This section describes all the simple customization types. For several of these customization types, the customization widget provides inline completion with C-M-i or M-TAB.
The value may be any Lisp object that can be printed and read back.
You can use
sexp as a fall-back for any option, if you don’t
want to take the time to work out a more specific type to use.
The value must be an integer.
The value must be a number (floating point or integer).
The value must be floating point.
The value must be a string. The customization buffer shows the string without delimiting ‘"’ characters or ‘\’ quotes.
string except that the string must be a valid regular
The value must be a character code. A character code is actually an integer, but this type shows the value by inserting the character in the buffer, rather than by showing the number.
The value must be a file name. The widget provides completion.
(file :must-match t)
The value must be a file name for an existing file. The widget provides completion.
The value must be a directory name. The widget provides completion.
The value must be a list of functions. This customization type is
used for hook variables. You can use the
:options keyword in a
defcustom to specify a list of functions
recommended for use in the hook; See Variable Definitions.
The value must be a symbol. It appears in the customization buffer as the symbol name. The widget provides completion.
The value must be either a lambda expression or a function name. The widget provides completion for function names.
The value must be a variable name. The widget provides completion.
The value must be a symbol which is a face name. The widget provides completion.
The value is boolean—either
nil or t. Note that by
const together (see the next section),
you can specify that the value must be
nil or t, but also
specify the text to describe each value in a way that fits the specific
meaning of the alternative.
The value is a key sequence. The customization buffer shows the key sequence using the same syntax as the kbd function. See Key Sequences.
The value must be a coding-system name, and you can do completion with M-TAB.
The value must be a valid color name. The widget provides completion for color names, as well as a sample and a button for selecting a color name from a list of color names shown in a *Colors* buffer.