I am having some trouble disabling the italics in emacs.

I already tried:

 '(italic ((t nil)))

in .emacs. But there is still a problem.

Although it will not italicize the text between / and /, these /s will disappear. So, when I want to write:


it actually shows:


How can I avoid emacs from trying to change a face, and using the mark-up, when I type /something/?

I am using org mode in emacs 24 in Ubuntu.

  • Please don't cross-post. If you want this question to be here, please delete your question on Super User.
    – terdon
    Jan 2, 2014 at 13:07
  • Is it only in org-mode that you don't want to see italics, or is it in other places too?
    – Jenny D
    Jan 2, 2014 at 13:08
  • @terdon: del done! Jan 2, 2014 at 13:08
  • @JennyD: I only use org mode, shell, dired. In the last two this is not a problem. So, org mode is enough, but I don't mind generally disabling it too. Jan 2, 2014 at 13:10

3 Answers 3


Found solution:

I had to disable the markers //s.

Went to M-customize-variable RET org-emphasis-alist RET and deleted the / item from the list.

  • Ah, I misunderstood part of your question. Thanks for posting this answer!
    – Jenny D
    Jan 2, 2014 at 14:12

To disable italic and bold from the customize mode:

M-x customize-face RET italic RET

Unmark the box marked Slant:

Then, click Save for future sessions

M-x customize-face RET bold RET

Unmark the box marked Weight:

To do the same thing in your .emacs:

'(bold ((t nil)))
'(italic ((((supports: slant italic)) nil))

If there is already a custom-set-faces section, just add the middle 2 lines to it.

  • That disables italic, but it was already disable. The problem is that with (setq org-hide-emphasis-markers t), the italic markers (//) disappear. So, a dir name /home/ shows up as home. Jan 2, 2014 at 13:28
  • Don't do that then :-) Instead of using org-hide-emphasis-markers, disable italics from the start. Or disable font-lock-mode, that will have the same effect.
    – Jenny D
    Jan 2, 2014 at 13:36
  • that would have other collateral effects :( I still want to hide the mark-up of *bold* to show it as bold. Jan 2, 2014 at 13:39

Add this to your .emacs file to hide markup.

(setq org-hide-emphasis-markers t)

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