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Internal and External Borders
An Emacs frame has an internal border and an external border. The
internal border is an extra strip of the background color around all
four edges of the frame. Emacs itself adds the internal border. The
external border is added by the window manager outside the internal
border; it may contain various boxes you can click on to move or iconify
When you specify the size of the frame, that does not count the
borders. The frame's position is measured from the outside edge of the
Use the `-ib N' option to specify an internal border N pixels wide.
The default is 1. Use `-bw N' to specify the width of the external
border (though the window manager may not pay attention to what you
specify). The default width of the external border is 2.
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