Lines longer than window width can be displayed so that they are wrapped at word boundary, not cutting a word in half into the next line. This is done by having
visual-line-mode on. By default, this is off.
visual-line-mode to toggle on/off. Or, use the menu 〖Options ▸ Line Wrapping in this Buffer〗.
To toggle globally, call
To set it on or off permanently, put in your emacs init file:
(global-visual-line-mode 1) ; 1 for on, 0 for off.
(info "(emacs) Visual-Line-Mode")
Visual line mode actually does several things. From a user's point of view, it:
kill-linecommand delete by a visual line, as opposed to a logical line.