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30.5.5 Refill Mode

Refill minor mode provides support for keeping paragraphs filled as you type or modify them in other ways. It provides an effect similar to typical word processor behavior. This works by running a paragraph-filling command at suitable times.

To toggle the use of Refill mode in the current buffer, type M-x refill-mode. When you are typing text, only characters which normally trigger auto filling, like the space character, will trigger refilling. This is to avoid making it too slow. Apart from self-inserting characters, other commands which modify the text cause refilling.

The current implementation is preliminary and not robust. You can get better “line wrapping” behavior using Longlines mode. See section Long Lines Mode. However, Longlines mode has an important side-effect: the newlines that it inserts for you are not saved to disk, so the files that you make with Longlines mode will appear to be completely unfilled if you edit them without Longlines mode.


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