I am using the column view on my org agendas, and I want one of the columns to show the timestamp for when the task was finilize (set to "DONE" state). I tried the following column headings


but neither of them worked. I have not found any special properties for the DONE time (althought I thought CLOSED was exactly that), so I have tried the column heading #+COLUMNS: %TIMESTAMP_IA. However, this will show all type of inactive timestamps, not only timestamps for DONE. Another approach would be to include the timestamp for "DONE" as a property of the task, though I have no idea of how to do that.

1) how can I include a timestamp for DONE as a column in column view?
2) how to make a timestamp for DONA a property of a task?

Thanks in advance for all helpfull suggestions :)

  • CLOSED is the property you want. I have (org-agenda-overriding-columns-format "%25ITEM %TODO %CLOSED %TAGS") in some agendas and it works.
    – erikstokes
    Jul 30, 2015 at 12:51
  • hm..strange. It does not work. Retested it just now. My DONE timestams is set on the form [2015-07-30 to 10:29] with norwegian day format
    – myotis
    Jul 30, 2015 at 12:55
  • That's probably the issue: org-mode is not parsing the timestamp correctly. It's the same problem as [emacs.stackexchange.com/questions/14343/… other question). This may just be a bug in org-mode.
    – erikstokes
    Jul 30, 2015 at 13:01

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I think you might need to set the org-log-done variable to time and then use the CLOSED column in your agendas.

See http://orgmode.org/manual/Closing-items.html

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