I'm using Emacs (v 24.5.1) on Windows 7. I have a .org file containing some todos. I read here and in various tutorials that C-c C-v is for "View TODO items in a sparse tree" (for the current buffer). But for me it does nothing, it only waits for another argument to be provided. How can I get this to work?

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You are using the wrong command. To view TODO items in a sparse tree, you need to use C-c / t. The tutorial to refer to does show it correctly. C-c C-v is meant for working with code.

  • That does do what I want, thanks. However, nothing indicates that C-c C-v is for code, it's listed under "TODO Items and Checkboxes". And other tutorials say the same, for example "C-c C-v – show todos in current document" here. So I'm still not clear on the usage of C-c C-v.
    – arjan
    Mar 31, 2016 at 13:27
  • @arjan: I do believe that is a mistake in the reference side you list. If you look just two headings above 'TODO Items and Checkboxes', you see 'Working with Code (Babel)' which explains the C-c C-v usage. The following pdf does contain the correct commands. Mar 31, 2016 at 14:01
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    OK, that explains it. There's at least several docs/tutorials where this mistake is repeated (so technically the answer should be those docs and tutorials are wrong).
    – arjan
    Mar 31, 2016 at 14:08

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