When I capture an item in org-capture, I have a template which adds "DATE_CAPTURED: %T" to it.

How do I make it so that DATE_CAPTURED is added inside a PROPERTY drawer?

Also, how would I make any org-mode-automated property (like DEADLINE, CLOSED, or SCHEDULED) get added to the PROPERTY drawer, instead of directly under the headline?

  • org-mode relies heavily upon finding the DEADLINE / SCHEDULED / CLOSED directly underneath the main heading when performing searches used to create the *Org Agenda* buffer; and other types of searches. Moving them to a property drawer will break functionality of many built-in features.
    – lawlist
    Commented Aug 6, 2016 at 19:06
  • I like to see everything in my capture window while I am editing/creating the entry, so I actually include the property drawers in my template along with certain spacing and line-endings \n. I use the following format for the current date in my DEADLINE and/or SCHEDULED: <%<%Y-%m-%d %a> You could have an entry that states something like: :DATE_CAPTURED: <%<%Y-%m-%d %a>>\n
    – lawlist
    Commented Aug 6, 2016 at 19:12

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You could use this function and the hook in init.el

(defun add-property-with-date-captured ()
  "Add DATE_CAPTURED property to the current item."
  (org-set-property "DATE_CAPTURED" (format-time-string "%F")))

(add-hook 'org-capture-before-finalize-hook 'add-property-with-date-captured)

which will add to the current heading in your capture buffer property DATE_CAPTURED with the date in ISO 8601 format when you'll end the capturing (after pressing C-c C-c in the capture buffer). So, you'll see the DATE_CAPTURED property in the capture file.

  • thx this works well. yet when i have a capture template that already creates a drawer, this will add an additional drawer. is there anyway around that?
    – zeltak
    Commented Oct 1, 2016 at 7:31
  • Does it create second PROPERTIES drawer? Commented Oct 1, 2016 at 12:05
  • yes it does do that.
    – zeltak
    Commented Oct 1, 2016 at 12:45
  • Which code do you use to create first (your) drawer into template? You could create question and gave link to. Commented Oct 1, 2016 at 17:13

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