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D.2 Table of X Resources for Emacs

This table lists the X resource names that Emacs recognizes, excluding those that control the appearance of graphical widgets like the menu bar:

background (class Background)
Background color (see Colors).
bitmapIcon (class BitmapIcon)
Tell the window manager to display the Emacs icon if ‘on’; don't do so if ‘off’. See Icons X, for a description of the icon.
borderColor (class BorderColor)
Color of the frame's external border. This has no effect if Emacs is compiled with GTK+ support.
borderWidth (class BorderWidth)
Width of the frame's external border, in pixels. This has no effect if Emacs is compiled with GTK+ support.
cursorColor (class Foreground)
Text cursor color. If this resource is specified when Emacs starts up, Emacs sets its value as the background color of the cursor face (see Faces).
cursorBlink (class CursorBlink)
If the value of this resource is ‘off’ or ‘false’ or ‘0’ at startup, Emacs disables Blink Cursor mode (see Cursor Display).
font (class Font)
Font name for the default face (see Fonts). You can also specify a fontset name (see Fontsets).
fontBackend (class FontBackend)
Comma-delimited list of backend(s) to use for drawing fonts, in order of precedence. For instance, the value ‘x,xft’ tells Emacs to draw fonts using the X core font driver, falling back on the Xft font driver if that fails. Normally, you should leave this resource unset, in which case Emacs tries using all available font backends.
foreground (class Foreground)
Default foreground color for text.
geometry (class Geometry)
Window size and position. The value should be a size and position specification, of the same form as in the ‘-g’ or ‘--geometry’ command-line option (see Window Size X).

The size applies to all frames in the Emacs session, but the position applies only to the initial Emacs frame (or, in the case of a resource for a specific frame name, only that frame).

Be careful not to specify this resource as ‘emacs*geometry’, as that may affect individual menus as well as the main Emacs frame.

fullscreen (class Fullscreen)
The desired fullscreen size. The value can be one of fullboth, maximized, fullwidth or fullheight, which correspond to the command-line options ‘-fs’, ‘-mm’, ‘-fw’, and ‘-fh’ (see Window Size X). Note that this applies to the initial frame only.
iconName (class Title)
Name to display in the icon.
internalBorder (class BorderWidth)
Width of the internal frame border, in pixels.
lineSpacing (class LineSpacing)
Additional space between lines, in pixels.
menuBar (class MenuBar)
If the value of this resource is ‘off’ or ‘false’ or ‘0’, Emacs disables Menu Bar mode at startup (see Menu Bars).
minibuffer (class Minibuffer)
If ‘none’, Emacs will not make a minibuffer in this frame; it will use a separate minibuffer frame instead.
paneFont (class Font)
Font name for menu pane titles, in non-toolkit versions of Emacs.
pointerColor (class Foreground)
Color of the mouse cursor. This has no effect in many graphical desktop environments, as they do not let Emacs change the mouse cursor this way.
privateColormap (class PrivateColormap)
If ‘on’, use a private color map, in the case where the “default visual” of class PseudoColor and Emacs is using it.
reverseVideo (class ReverseVideo)
Switch foreground and background default colors if ‘on’, use colors as specified if ‘off’.
screenGamma (class ScreenGamma)
Gamma correction for colors, equivalent to the frame parameter screen-gamma.
scrollBarWidth (class ScrollBarWidth)
The scroll bar width in pixels, equivalent to the frame parameter scroll-bar-width. Do not set this resource if Emacs is compiled with GTK+ support.
selectionFont (class SelectionFont)
Font name for pop-up menu items, in non-toolkit versions of Emacs. (For toolkit versions, see Lucid Resources, also see LessTif Resources.)
selectionTimeout (class SelectionTimeout)
Number of milliseconds to wait for a selection reply. If the selection owner doesn't reply in this time, we give up. A value of 0 means wait as long as necessary.
synchronous (class Synchronous)
Run Emacs in synchronous mode if ‘on’. Synchronous mode is useful for debugging X problems.
title (class Title)
Name to display in the title bar of the initial Emacs frame.
toolBar (class ToolBar)
If the value of this resource is ‘off’ or ‘false’ or ‘0’, Emacs disables Tool Bar mode at startup (see Tool Bars).
useXIM (class UseXIM)
Disable use of X input methods (XIM) if ‘false’ or ‘off’. This is only relevant if your Emacs is built with XIM support. It might be useful to turn off XIM on slow X client/server links.
verticalScrollBars (class ScrollBars)
Give frames scroll bars if ‘on’; don't have scroll bars if ‘off’.
visualClass (class VisualClass)
The visual class for X color display. If specified, the value should start with one of ‘TrueColor’, ‘PseudoColor’, ‘DirectColor’, ‘StaticColor’, ‘GrayScale’, and ‘StaticGray’, followed by ‘-depth’, where depth is the number of color planes.

You can also use X resources to customize individual Emacs faces (see Faces). For example, setting the resource ‘face.attributeForeground’ is equivalent to customizing the ‘foreground’ attribute of the face face. However, we recommend customizing faces from within Emacs, instead of using X resources. See Face Customization.