Say I'm writing a text:

* Animals

There are many of them in the wild.

** Examples of animals :noexport:
- Dogs
- Fish
- Triceratops

# I'd like the subheading to end here!! Following sentence should belong to outer scope. 

Animals are not the same as plants.

* Plants

There are also many of them in the wild.

I'd like my subheading Examples of animals in the example above, to end after - Triceratops, and all further text to continue on the parent heading Animals. Currently, if I cycle visibility and hide Examples of animals, then all text below it will be hidden up entil the next heading.

How can I force to prematurely end a headline?!

If this functionality is not implemented in org-mode, how can I insert structured text in the middle of a heading and selectively hide (org-cycle) it?

  • 2
    Pretty sure you can't.
    – Dan
    Commented May 29, 2017 at 14:09
  • Any alternatives to insert structured text in the middle of a heading and selectively hide it? The solution need not consist of a subheading
    – Daniel
    Commented May 29, 2017 at 14:16
  • 1
    An example block #+BEGIN_EXAMPLE...#+END_EXAMPLE would seem more appropriate here. Commented May 29, 2017 at 17:11
  • Plain lists may also work (prefixed with dash). They're foldable, but are treated as plain text, so you can do whatever you want.
    – Chrisuu
    Commented Feb 28, 2022 at 23:02

3 Answers 3


As others have mentioned, org-mode is strictly hierarchical. Once you begin a headline at a certain level, nothing ends it except a new headline. You can't return to the previous one. If you want a certain chunk of text in the middle of a section to be set off and foldable you want a block; use either an example block or a source block (with org as the source language):

#+NAME: examples-of-animals
- test 1
- test 2

EXAMPLE blocks are exported literally. If you want formatted export (and to control whether it exports at all) use a source block:

#+BEGIN_SRC org-mode :exports none
** Examples of animals
  - test 1
  - test 2

http://orgmode.org/manual/Working-with-source-code.html#Working-with-source-code In this case the :exports none option causes the block to not be exported, but it will be editable as normal org-mode text.


That cannot be done: org-mode imposes a strictly hierarchical structure on the document. As a possible answer to your last question, you may be able to use inline tasks - see the Org-mode FAQ for more info.

  • Thanks, but inline tasks do not selectively hide, i.e., they still glob the contents until the next heading comes around.
    – Daniel
    Commented May 29, 2017 at 23:51
  • I think these are two different questions. OP wants to insert some text belonging to the parent node; the example described in the linked page is to insert text belonging to the previous sibling node instead of the current one.
    – shynur
    Commented Nov 27, 2023 at 14:00

You may be able to use an inline task for this. It is like a headline but usually 15stars deep. It is not part of the outline hierarchy.

  • I didn't know about inline tasks. They are cool but they still obey the org-mode structure, i.e., they'll still glob all content until the next heading comes around.
    – Daniel
    Commented May 29, 2017 at 23:53
  • You need to add an END at end of a 15 star headline to make it like a drawer. See orgmode.org/w/?p=org-mode.git;a=blob_plain;f=lisp/… Commented May 30, 2017 at 11:15

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