I would like to write a function that pretty-prints the current source code block into a PDF. I know I can use ps-print-region-with-faces, but it would require that I first select the source code block.

Is there a function in org to do this selection?

thank you in advance


the answer is org-babel-mark-block (answered by bertfred in a comment)

org-mark-element selects the block but also selects the BEGIN_ END_ markers.

  • 3
    org-babel-mark-block ?
    – bertfred
    Sep 9, 2017 at 14:24
  • @bertfred can you post an answer?
    – user12563
    Jul 29, 2019 at 4:21

2 Answers 2


Unlike org-mark-element, the function org-babel-mark-block only selects the contents of a block.


org-mark-element should be able to do the right thing. It's bound to M-h by default.

  • Unfortunately this selects also the headers of the block (#BEGIN_SRC, #END_SRC)
    – dmg
    Sep 10, 2017 at 3:49
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    Yeah, org-babel-mark-block (from a comment above) selects only the contents, which is also what I came here looking for. Mar 26, 2018 at 20:38

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