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I would like to open emacs in dired mode . files and folders should be organised in most recent file first order. Moreover I would like to highlight the Org files for easy selection. Is this possible?

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If you provide a directory on the command-line, it opens in dired mode. For example

emacs .

...will open the current directory in dired mode.

The variable `dired-listing-switches' contains the switches sent to the ls command. So adding

(setq dired-listing-switches "-lart")

to your startup config (or customizing it) should do what you want.

You can mark org files with dired-mark-files-regexp as follows:

emacs -Q . --eval '(dired-mark-files-regexp "\\.org$")' &

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