In org-mode, I need a function to move point to the last row of a named table of arbitrary length.


From anywhere in the buffer, I would like to go to:

#+NAME: table-with-unique-name
| X | Y       |
| a | some    |
| b | random  |
| c | content | <--first cell in this row


  • I there a more elegant way to go to a named table than to isearch for #+NAME: table-with-unique-name and next-line?

EDIT: ok, so I'm going with a function that searches for the #+NAME: table-with-unique-name line and goes to next-line but that, too, is giving me trouble. With this function:

(defun test-goto-table ()
    (goto-char (point-min))
    (re-search-forward "^#\\+NAME: table-with-unique-name")

I can successfully go to the table if it exists but if the search fails, point ends up in the beginning of the buffer. Is there a way to wrap re-search-forward or some other smart way to search the whole buffer? [Resolved by using save-excursion. See "Edit 2" for working function.]

  • [Answered] Once at the table, how can I go to the last line? (I know there's a function called org-table-goto-line but I can't get it to go to last line, only to a specific line number.)

EDIT 2: This works to goto specific cell of a table with a unique name:

(defun tracktable-exists-p ()
    (goto-char (point-min))
    (re-search-forward "^#\\+NAME: table-with-unique-name" nil t)))

(defun test-goto-cell ()
  (if (tracktable-exists-p)
      (let ((tabel "^#\\+NAME: table-with-unique-name"))
        (goto-char (point-min))
        (re-search-forward tabel nil t)
        (show-subtree) ; necessary if the table is hidden in a subtree
        (goto-char (org-table-end))
        (previous-line 2) ; the dotted line in the bottom is not recognized as part of the table by 'org-table-goto-column' so go two lines up.
        (org-table-goto-column 1))
    (message "table-with-unique-name doesn't exist")))

Marco Wahl resolved the hard part, so accepting answer.

1 Answer 1


This is an answer to 'Once at the table, how can I go to the last line?'. So this is only a partial answer.

You can use this command which at its core uses the function 'org-table-end'.

(defun stackexchange-org-table-goto-last-line ()
  (goto-char (org-table-end))
  (org-table-goto-column 1))
  • 1
    Thx. I reformulated the other part of my question. If perchance you can answer, I'll accept. Nov 5, 2015 at 12:42

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