Is there a built-in command to delete the contents of a cell in a single keystroke within an org-mode table? Note, I don't want to delete the row, just the cell contents.

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If not, how would you write this?

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org-table-blank-field, present in the “Tbl” menu.

It used to be bound to C-c SPC, but version 9.5 removed that default binding.

It's been around at least since version 6.01 in 2008, but for some reason it was only added to the manual as a consequence of this question.

  • exactly what I was looking for. Thanks!
    – wdkrnls
    Commented Sep 23, 2014 at 20:57
  • It has documented in the doc because of this question. The commit is orgmode.org/cgit.cgi/org-mode.git/commit/?id=9aa58fa . Requested lists.gnu.org/archive/html/emacs-orgmode/2014-11/msg00493.html Commented Feb 8, 2016 at 11:23
  • org-table-blank-field will clear the current line in a cell, but if the cell has multiple lines, it will still only affect the current line
    – rdcdr
    Commented Feb 2, 2017 at 18:50
  • Note that you can also set the mark with C-SPC, move the cursor, and use this command to clear a range of rows and/or columns in one go.
    – shawkinaw
    Commented Nov 13, 2019 at 18:52
  • To reset the binding: (define-key org-mode-map (kbd "C-c SPC") 'org-table-blank-field)
    – kotchwane
    Commented May 10, 2023 at 15:40

org-table-blank-field as already said, but also if you move to the cell with TAB, then typing will clear the cell content and replace it with what you type.

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