I write my weekly report on Wednesdays. As such I need to see what I've done starting last Wednesday until now. (usually a Wednesday).

I would like to create an Agenda view for this, so I can quickly flick between the weeks, but I cannot find a way of specifying '-7' days.

I tried customizing org-agenad-custom-commands and setting the days to '-7' but that only shows the current day.

At present I generate a report for this:

#+BEGIN: clocktable :tstart "<-6d>" :tend "<now>" :scope agenda-with-archives :narrow 70 :formatter my-org-clocktable-notodo :maxlevel 3 :fileskip0

But I can't find a way to transpose this to an Agenda custom view. Is this possible?

[Edit solution]
As per lawlist's advise in the comment I got it to work.

1) I customized org-agenad-custom-commands, added an agenda view that shows "Number of days in agenda" = 8. I assigned "W" to this agenda view.

     ("W" "Last 8 days." agenda ""
      ((org-agenda-span 8)

2) I then defined a function that temporarily defines the variable:

(defun my/agenda-last-week () 
  (let ((org-agenda-start-day "-7d"))
       (org-agenda nil "W"))

I then assign a hotkey to that function.

Now I can view my last week Wednesday to Wednesday, (inc time-report). I am happy.

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    The second argument to org-agenda-list is start-day, and the third argument is span. M-x describe-function RET org-agenda-list RET. See: gnu.org/software/emacs/manual/html_node/org/… E.g., You can also set the start date using a date shift: (setq org-agenda-start-day "+10d") will start the agenda ten days from today in the future. Presumably you can go the opposite direction with a negative argument. In a custom command situation, the setq is omitted because it takes on a let-bound value.
    – lawlist
    Jun 10 '15 at 16:11
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    See also, M-x describe-variable RET org-agenda-start-day RET Here is a link to a thread that deals with what appears to be the same issue, entitled A weekly review in org-mode: stackoverflow.com/questions/17422781/…
    – lawlist
    Jun 10 '15 at 16:13
  • @lawlist Negative values for org-agenda-start-day do work exactly the way you suspect. I think your comment is really an answer.
    – erikstokes
    Jun 11 '15 at 0:09
  • @lawlist, that actually solves it :-). If you post an answer, I'll happily accept. Jun 15 '15 at 18:38

The variable org-agenda-start-day can be used to achieve the behavior desired by the original poster. The doc-string provides as follows:

Start day for the agenda view.
Custom commands can set this variable in the options section.
This is usually a string like "2007-11-01", "+2d" or any other
input allowed when reading a date through the Org calendar.
See the docstring of `org-read-date' for details.

The manual -- https://www.gnu.org/software/emacs/manual/html_node/org/Weekly_002fdaily-agenda.html -- contains the following example: You can also set the start date using a date shift: (setq org-agenda-start-day "+10d") will start the agenda ten days from today in the future.

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