Questions tagged [window]

In Emacs, a window is one part of a frame, displaying one buffer. For questions about operating system windows, see the tag 'frame.

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What's the difference between a buffer, a file, a window, and a frame?

When posing questions on this site, people sometimes talk about "windows" when they mean "frames," and "buffers" or "files" when they mean "windows." So: Q: What is the difference between a buffer, ...
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How can I block a frame from being split?

Currently I work with ruby and rspec. I really like the idea of having a separate frame in another monitor showing me the compilation buffer. My current setup uses a 'code' frame (in which I do actual ...
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Switching between window layouts

When I configure a custom layout and then just need to temporary look into one file fullscreen and once I want that layout back - I need manually to reflow it. I would like a plugin/elisp code to ...
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How do I force a specific buffer to open in a new window?

When committing changes in Magit, it is useful to have the diff view open while adding details about the commit. In Magit, we see the diff in the *magit ..* buffer. When you hit cc while the cursor ...
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How to display a help buffer/window full frame size (not full screen)

I sometimes want to display information in Help buffer style, so I have been using code like this: (with-help-window (help-buffer) (princ "Type q to exit this help buffer.\n\n") (princ result)) ...
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How to switch between windows quickly?

How do I switch between windows quickly? I often have multiple windows open and need to switch between them. Right now, I use C-x o to get to the one I want. Is there a more efficient workflow ...
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Hide *compilation* window

It is annoying to see the compilation window appear when it is successful. How to remove that automatically? I want to see it though if it is not successful.
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How to control in which window a buffer is displayed?

Q: how can I control which window org-deadline uses to display the calendar? org-deadline temporarily pops up the calendar buffer in a window when setting a deadline, and then closes it again after ...
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desktop-save-mode fails to save window layout

I use Emacs 24.5.1 on OS X in terminal mode. I intend to use desktop-save-mode to save and restore window layout (i.e. positions of buffer windows) upon exiting and starting Emacs. From this answer ...
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Is there a generic toggle-previous-window function?

Some major modes have code and key-bindings to toggle focus back and forth between their inferior processes and the major-mode buffer. Is there an Emacs function which lets me do this between the ...
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Activate a mode when only one window is displayed

I'm trying to enable/disable visual-fill-column when there is one window/multiple windows. Since I don't like trying it on my own before asking, here is the solution I came up with: (defun my-visual-...
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Prefer vertical splits over horizontal ones

There are several questions similar to this one. I have read them all and they don't provide an answer for my scenario. I want emacs to prefer vertical splits (splitting windows into left and right ...
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How can I prevent a command from using specific windows?

Typically, I have a frame split into four windows, where two at the bottom are dedicated to my *compilation* and *grep* buffers. When browsing compilation errors, next-error will eventually replace my ...
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Change highlight color when window isn't in focus?

I'm using hl-mode as a minor mode for deft. How do I make the highlighted line change color (e.g. to gray) when the deft window isn't the current window, and then back to the default highlight color ...
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Open a file from the desktop in a single window (without home screen splitscreen)

When I open a file from the context menu by choosing "Open with Emacs", Emacs starts with a horizontal splitscreen. The first window shows the desired file and the other one the home screen. Is it ...
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How to update window-start without calling redisplay?

While debugging swiper I've encountered a situation when the point is changed inside with-selected-window, but window-start isn't updated. This can be annoying, because I need the up-to-date window ...
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Synchronized scrolling in two windows

Is there a way to reflect the navigation commands in the current window in another visible window. I have two related LaTeX files displayed in two windows and would like to scroll through them ...
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How to change Emacs windows from vertical split to horizontal split?

Window A ++++++++ Window B Is there a way to switch to Window A : Window B Is there a way to switch view without closing windows?
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"Pop" a window into a frame

Often, I my windows get automatically split until I arbitrarily decide that the current frame does not have enough real-estate for them all. When this occurs, I manually delete a window, create a ...
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Async shell process buffer always clobbers window arrangement

I frequently launch external programs from emacs using M-!, such as Firefox or Evince, etc. Whenever I do, a buffer pops up full of results for the process, which clobbers whatever else I've got going ...
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Forcing Emacs Layout

(This is a followup and different from Emacs Fixed Layout ) High Level My typical Emacs Working environment is: +------------+--------------------------+--------------------------+ | NeoTree | ...
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Running elisp within an orgmode code block

Consider the following elisp source code within a .org file: #+BEGIN_SRC elisp :results silent (delete-other-windows) (split-window-right) (switch-to-buffer-other-window '"*Python*") #+END_SRC This ...
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save-excursion doesn't restore the currently visible buffer?

From the save-excursion docstring: Save point, mark, and current buffer; execute BODY; restore those things. My understanding was that the restored buffer would again be visible following the ...
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Defining the window pointed by "other-window"

In emacs, more often than i like, I end up with 4 windows or more. I'll use that example: +--------|-----------+ | | | | 1 | 2 | | | | +--------+-----...
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Is there a way to make the "o" keypress of other-window <C-x><C-o> repeatable?

Question is as stated in the title. Instead of using various packages for switching windows, it might be simpler to make <C-x><C-o> behave like <C-x><C-+>, such that repeated ...
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Inconsistent point when inserting into a buffer that is visible in another frame

While working on a sort of "background processing" function, I noticed that my logs would print backwards if the buffer was in another frame. I cannot seem to figure out why it is happening. I am not ...
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How can I force emacs to never split frames, in particular for compile-goto-error?

I want emacs to always display new buffers in the current frame, but always taking the whole frame, rather than splitting it. I currently have customized display-buffer-alist to the following '(...
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Open file in a specific window

Very similar to this question. I'm using helm-projectile to find files. My Emacs frame is divided in three vertical column windows. In one of the windows I have an open file from the project I'm ...
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How to close help buffer without moving to it?

I often use Emacs' help buffers, via e.g. C-h k. Buffer *Help* is displayed in another window, and that window is not selected. In order to close the *Help* buffer, I need to switch windows via C-x o ...
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Is there a better way to override opening window in compilation-goto-locus?

I don't like the behavior of compilation-goto-locus (bound to Enter in a *compilation* or *grep* buffer), where it splits the window and jumps to the line in a new window. I prefer the *compilation*/*...
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How to setup default windows at startup?

Every time I open up Emacs I tend to set up 3 windows by doing C-x 3 (split-window-right) and then C-x2 (split-window-below). After that I have to switch to each window to open the files I want to ...
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Open file in new window after searching it with helm

As written in A Package in a league of its own: Helm there's a way to search for a file using Helm decide after searching whether open it in same or other window My question is: How?
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Display list of words along bottom of frame?

I'd like to display 3 lists of words on separate lines horizontally along the bottom (although top would work too) of every emacs frame I have open. I've thought of 6 ways to do this, and they all ...
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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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Split Window at outermost border

I'm looking for a way to add a new full-height window split to an existing (splitted) window configuration. Because I don't know how to explain it properly I'll just post some ASCII graphics showing ...
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Remapping C-x C-b to Open List of Buffers in Same Window

I use Emacs across different machines and operating systems. I noticed that when I press C-x C-b to get a list of all buffers, on some machines the list opens in the same window where the cursor is ...
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Hook that indicates when the cursor has been moved by scrolling

Inspired by this question: Let Emacs move the cursor off-screen, I am considering writing a minor mode that will keep the cursor in a fixed position that is not affected by scrolling operations. I ...
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Customizing the layout of gdb-many-windows

I really like all of the information that is available to me when I run GUD/GDB with gdb-many-windows, but I would like to be able to move the windows around some. Specifically I would like to use ...
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Let switch-to-buffer to already open buffer switch to that window, rather than open it in this one

Is there a way to make switch-to-buffer more dwim in this regard? Let's say I have two windows with foo.el and bar.el open. With my point in foo.el, if I switch-to-buffer and open bar.el, I'd like to ...
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Emacs Fixed Layout

Background Used vim for 15+ years. Currently using Emacs + Evil + Cider (Clojure). My Ideal Workflow (this part is not the question -- merely describing my ideal workflow) Three vertical panes. +--...
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Single mode line for all windows

Is it possible to have only one mode line (sometimes referred as "statusbar") for all windows? I'd like to make this single mode line show information about the currently selected buffer.
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Preventing mouse clicks in inactive windows from repositioning the cursor

When I have Emacs (24.4, Mac OS, NS build) in the foreground, I often have many windows open in one frame. I sometimes want to switch windows by clicking in an inactive window. By default, this calls ...
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Add window to the right of two horizontally split windows

Following scenario: 1) I start emacs and the initial frame is as follow: +---------------+ | | | | | | | | | | +---------------+ ...
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elisp debugger jumping windows around

I'm trying to use the built-in elisp debugger, invoked by debug, and read the source code at the same time. Unfortunately, whenever I continue execution, with either c or d, the debugger jumps around ...
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Pick a window for ido-find-file-other-window and ido-switch-buffer-other-window

Thanks to @itsjeyd, I've come to love ace-window, but now I want more. I use C-x 4 f and C-x 4 b to invoke the commands ido-find-file-other-window and ido-switch-buffer-other-window, but I want to ...
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Completions buffer messes up window sizes

I am not sure what to search for. I have used emacs for 25+ years, but I am not a guru. I use it as a tool, and I don't want to spend much time changing it. I generally like to have one window, or ...
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How to stop auto backup in some directory in Emacs

In general I want Emacs to save a backup file for me, except in some special directories. I tried to define a Directory Local Variables, and add: ((nil . ((make-backup-files . nil)))) But it seem ...
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Jump between two frames, code improvement

I often have got multiple emacs frame in various desktop, but only two of them are visible. I often need to jump between those two frames, but since other frames are opened I can't use C-x 5 o, ...
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popup windows, popwin problem?

I recently started using spacemacs/emacs, and encountered the following problem: When I enable popwin-mode I would expect popup windows to get handled by popwin. However, when I run occur (M-x occur),...
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Switch window split orientation, fastest way

Say you have two buffers open like so: ------------------------------------ | | buffer 1 | buffer 2 | | | ------...