I want to see only the TODOs in a subtree, but calling org-sparse-tree then t shows TODOs in the whole buffer.

How do I limit the sparse filtering behavior to the subtree under the item at point?

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    One option might be to use C-x n s (org-narrow-to-subtree).
    – glucas
    Jan 6, 2018 at 21:07
  • That works, thanks! I will accept it if you post it as an answer.
    – kbdluv
    Jan 6, 2018 at 22:27

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You can use org-narrow-to-subtree, which is bound to C-x n s by default.

This is not specific to sparse trees but can be used whenever you want to focus on a specific subtree in your org file.

  • And is there any way of limiting a sparse tree to a subtree without having to narrow and hide the rest in the buffer first?
    – Ivan Perez
    Mar 22, 2018 at 1:24

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