2. File Management & Word Wrap

We need to tune Emacs a little bit to make it fit us more.

File Exploration & Search

Since I don’t want to remember what each file name is and what contant each file contains, which I don’t believe anyone can do as well, we need a good tool to quickly browsing, filtering, and editing our notes under the our root folder. Here I use Deft to handle it.

It’s easy to install it in Spacemacs by simply add deft in the layer section of its ~/.spacemacs.

     ;; ----------------------------------------------------------------
     ;; Example of useful layers you may want to use right away.
     ;; Uncomment some layer names and press <SPC f e R> (Vim style) or
     ;; <M-m f e R> (Emacs style) to install them.
     ;; ----------------------------------------------------------------
     ;; better-defaults
     (org :variables org-startup-indented t
          org-indent-mode t
          org-enable-reveal-js-support t
          org-enable-org-journal-support t)
     ;; (shell :variables
     ;;        shell-default-height 30
     ;;        shell-default-position 'bottom)
     ;; spell-checking
     ;; syntax-checking

Save the file, and use SPC f e R to reload the configuration. Deft will be installed after the loading finishes. Then we need to config where deft should search and what extensions are interested.

(setq deft-extensions '("org"))
(setq deft-directory "~/Dropbox/orgmode")
(setq deft-recursive t)

Save and reload the configuration, you can use SPC a n to open deft. If you need a even quicker way to open deft, you can bind it with a function key.

(global-set-key [f8] 'deft)

Also, I think you’d like to use deft-find-file to replace build-in C-x C-f since it supports sub-folders.

Word wrap

We use Emacs for writing notes instead of codes, so the 80-width rule (or 120-width) won’t apply here well. It’s easy to enable word wrap in Emacs:

M-x toggle-word-wrap

If you want to it enable by default, you can add the following to your config file like me:

;; enable word wrap
;; Visual line navigation for textual modes
(add-hook 'text-mode-hook 'spacemacs/toggle-visual-line-navigation-on)
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