Emacs: Highlight Brackets

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Alt+x show-paren-mode
highlight matching brackets when your cursor is on a bracket. In emacs init file, use (show-paren-mode 1)
emacs show-paren-mode 2021-09-30 dnSk
emacs show-paren-mode, highlight brackets

show-paren-mode has 2 styles of highlighting brackets. By default, emacs highlights just the brackets.

To change a style, put one of this in your emacs init file:

;; highlight brackets
(setq show-paren-style 'parenthesis)
;; highlight entire expression
(setq show-paren-style 'expression)
;; highlight brackets if visible, else entire expression
(setq show-paren-style 'mixed)

Note: show-paren-mode will highlight any brackets, including [] {} 『』 【】 〈〉 «» etc.

[see Unicode: Brackets, Quotes «»「」【】《》]

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