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Changing the org-mode ellipsis

The dot-dot-dot ellipsis that org-mode uses to indicate hidden content is usually just fine. It’s only when you’re staring at a document where every line is a folded headline, that you start to feel like they’re a little too much “in your face”. I have a few org files with thousands of lines and hundreds of headlines, and changing that ... to something shorter greatly reduces visual clutter.

The more straightforward option is to use a proper ellipsis character (the same effect with a third the length).

(setq org-ellipsis "…")

The one I’m currently using is a cornered arrow.

(setq org-ellipsis "⤵")

Other interesting characters are , , , , and .

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