I'm using org to store a list of links, I capture the links with org-capture and a custom template, but I want to write the new entries at top of the file. how I can do this?

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    See org-reverse-note-order.
    – glucas
    Commented Jan 24, 2017 at 1:24
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    Just a note that although the answer recommending :prepend t is correct that it ensures new entries are added above older ones, that applies only within a date header. The date headers themselves are still added latest after previous. And org-reverse-note-order doesn't change that either. Because the :prepend t answer has been marked as accepted, I've asked a similar question to this but specifying more completely what is required. It's here.
    – tkp
    Commented Feb 10, 2017 at 1:53

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From the Org-Mode Manual, you can add the following template element to your custom captures:

:prepend t

Normally new captured information will be appended at the target location (last child, last table line, last list item...). Setting this property will change that.

See the related post Using properties in org-mode capture templates, where for example you can achieve the desired effect by using:

("w" "Default template" entry (file+headline (concat (file-name-as-directory org-directory) "journal.org") "Notes")
 "* TODO [#C] %^{Title} %?" :prepend t)
  • by the way, t is missing from the manual AFAICT, otherwise :prepend alone won't work. This gave me headache couple of days ago.
    – doctorate
    Commented Apr 26, 2019 at 11:01
  • @doctorate, I know it is old, but I have just stumbled across this wondering the same thing. All I can guess is that t is the value of a Unit type. in a functional language, all functions have to have an argument. If your function doesn't need an argument you just define it to receive a Unit. I could be wrong, but that is what it seems to me. Commented Aug 12, 2020 at 7:34

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