Does Org-mode of Emacs support linewrapping?

I know in the "regular" mode of Emacs there will just be a little sideways-u-turn on the right and on the left on the line after, and there's no scrolling necessary.

However, there are only arrows pointing left and right. Any ideas?


The default mode for org-mode is truncate-lines mode.

You can customize this behaviour with org-startup-truncated. Type F1-v org-startup-truncated for a description, and then click on the customize link to change it.

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    thanks - I just set it to "nil" by going <CTL>-h v: org-startup truncated. – kalaracey Jun 22 '11 at 14:24
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    for one-off, evaluating the following expression did the trick for me: (setq truncate-lines 'nil) – vitaly Aug 13 '14 at 21:43
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    In general, in any emacs mode, the function toggle-truncate-lines, will toggle back and forth (for a temporary solution) – tjb Oct 15 '16 at 8:55
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    Do you know the reason why truncate-lines is the default? Given that org mode is for taking notes instead of programming, long lines must be the norm – Heisenberg Oct 5 '17 at 2:57
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    @Heisenberg I think the reason for the default is that org-mode tables look really bad when word-wrapped. – superdesk Apr 5 '18 at 15:25

You can also toggle it on-the-fly with the command toggle-truncate-lines, between the normal Emacs view and the normal org view. For example, use this:

(define-key org-mode-map "\M-q" 'toggle-truncate-lines)

M-q is bound to fill-paragraph by default, but probably you don't want to use it within org-mode.


Try adding (global-visual-line-mode t) to your init file.

See http://www.emacswiki.org/emacs/VisualLineMode


Org mode does not wrap lines on purpose, to not make tables appear very ugly. The function org-fill-paragraph controls the insertions of line breaks for one paragraph for you. So you might want to use that instead of line wrapping.

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