I am aware of the [0/2] checkbox summary in parent heading, but how could one get the same going for [(total TODO)/(total DONE)] ?

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Just put the [/] cookie in the upper level heading and then this will be updated with [(total DONE)/(total TODO)] each time you change the status of a subheading. For example:

** My heading [2/4]
*** DONE bake cake
    CLOSED: [2015-05-17 Sun 13:24]
*** DONE make tea
    CLOSED: [2015-05-17 Sun 13:24]
*** TODO drink tea
*** TODO eat cake

If the cookie is not up-to-date, move the cursor to the cookie and type C-c C-c to update.

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    And if you use C-u C-c C-c it will update all the cookies at once. It can also be useful to set the COOKIE_DATA property to recursive to count subtasks of subtasks.
    – erikstokes
    Commented May 18, 2015 at 2:43

Side comment -- If you're exporting your task list to HTML, you might be interested by the dashboard of my theme Bigblow [1] (which I'll try to add into ReadTheOrg as well). There, you can easily see counts of items, and even highlight them.

See demo on https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DnSGSiXYuOk.

[1] https://github.com/fniessen/org-html-themes

  • Someday, for me, is in a very, very long time... ;-(
    – fniessen
    Commented Jun 8, 2015 at 19:42
  • Took a look, very nice, no immediate use for me - I use org mode for README's on Github primary Commented Jun 9, 2015 at 21:37
  • 2 years later - took a look again, really useful this time around - thanks. I also have been a huge fan of Leuven theme ;-) Commented Dec 13, 2017 at 21:34

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