Recently I started to read Org mode manual, and it surprises me there are so many useful options/commands/functionalities I wasn’t aware of even after using it daily for the past year, so I’d like to share some of the findings here.
Each section is accompanied with a short demo video. Settings are based on my
preference, but as the old saying goes, “a man’s Emacs is his own castle”, so do
customize it for your own good. When in doubt,
C-h v and
C-h f are always your
friends. Emacs 26.2 with Org v9.2.3 are used here.
Avoid inadvertent text edit in invisible area
When text is inserted near invisible area (
...), I’m never sure what exactly is
changed. Usually I would expand to check, only to end up losing my focus during
error to prevent editing invisible area, and
show an error message in echo area instead. I prefer
additionally expand text and move focus to the expected point.
Show headings only
Usually I would have some texts under a tree right before its subtrees. This
could be visually disturbing when I
TAB through trying to glance at tree
structure. All I want is the headings. In this case,
org-kill-note-or-show-branches (bound to
C-c C-k) comes in handy.
Clone trees with time shifts
C-c C-x c,
org-clone-subtree-with-time-shift create multiple subtrees
with timestamps shifted. Useful for creating skeleton for repeated tasks.
In collapsed view, hide empty lines between subtrees
0. Gives a more compact and consistent view,
especially in a large Org file with many headings.
Demote sequence for list bullets
(setq org-list-demote-modify-bullet '(("+" . "-") ("-" . "+") ("*" . "+")))
;; Increase sub-item indentation (setq org-list-indent-offset 1)
And I only learn the existence of
Description list today. Writing:
- Emacs :: An extensible, customizable, free/libre text editor - Org mode :: Keeping notes, maintaining TODO lists, planning projects, and authoring documents with a fast and effective plain-text system
- An extensible, customizable, free/libre text editor
- Org mode
- Keeping notes, maintaining TODO lists, planning projects, and authoring documents with a fast and effective plain-text system
Org-mode Hidden Gems series: