I would like org-capture template to capture time at creation so I can use this recorded time later for routine cleaning of old tasks.

Currently I use this template with the %t expansion.

(setq org-capture-templates
  '(("p" "PRIVAT-TODO" entry (file+headline "/home/max/org/organizer.org" "Private")
     "* TODO %? %^g\n %t")))

But org uses timestamp to schedule and not for recording capture time.

What is the proper way to record when an item was captured?

How can I then us the time to sort in todo list views.

  • 1
    What is a todo list view? Is that the master org-mode file with all of your tasks/events? Is it a custom view in the *Org Agenda* buffer? Does the function org-sort-entries help any with respect to sorting the master org-mode file (it operates on a main heading, or on a selected region)?
    – lawlist
    May 16, 2016 at 16:36
  • org-capture-tamplates can accept a function to locate a target, so if the default append or the optional :prepend of the new capture item will not suffice, then a function can be crafted. I would suggest relying upon org-sort-entries and just append or :prepend the new capture item, but the choice is yours. If you need a special function, then consider posting a new question with details regarding what it is that you expect as a result.
    – lawlist
    May 16, 2016 at 16:46
  • To access the todo list view type C-c a t assuming you bound org-agenda to C-c a.
    – kain88
    May 16, 2016 at 21:23

1 Answer 1


You can refer to the documentation for org-capture-templates (try C-h v org-capture-templates) for all the supported %-escapes. The relevant bit for your question:

  %t          Time stamp, date only.
  %T          Time stamp with date and time.
  %u, %U      Like the above, but inactive time stamps.

You want to use %u rather than %t if you want the time stamp to be inactive.

See the Org manual for more detail on the the different kinds of time stamps. A plain time stamp (%t) affects how Org displays the entry in agenda views, while an inactive time stamp (%u) does not.

  • I overlooked the %u. Thank you
    – kain88
    May 16, 2016 at 21:22

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