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When doing a Ctrl+left mouse button in a buffer, I get the Emacs buffer-menu. When lots of buffers are open, Emacs will arrange them according to buffer mode. I.e. I will have a sub-menu for C++, for Java, etc. If too few buffers are open, this is not the case. Can I tweak this behaviour to always get the subcategories?

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You should customize the value of mouse-buffer-menu-mode-mult, for example putting something like this in your init file (.emacs or .emacs.d/init.el):

(setq mouse-buffer-menu-mode-mult 0)

From the documentation:

mouse-buffer-menu-mode-mult is a variable defined in `mouse.el'. Its value is 4

Documentation:

Group the buffers by the major mode groups on <C-down-mouse-1>? This number which determines (in a hairy way) whether <C-down-mouse-1> will split the buffer menu by the major modes (see `mouse-buffer-menu-mode-groups') or just by menu length. Set to 1 (or even 0!) if you want to group by major mode always, and to a large number if you prefer a mixed multitude. The default is 4.

You can customize this variable.

This variable was introduced, or its default value was changed, in version 20.3 of Emacs.

  • Worked perfectly. It is even customizable -- although it is under the Mouse category, not Buffer menu, as I expected. – Arne Mar 15 '13 at 10:03

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