This page shows you how to set emacs to use color themes.
You can set the background color. For example, call
set-background-color then type “honeydew”.
list-colors-display to see available colors.
For permanent setup, put the following in your emacs init file.
;; set background of current window (emacs's “frame”) to pale tinge (set-background-color "honeydew")
;; set all windows (emacs's “frames”) to some defaults (setq initial-frame-alist '((width . 100) (height . 54))) (setq default-frame-alist '((menu-bar-lines . 1) (left-fringe) (right-fringe) (tool-bar-lines . 0) (width . 100) (height . 52) ))
;; set all windows (emacs's “frame”) to use font DejaVu Sans Mono (set-frame-parameter nil 'font "DejaVu Sans Mono-10")
For detail, see: Emacs: How to List ＆ Set Font.
The DejaVu font is the best font for Unicode. It's installed on Linux. On Windows or Mac, you can download it. See Best Unicode Fonts for Programing.
Sometimes, under bright sunlight, it's better to have black background. You can start emacs with
Emacs 24 comes with color themes. To activate, call
load-theme, then press Tab ↹ to show a list of available themes.
You can also call
To clear theme, call
Here's list of emacs 24.3 themes.
adwaita deeper-blue dichromacy light-blue manoj-dark misterioso tango tango-dark tsdh-dark tsdh-light wheatgrass whiteboard wombat
To set it permanently, put this in your emacs init file.
For more themes choices, you can install the package “color-theme”. It's in MELPA repository. 〔☛ Emacs 24 Packages (ELPA) Tutorial 〕
After you install it, call
color-theme-select. It'll list themes. Move cursor and press Enter ↵ to apply. (you can also call
describe-variable 【F1 v】 then “color-themes” to see a list of available themes. For example, one of them is
color-theme-classic. These are elisp commands.)
To make it permanent, you can set in your emacs init this:
(package-initialize) (require 'color-theme) (setq color-theme-is-global t) (color-theme-initialize) (color-theme-classic)
Thanks to Gabriel Saldaña, Torsten Wagner, Steve Purcell for tips.