I want to use org-agenda to show todo's with scheduled date or deadline date within at certain time interval. For instance, I want to show todo's with deadline between today and one week ahead (today +7d). I have tried to do this by the following code:

 (setq org-agenda-custom-commands '(
   ("d" "daily "(
     (tags-todo "+DEADLINE>=\"<today>\" +DEADLINE<=\"<today + 7d>\" (
        (org-agenda-sorting-strategy '(todo-state-down))

But the code does not give what I want, instead my agenda show all todo's with deadline in the future, not only those with deadline between today and one week forward. How can I make org-agenda only show todo's for a certain time interval? Thanks for any answer :)

  • I suggest you have a look at column-view to see if one of the settings will give you the information you seek: orgmode.org/manual/Column-view.html#Column-view It is basically an overlay grid with additional details that can be customized -- it is displayed on top of the *Org-Agenda* buffer without modifying what's underneath. I've only played a bit with that option, so I'm not sure as to its full potential.
    – lawlist
    May 4, 2016 at 1:56
  • I am not sure I understand how the column-view will answer my question. I use column-view when I want to see explicitly property data for todo
    – myotis
    May 4, 2016 at 20:11
  • I may have misunderstood the question -- I thought you were seeking a certain visual appearance of a search result. Based on your comment and after reading the question again, it appears you are seeking a particular search result without the need for any special/different visual appearance. I apologize for the erroneous comment above. You may try using org-agenda-list instead of org-tags-view -- the former is specifically designed for a span of time from 1 day to infinity depending upon the need.
    – lawlist
    May 4, 2016 at 20:17
  • Thanks :) you are right, I seek a particular filter result. Now I see all my todo's in the future, but I do not want to see all of them, just the ones for the next n days.
    – myotis
    May 4, 2016 at 20:20
  • When using org-agenda-list instead of org-tags-view, variables such as org-agenda-start-day and org-agenda-span can control the time frame for which deadlines or scheduled tasks are displayed. A regexp restriction can be added to the search criteria to focus in on certain tags. I haven't played around with org-agenda-filter-by-tag, but that also looks interesting. orgmode.org/manual/Filtering_002flimiting-agenda-items.html Here is the link to the regexp skip/include stuff: orgmode.org/manual/Special-agenda-views.html
    – lawlist
    May 4, 2016 at 20:26

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I don't think that <today + 7d> is a valid time specification — you meant to say <+7d>. Additionally, there's no need to use an embedded list for just one condition. Finally, you're missing a pair of parantheses around the settings.

The following should do what you want:

(setq org-agenda-custom-commands
  '(("d" "daily"
     tags-todo "DEADLINE>=\"<today>\"&DEADLINE<=\"<+7d>\""
     ((org-agenda-sorting-strategy '(todo-state-down))))))
  • Thanks, but it does not work. None of my todo's with deadline within the next 7 d show up when using your code.
    – myotis
    May 4, 2016 at 22:18
  • Yes, your code works. It did work when I added the extra pair of parentheses. Why are they needed?
    – myotis
    May 4, 2016 at 22:23
  • My fault, I did not add the parentheses you mentioned :) Now it works! Thanks. Why are the extra pair of parentheses needed?
    – myotis
    May 4, 2016 at 22:24
  • Settings have the same syntax as a let binding: ((opt1 val1) (opt2 val2)...). See the docstring for org-agenda-custom-commands.
    – jch
    May 4, 2016 at 22:25
  • My original code was for block agenda. That is maybe the reason for lacking pair of parenthses. How can your code be changed to a block agenda, for instance having one line for today + 7d and another line for +7d to +14d?
    – myotis
    May 4, 2016 at 22:31

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