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for questions about initialization files `.emacs` or `init.el. DO NOT USE this tag if you assume answers require tweaking initialization files because many solutions do not involve directly manipulating initialization files.

On startup, Emacs normally loads a Lisp program from an initialization file, or init file for short. It is how Emacs is customized. Emacs looks for the init file using the filenames ~/.emacs, ~/.emacs.el, or ~/.emacs.d/init.el (where ~/ is the home directory). Use the tag for questions pertaining to any of these initialization files.

Use for questions about:

  • ~/.emacs, ~/.emacs.el, or ~/.emacs.d/init.el
  • customs, protocols, and canonical practices for Emacs startup files
  • errors in

Do not use for questions:

  • that you assume may need code snippets in the
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