I have successfully used org-capture, and have many templates.

Recently I have written a new template, where I want the target to be the location from where I am calling the capture command.

I have tried many things, and the only way I have been able to get it to work is using the Target location: Current clocking task:. This works just the way I like, except for the fact that I have to start clocking in order to capture.

Is there a way I can still gain the same functionality, without the need for clocking?

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You may be looking for this, from the org-capture doc:

When called with a ‘C-0’ (zero) prefix, insert a template at point.

So if you have org-capture bound to for example C-c c, then you could use C-0 C-c c to choose a capture template and insert in the current buffer.

You can always bind this to some other key sequence, if using a prefix isn't convenient. For example:

(defun org-capture-at-point ()
  "Insert an org capture template at point."
  (org-capture 0))

(global-set-key (kbd "C-c C-c") #'org-capture-at-point)
  • Thanks for the quick response. Somehow I am not able to enter C-0. When I do that, it is interpreted as C-u 0. Any ideas?
    – Shambho
    Commented Feb 10, 2017 at 1:26
  • Never mind. It works anyway. All I needed to do is change the Target location: from Current clocking task: to File and keep that field empty.
    – Shambho
    Commented Feb 10, 2017 at 1:30
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    As you found, C-0 is really just a more convenient binding for C-u 0. You can use C-u to enter any numeric prefix argument, but for 0-9 there are direct bindings.
    – glucas
    Commented Feb 10, 2017 at 14:17

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