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The Org Mode 7 Reference Manual
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16.6 Summary of in-buffer settings

Org-mode uses special lines in the buffer to define settings on a per-file basis. These lines start with a ‘#+’ followed by a keyword, a colon, and then individual words defining a setting. Several setting words can be in the same line, but you can also have multiple repeated lines for the same keyword. While these settings are described throughout the manual, here is a summary. After changing any of those lines in the buffer, press C-c C-c with the cursor still in the line to activate the changes immediately. Otherwise they become effective only when the file is visited again in a new Emacs session.

#+ARCHIVE: %s_done::
This line sets the archive location for the agenda file. It applies for all subsequent lines until the next ‘#+ARCHIVE’ line, or the end of the file. The first such line also applies to any entries before it. The corresponding variable is org-archive-location.
This line sets the category for the agenda file. The category applies for all subsequent lines until the next ‘#+CATEGORY’ line, or the end of the file. The first such line also applies to any entries before it.
#+COLUMNS: %25ITEM .....
Set the default format for columns view. This format applies when columns view is invoked in locations where no COLUMNS property applies.
#+CONSTANTS: name1=value1 ...
Set file-local values for constants to be used in table formulas. This line sets the local variable org-table-formula-constants-local. The global version of this variable is org-table-formula-constants.
#+FILETAGS: :tag1:tag2:tag3:
Set tags that can be inherited by any entry in the file, including the top-level entries.
#+DRAWERS: NAME1 .....
Set the file-local set of drawers. The corresponding global variable is org-drawers.
#+LINK: linkword replace
These lines (several are allowed) specify link abbreviations. See section 4.6 Link abbreviations. The corresponding variable is org-link-abbrev-alist.
#+PRIORITIES: highest lowest default
This line sets the limits and the default for the priorities. All three must be either letters A-Z or numbers 0-9. The highest priority must have a lower ASCII number than the lowest priority.
#+PROPERTY: Property_Name Value
This line sets a default inheritance value for entries in the current buffer, most useful for specifying the allowed values of a property.
This line defines a file that holds more in-buffer setup. Normally this is entirely ignored. Only when the buffer is parsed for option-setting lines (i.e. when starting Org-mode for a file, when pressing C-c C-c in a settings line, or when exporting), then the contents of this file are parsed as if they had been included in the buffer. In particular, the file can be any other Org-mode file with internal setup. You can visit the file the cursor is in the line with C-c '.
This line sets options to be used at startup of Org-mode, when an Org file is being visited. The first set of options deals with the initial visibility of the outline tree. The corresponding variable for global default settings is org-startup-folded, with a default value t, which means overview.
overview         top-level headlines only
content          all headlines
showall          no folding of any entries
showeverything   show even drawer contents
Dynamic virtual indentation is controlled by the variable org-startup-indented(136)
indent     start with org-indent-mode turned on
noindent   start with org-indent-mode turned off
Then there are options for aligning tables upon visiting a file. This is useful in files containing narrowed table columns. The corresponding variable is org-startup-align-all-tables, with a default value nil.
align      align all tables
noalign    don't align tables on startup
When visiting a file, inline images can be automatically displayed. The corresponding variable is org-startup-with-inline-images, with a default value nil to avoid delays when visiting a file.
inlineimages   show inline images
noinlineimages don't show inline images on startup
Logging the closing and reopening of TODO items and clock intervals can be configured using these options (see variables org-log-done, org-log-note-clock-out and org-log-repeat)
logdone record a timestamp when an item is marked DONE
lognotedone record timestamp and a note when DONE
nologdone don't record when items are marked DONE
logrepeat record a time when reinstating a repeating item
lognoterepeat record a note when reinstating a repeating item
nologrepeat do not record when reinstating repeating item
lognoteclock-out record a note when clocking out
nolognoteclock-out don't record a note when clocking out
logreschedule record a timestamp when scheduling time changes
lognotereschedule record a note when scheduling time changes
nologreschedule do not record when a scheduling date changes
logredeadline record a timestamp when deadline changes
lognoteredeadline record a note when deadline changes
nologredeadline do not record when a deadline date changes
logrefile record a timestamp when refiling
lognoterefile record a note when refiling
nologrefile do not record when refiling
Here are the options for hiding leading stars in outline headings, and for indenting outlines. The corresponding variables are org-hide-leading-stars and org-odd-levels-only, both with a default setting nil (meaning showstars and oddeven).
hidestars make all but one of the stars starting a headline invisible.
showstars show all stars starting a headline
indent virtual indentation according to outline level
noindent no virtual indentation according to outline level
odd allow only odd outline levels (1,3,...)
oddeven allow all outline levels

To turn on custom format overlays over timestamps (variables org-put-time-stamp-overlays and org-time-stamp-overlay-formats), use

customtime overlay custom time format
The following options influence the table spreadsheet (variable constants-unit-system).
constcgs ‘constants.el’ should use the c-g-s unit system
constSI ‘constants.el’ should use the SI unit system
To influence footnote settings, use the following keywords. The corresponding variables are org-footnote-define-inline, org-footnote-auto-label, and org-footnote-auto-adjust.
fninline define footnotes inline
fnnoinline define footnotes in separate section
fnlocal define footnotes near first reference, but not inline
fnprompt prompt for footnote labels
fnauto create [fn:1]-like labels automatically (default)
fnconfirm offer automatic label for editing or confirmation
fnplain create [1]-like labels automatically
fnadjust automatically renumber and sort footnotes
nofnadjust do not renumber and sort automatically
To hide blocks on startup, use these keywords. The corresponding variable is org-hide-block-startup.
hideblocks Hide all begin/end blocks on startup
nohideblocks Do not hide blocks on startup
The display of entities as UTF-8 characters is governed by the variable org-pretty-entities and the keywords
entitiespretty Show entities as UTF-8 characters where possible
entitiesplain Leave entities plain
  • #+TAGS: TAG1(c1) TAG2(c2) These lines (several such lines are allowed) specify the valid tags in this file, and (potentially) the corresponding fast tag selection keys. The corresponding variable is org-tag-alist.
  • #+TBLFM: This line contains the formulas for the table directly above the line.
  • #+TITLE:, #+AUTHOR:, #+EMAIL:, #+LANGUAGE:, #+TEXT:, #+DATE:,
  • #+OPTIONS:, #+BIND:, #+XSLT:,
  • #+EXPORT_SELECT_TAGS:, #+EXPORT_EXCLUDE_TAGS: These lines provide settings for exporting files. For more details see section 12.2 Export options.
  • #+TODO: #+SEQ_TODO: #+TYP_TODO: These lines set the TODO keywords and their interpretation in the current file. The corresponding variable is org-todo-keywords.
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