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In org-agenda the entries with SCHEDULED or DEADLINE properties are shown. However, sometimes I might want to distinguish between entries not only by their own names, but also the names of their parents.

For example, I might have an entry "Assignment 1" under one title, but also another "Assignment 1" for another course, both of which show up on the agenda with the same name.

What I might want instead would be "C1 -> Assignment 1" and "C2 -> Assignment 1" to be shown. Is there any configuration that would allow me to do this?

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    Check the variable org-agenda-prefix-format, where you can add parent node(s) as prefix. You may wish to create a custom agenda with this setting and avoid messing with other agendas. – Juancho Nov 2 '17 at 16:07
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    See also this related question. – Juancho Nov 2 '17 at 16:08
  • @Juancho Thanks for the pointer. Maybe you can just submit that as an answer so that I can accept it. – xji Nov 2 '17 at 16:16
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I suggest you use categories, i.e. set a category on the parent (or top level) item, that seems to be the simplest way. Set that by setting a property, C-c C-x p, use special property "CATEGORY", and then specify some short-hand code.

Categories are inherited, so you can set it up just once on the top heading.

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