How to find out current font used in my Emacs?


In my version of Emacs, I can get the information by entering M-x describe-font.

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    When doing that, it prompts Font name (default current choice for ASCII chars): What does that mean? What should I do there?
    – qazwsx
    May 10 '12 at 18:02
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    @duperuser: I just hit Enter...
    – choroba
    May 10 '12 at 18:06
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    This is an answer to the second question, but not the first one. After hitting Enter, is the displayed info about the font used for displaying ASCII characters ONLY? If so, how to find out the fonts used for displaying non-ASCII ones?
    – qazwsx
    May 10 '12 at 20:34
  • @choroba after hitting enter on M-x describe-font I get "No fonts being used" on the mini-buffer Sep 9 '13 at 17:18
  • @MenelaosPerdikeas: Are you running emacs in a text terminal?
    – choroba
    Sep 9 '13 at 17:46

Different fonts can be used for different characters and different parts of the buffer. For a given character, you can find out which font was used by moving point to that character than then doing C-u C-x = which will give you all kinds of information about that position in the buffer, including which font was used for it.

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    What command is "C-u C-x =" a shortcut to?
    – qazwsx
    Dec 4 '17 at 18:14
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    Well, C-x = is bound to what-cursor-position, but when called with a C-u prefix, it mostly delegates the work to describe-char.
    – Stefan
    Dec 4 '17 at 18:21
  • So without using any keyboard shortcut, how to do the same thing?
    – qazwsx
    Dec 4 '17 at 18:28
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    If you limit yourself to the M-x shortcut, it would be M-x describe-char RET.
    – Stefan
    Dec 4 '17 at 18:32
  • So why is C-x =/what-cursor-position not used?
    – qazwsx
    Dec 4 '17 at 18:44

You can just evaluate

(face-attribute 'default :font)

To evaluate a sexp, do M-:, type/paste the above sexp in there and hit enter.


Place cursor on text which you want to customize and run M-x describe-face.

It will give you information how this font was set, i.e. markdown-pre-face. You can then see that it inhertis from markdown-code-face which inherits from fixed-pitch.

And this is how you can set it:

(set-face-attribute 'default nil
                    :family "Source Code Pro"
                    :height 130
                    :weight 'normal
                    :width 'normal)
(copy-face 'default 'fixed-pitch)

Restart Emacs after setting it.

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