I want to change an active date <2017-12-10 17:04> to inactive date [2017-12-10 17:04] and vice versa.

How do I do that?

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    The opposite of "active" is "inactive". Using the word "passive" in the question and in the answer makes it less likely that someone can find this thread in the future using Google or other search engine. See the org-mode manual for the correct terminology: orgmode.org/guide/Creating-timestamps.html
    – lawlist
    Commented Dec 10, 2017 at 17:33
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    @lawlist: I edited the question.
    – user14082
    Commented Dec 11, 2017 at 12:18
  • @lawlist I am editing the question. Thanks for pointing it out.
    – deshmukh
    Commented Dec 11, 2017 at 12:40
  • @FrancescoTurco Thanks! That was perfect.
    – deshmukh
    Commented Dec 11, 2017 at 12:41
  • @lawlist FYI regarding the word "passive": not everyone is a native english speaker. In some languages, the opposite of "active" is "passive". So it is valid to mention that word along with "inactive". :)
    – jue
    Commented Mar 10, 2020 at 9:42

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TL;DR; From the keyboard (in org-mode):

C-c .

to activate (convert from inactive to active).

C-c !

to inactivate (convert from active to inactive).

From lisp:

(org-time-stamp t)

to activate, and

(org-time-stamp t t)

to inactivate.

Edit: As Juancho points out, <S-up> and <S-down> both toggle between active and inactive timestamps.

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    You can also use shift UP/DOWN when the cursor is on the opening or closing brackets.
    – Juancho
    Commented Dec 10, 2017 at 20:32

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