Is it possible to make the agenda views to only show tasks with a deadline, hence skipping all tasks containing only scheduled time?

The reason for this question is that I am NOT using scheduled time for when to start on a task, like having an appointment with my self, but instedad I am using scheduled time only for determining when a task will be visible in my task list. Hence I typically work on tasks that have their scheduled time days or weeks back in time. Of this reason, it is only the deadline-tasks I want to see in my agenda views. Is that possible?

Thanks for any suggestions, hints or help.

  • Consider using org-agenda-list with (org-agenda-entry-types '(:deadline)) My notes indicate that I previously used this to exclude scheduled -- i.e., specifying just deadline serves to exclude scheduled. Here is an excerpt from my org-agenda-custom-commands: (agenda "Events" ((org-agenda-span 'month) (org-agenda-show-all-dates nil) (org-agenda-entry-types '(:deadline)) (org-deadline-warning-days 0) ))
    – lawlist
    May 5, 2016 at 18:15
  • @lawlist Can you convert your comment to an answer so it can be upvoted and accepted?
    – erikstokes
    May 5, 2016 at 23:00

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There is more than one way to accomplish the task outlined in the quesition of this thread. My preferred method is to use org-agenda-list with the org-agenda-entry-types set to :deadline only, which serves to exclude :scheduled. Note that org-agenda-entry-types is a list that can be more than one element -- for additional information on that variable, type M-x describe-variable RET org-agenda-entry-types RET. The following is a sample entry in the org-agenda-custom-commands that will cause org-agenda-list to activate using (in part) the specified criteria -- I prefaced in part because certain variables can be globally set elsewhere (either by default or by custom setup) that will affect the behavior of org-agenda-list:

(setq org-agenda-custom-commands '(
  ("1" "Events" agenda "display deadlines and exclude scheduled" (
    (org-agenda-span 'month)
    (org-agenda-time-grid nil)
    (org-agenda-show-all-dates nil)
    (org-agenda-entry-types '(:deadline)) ;; this entry excludes :scheduled
    (org-deadline-warning-days 0) ))

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