Clean up emacs mode line for tiny netbook

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In Emacs, status bar at the bottom of the buffer is called the mode-line.

It contains too much information for me because my screen is tiny (I use the netbook Eee PC 701 whose LCD resolution is 800x480).

For example, org-mode will append some information at the mode-line which is beyond my tiny screen.

See customizing the mode-line for the solution to clean up the mode-line.

But there is one problem. The variable global-mode-string is missing in mode-line. So my favorite org-mode trick M-x org-timer-set-timer won't work.

Here is my fixed version.

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  • Emacs Lisp code
;; @see
;; But I need global-mode-string,
;; @see
;; use setq-default to set it for /all/ modes
(setq-default mode-line-format
    ;; the buffer name; the file name as a tool tip
    '(:eval (propertize "%b " 'face 'font-lock-keyword-face
        'help-echo (buffer-file-name)))

    ;; line and column
    "(" ;; '%02' to set to 2 chars at least; prevents flickering
      (propertize "%02l" 'face 'font-lock-type-face) ","
      (propertize "%02c" 'face 'font-lock-type-face)
    ") "

    ;; relative position, size of file
    (propertize "%p" 'face 'font-lock-constant-face) ;; % above top
    (propertize "%I" 'face 'font-lock-constant-face) ;; size
    "] "

    ;; the current major mode for the buffer.

    '(:eval (propertize "%m" 'face 'font-lock-string-face
              'help-echo buffer-file-coding-system))
    "] "

    "[" ;; insert vs overwrite mode, input-method in a tooltip
    '(:eval (propertize (if overwrite-mode "Ovr" "Ins")
              'face 'font-lock-preprocessor-face
              'help-echo (concat "Buffer is in "
                           (if overwrite-mode "overwrite" "insert") " mode")))

    ;; was this buffer modified since the last save?
    '(:eval (when (buffer-modified-p)
              (concat ","  (propertize "Mod"
                             'face 'font-lock-warning-face
                             'help-echo "Buffer has been modified"))))

    ;; is this buffer read-only?
    '(:eval (when buffer-read-only
              (concat ","  (propertize "RO"
                             'face 'font-lock-type-face
                             'help-echo "Buffer is read-only"))))
    "] "

    ;;global-mode-string, org-timer-set-timer in org-mode need this
    (propertize "%M" 'face 'font-lock-type-face)

    " --"
    ;; i don't want to see minor-modes; but if you want, uncomment this:
    ;; minor-mode-alist  ;; list of minor modes
    "%-" ;; fill with '-'
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