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?

4 Answers 4


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, 2011 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, 2014 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, 2016 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, 2017 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, 2018 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.


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.


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

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

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