I find that I would like to expose different levels of detail in my org mode buffers; especially while reviewing possbile next steps across many projects.

org-shifttab comes close. It will cycle from fully folded to expanding all of the headlines.

I would like to add the ability to cycle through the visibility of headlines at level 1, then at 1 and 2, then at 1, 2 and 3... you get the idea.

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    Giving a numeric argument to shift-TAB will reveal headings up to the given level. – Juancho Aug 28 '17 at 17:09

As Jauncho points out, this is supported directly, as the function help shows:

(org-shifttab &optional ARG)

Global visibility cycling or move to previous table field.
Call ‘org-table-previous-field’ within a table.
When ARG is nil, cycle globally through visibility states.
When ARG is a numeric prefix, show contents of this level.

thanks Jauncho!

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  • Sounds like this answers the question so you could accept it. – glucas Aug 30 '17 at 0:51
  • well, I don't think I can accept my own answer @glucas. – jeffmcc Aug 31 '17 at 5:02
  • It's fine to accept your own answer. It's not that unusual and preferable to leaving it open indefinitely. @Juancho, do you want to add your own answer so it can be accepted instead? – glucas Aug 31 '17 at 10:29

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