Org-mode: Indirect Buffer, Narrowing to tree

Here’s a really quick Emacs Org-mode tip that I find extremely useful.

In your config add the following two lines:

(setq org-indirect-buffer-display 'new-frame)
(setq org-src-window-setup 'other-frame)

(Or just run it in your scratch buffer to try it out for your current session.)

The first line sets the org-indirect-buffer-display variable to new-frame. Now when you call org-tree-to-indirect-buffer or org-agenda-tree-to-indirect-buffer (C-c C-x b) from an Org buffer or an Org agenda item, Emacs will create a new frame narrowed to that Org sub-tree. I find this much more useful than the default other-window as I usually operate with one frame vertically split with two windows, and like to maintain manual control over the contents of the windows.

Similarly, I like a frame-focused behaviour when editing literal source blocks, which is what the second line sets. While in an Org source block, calling org-edit-special (C-c ' ) will open a new frame narrowed to the current source block and in the appropriate major mode (python-mode, for example). The variable for this setting is org-src-window-setup.

To see the documentation for either variables, use the Emacs help system! (C-h v variable-name)

See also: Emacs Indirect-Buffers, Emacs Buffer Narrowing, org-narrow-to-subtree


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