Emacs: Visual Line Mode, Wrap Lines

By Xah Lee. Date: . Last updated: .

Wrap Lines at Word Boundary

Alt+x visual-line-mode to have soft-wrap. By default, this is off.

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emacs M-x visual-line-mode off (top) and on (bottom) in emacs 23.

Alt+x visual-line-mode to toggle on/off for current buffer.

To toggle globally, Alt+x global-visual-line-mode.

To set it on or off permanently, put in your emacs init file:

(global-visual-line-mode 1) ; 1 for on, 0 for off.

Visual line mode actually does several things. From a user's point of view, it:


If all you want is to have soft wrap that doesn't cut words in middle, Alt+x toggle-word-wrap.

Emacs: toggle-word-wrap

[see Emacs: Novel Reading Mode]

Hard Wrap Lines

Emacs: Hard Wrap Lines

Line Wrap Topic

  1. Hard Wrap Lines
  2. Toggle Line Wrap
  3. Reformat Lines for Source Code
  4. Visual Line Mode, Wrap Lines
  5. Novel Reading Mode
  6. toggle-word-wrap

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