Is there a way to mark tasks in org-mode (similar to how you can mark files in Dired) so that they will show up on an Agenda view or in a sparse tree?

I'm familiar with using TODO keywords. But I was hoping to find something quick and temporary... like a "quick select" mode.

Any ideas?


  • You will need to decide which utility will be used to generate the agenda view (there are three to choose from) and consider setting up org-agenda-custom-commands to make repeat custom searches easily accessible. You should also read about sparse trees in the org-manual. In addition to the sparse trees (e.g., org-occur), there are org-tags-view, org-search-view, and org-agenda-list. Here is the link to sparse-tree documentation: orgmode.org/manual/Sparse-trees.html Here is the link to custom commands: orgmode.org/worg/org-tutorials/org-custom-agenda-commands.html – lawlist Aug 21 '16 at 15:32
  • Be sure to also read the advanced searching section of the org-mode manual: orgmode.org/worg/org-tutorials/advanced-searching.html Here is a link to the manual regarding agenda views: orgmode.org/manual/Agenda-Views.html – lawlist Aug 21 '16 at 15:34
  • Thanks! I have created some basic Agenda views using org-agenda-custom-commands which relied on tags and todo keywords. But I was curious about is whether there is some additional way to flag (or 'mark') Todos, similar to the way that you can temporarily mark files in Dired mode? I mention this because I really like the idea of manually building up a Today list by quickly flagging Todos from my Projects outlines, but without permanently altering their Todo keywords or tags... – Adam Aug 21 '16 at 15:37
  • I would recommend just using priorities --- [#A], [#B], [#C], [#D], and [#E], and/or just nothing for the priority. You can use shift-up/down to change them easily. The search criteria can be based on priorities, and organized either up or down. (setq org-highest-priority ?A) (setq org-lowest-priority ?E) (setq org-default-priority ?A) The task looks like this: * Next Action [#B] This is the title. :tag: – lawlist Aug 21 '16 at 17:22

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