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Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Changing the default mode of the *Scratch* buffer

The default *Scratch* buffer in Emacs starts in fundamental mode which might not be useful for lots of people who either don't know or want to work on elisp.

If text mode makes sense for you as the default, the following addition to the .emacs file should fix it.

(setq initial-major-mode 'text-mode)

Note that you don't lose much if you're trying out a few lisp forms as they can be eval'ed anywhere by hitting C-x C-e that would have the same effect as doing it in lisp mode.