK+ Version 3.22.21) of 2017-09-22, modified by Debian The ...
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Put the current file name in the minibuffer

How can I insert the file name of the active file buffer into a command? When I invoke a command that needs a file name, I am often doing so from a file buffer and want the name of that file while ...
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Which faces do Ivy/Counsel use in the minibuffer?

Which faces are being applied to the indicated text, i.e. the strings 3114, M-x, and C-x C-c, in the following screenshot? I am using the packages Ivy and Counsel, in case that is relevant.