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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Portable way of setting the windows urgent hint?

I've seen links to X11 flag setting that sets the current windows urgent hint. Is there a portable way to do this in Emacs? Or does it need to be handled per-platform?
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Get window-total-width in another font

(window-total-width) returns the number of columns (characters) that fit in the current window (https://www.gnu.org/software/emacs/manual/html_node/elisp/Window-Sizes.html). This will take the current ...
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disable syntax highlight on inactive windows

I got the following code for highlighting inactive and active windows with different background color. How do I make so that inactive windows have no syntax highlighting, only the active window has? ...
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Manually close a (compilation) window that was most recently opened by running e.g. 'grep'

I'm trying to find a way to quickly close the window that I just created by running 'grep' (i.e. a kind of compilation window). I'd like the solution to be independent of my current window layout and ...
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How to prevent the completion window from hogging up nearly whole frame (-3 lines)?

One or the other of the various Emacsen has been, at different times, my one and only editor on all *nix systems¹. I usually use one X window per buffer, so I can arrange windows side by side, or use ...
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How to leave mark region highlighted when switching windows

I usually have my Emacs frame split into windows. I'll select something in one window and then switch to another buffer. When I do this Emacs removes the active-region highlghting in the original ...
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Ispell suggested word window too small

When I use ispell, it suggests replacements for misspelled words in a window at the top of the screen. However, it is too small, and I can barely read the words it contains. How do I increase the ...
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Restore after `maximize-window`

If I have multiple windows open, I can maximize one using M-x maximize-window. How should I restore the windows to their original size?
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How to stop (aquamacs) emacs opening all new buffers in new (gui) window/emacs frame?

I've just upgraded my aquamacs installation and a bunch of packages, and now emacs is opening every new buffer in a new (gui) window (aka emacs frame). I don't like this. I want to have every buffer ...
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How to keep a high-level window configuration?

I use Emacs as a single maximized frame. The monitor is wide enough for two windows to sit together there, with a vertical split. I want this window configuration to be permanent, i.e.: I want it to ...
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How can I make emacsclient use an existing window in the current frame?

I'm on MS Windows, if that makes a difference. My desired behavior: There is only one frame visible at any time. Visiting a file should use an existing window in that frame. (This is the default ...
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Multiple initial buffers in different windows

I have Emacs set up to open an initial org mode buffer on startup by (setq initial-buffer-choice "~/Directory/Subdirectory/inital_buffer1.org") Ideally on start up, I would like to open 2 buffers in ...
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Why can't I resize my windows to be the same width?

When I split windows using SPC-w / then my windows are created with different widths. I want them to split in half. I can't resize it by dragging it nor by using the shortcuts. I downloaded emacs ...
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Sending `C-c C-c` to the process window without swithcing to it

In ESS mode, I sometimes send some code to the process buffer and want to cancel it using C-c C-c. Can I do this without actually switching to the process window from the script window?
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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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Tabs on windows with custom buffers

I am new to Emacs and I am trying to set up a decent workflow for projects I already have. What I want to do is to be able to have tabs of buffers on each window (not frame). What I want ...
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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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Adding Purpose to Layout Of Emacs

The rigidity to which emacs adheres to its layout is annoying at times. How can i get a layout like this when I shift to the particular modes? +------------------+-----------+ | | ...
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How to make find-file-other-window reuse existing window

Is it possible to make find-file-other-window open the file in a pre-existing window instead of creating a new one? Currently: |A---|B---| |A-|C-|B---| |----|----| -> ...
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How to return focus to dired window after killing buffer opened from dired?

Sometimes I use dired to view or edit several files in one folder, one after the other. Dired is open in one window, and I open the files in another window by typing o in dired. When I finish with one ...
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How can I create a window that can't be closed?

I create a window with the following (setq ook-window (display-buffer-in-side-window buffer '((side . bottom)))) (set-window-dedicated-p ook-window t) But then when I go to the main window and ...
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Getting a sorted window list

(window-list) returns a list of visible windows. Is it possible to get this list sorted from the most recently active window to the least?
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Switching directly to a certain window

If I have 3 windows beside each other, can I switch to any one of them without having to look for the cursor first (so I know whether to press C-x o once or twice)? Is there, for example, or could I ...
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pop-to-buffer: Wrong type argument: window-valid-p, #<window 117>PNG warning: Interlace handling should be turned on when using png_read_image

I occasionally run into the following error when opening a new file with projectile: pop-to-buffer: Wrong type argument: window-valid-p, #<window 117>PNG warning: Interlace handling should be ...
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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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macOS-like look and behavior on Linux [closed]

I would like to get macOS-like look and behavior on Linux, e.g. global(app) menu, no border on the top of Emacs window etc. I don't care about fancy icons and themes, but these two features are key ...
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If start with maximized frame, why do windows open top &bottom, not side by side?

I have the following in my .emacs: (add-to-list 'default-frame-alist '(fullscreen . maximized)) And (add-hook 'window-setup-hook (lambda () (find-file "FILE.org") (shell))) ...
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Edit with Emacs chrome extension closing windows

I have the edit with emacs chrome extension. I have emacs open in one frame with multiple windows on different buffers open. When I am in chrome and focused on a text box I press Alt-Enter. This ...
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elisp: create window layout with specific cycling order

I'd like to create a window layout like so: -----------|-------------- a | b -----------|-------------- d | c -----------|-------------- This is so that I can cycle from a ->...
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How to make M-x ansi-term behave like M-x shell (opening in new window)?

I use (global-set-key (kbd "C-c a") '(lambda () (interactive) (ansi-term "/bin/bash"))) to open a bash ansi-term. Unlike M-x shell, this "occupies" the whole buffer/frame. I am wondering if one ...
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Toggle window scroll bar

It's not clear to me how to disable a window scroll bar. I have frame scrollbars turned off: (scroll-bar-mode -1) I can enable a window scroll bar with (set-window-scroll-bars (selected-window) ...
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Value for `(window-start)` is wrong?

I use the ace-window package to move focus from one Emacs window to another. It uses the built-in function window-start to decide where to place an overlay that contains a number I would type to jump ...
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how to debug frame updating in emacs [closed]

I've noticed that the more frames i have open the slower any one frame becomes. This is a big problem over an exported X session. Ive noticed that compiling with some X-toolkits (GTK in particualar) ...
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emacs opens ESS/R buffer in random window

I'm using emacs 26.1 with ESS. Whenever I open a R session with M-x R it opens in a random window. However, I would like it to open in the currently selected window. It seems to be a similar issue as ...
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which-key takes up entire lower half of the screen (possibly related to package zoom)

Suddenly which-key, when triggered, takes up the entire lower half of the screen although only a portion of that is then filled with information. This behaviour started a couple of days ago, but I did ...
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Killing a window without killing the associated buffer

I have a weirdly specific way I like to organize my windows when working with C, and where emacs opens the compilation window really bugs me. I try to close it and switch another window to the *...
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How to modify fringes only for magit mode?

I have tried: (defun my-change-fringes () (set-window-fringes (selected-window) 20 0)) (add-hook 'magit-mode-hook 'my-change-fringes)) The problem seems to be that when I open a magit buffer for ...
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Static Buffer List

I'd like to use emacs more, but I'm still used to some of my previous workflows I know from most modern IDEs. What my emacs lacks most is a static list of the open buffers or files. By static I mean: ...
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Possible to save winner history winner-ring-alist in savehist or desktop-save to save across sessions

I added in the following command to my .emacs but it doesn't seem to work: (add-to-list 'savehist-additional-variables 'winner-ring-alist) Is there a way to get the winner-undo history to save ...
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`fit-window-to-buffer` and `reposition-window` non-interactively

I'm using lean-mode and want to keep the *Lean Goals* buffer sized to fit its contents. Here's what it should look like: To get that working, I wrote the following and hooked it in to the relevant ...
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full-frame helm?

Is it possible to run something like helm-recentf or helm-mini in a way that the helm window occupies the entire frame when it's running, and then disappears afterwards (like the helm windows normally ...
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how to forcefully recenter the cursor even it's on the 1st of the lines in emacs?

) I wonder if I can forcefully recenter the cursor in emacs. I often use C-l recenter-top-bottom command but It couldn't work at the first of the lines. I have a vertical monitor for programming ...
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how can I programatically transition between those 2 window layouts?

I am trying to implement this window transition a/ b/ --------- ------------- | 1 | 2 | | | 1 | 2 | --------- -> | 0 |-------| | 3 | 4 | | | 3 | 4 | --------- ...
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Switch cursor to another window between more than 2 windows

I could use C-x o to switch buffer properly between two windows, but when it comes to more than two windows, it fails The cursor stay instantly on the current window. How could I solve the problem?
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How to open multiple files in multiple windows at startup

In earlier versions of emacs one could use emacs -nw file1 file2 file3 and see three files (and no buffer list) at startup. For recent versions this no longer works. Is it possible to add some code to ...
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migrated from emacs 25 to 26.1: cannot force find-file/counsel-projectile-find-file to always open buffer in current window

Recently I migrated from emacs 25 to 26.1. Before I reached the window behaviour, where I could always open a file at the window at point. The most simple case to illustrate undesired behaviour: I ...
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Execute function when (after) window scrolls

I need to execute a function every time a window scrolls. I mean the function to be executed at point "after" the window has been scrolled (with C-v, M-v or with the <down> key). I tried: (add-...
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Reuse help window

How to set up Emacs so that once one "help" window (e.g. describe, info, man) is displayed, all subsequent "help" buffers open in the same window? For example, if I open a describe-function buffer ...
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How to change which window a click in *Occur* buffer affects?

My use case: I am looking at one place in the code in one window (call it window A), have a second window with the SAME code open (window B) in the same frame, together with an Occur buffer, that I ...
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How to assign an Emacs buffer to an EXWM workspace based on a regexp?

I know how to assign apps to various EXWM workspaces thanks to: exwm-manage-configurations But I don't know whether it is possible to assign Emacs buffers to EXWM workspaces in a similar fashion. ...

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