In org-mode agenda, it is very easy to add notes to entries with org-agenda-add-notes (conveniently bound to z by default). However, these notes are filed into a drawer along state change notes where they are anything but accessible.

Now, what I'd like to have is a simple and short way to see all notes attached to a headline from the agenda view. This way, I could e.g. take down why an item is in a WAITING state (i.e., what it is I'm waiting for) without having to include much information into the headline itself and without cluttering the entry's body.

Since adding notes is so easy, it strikes me as odd that it should be complicated to view those notes. I looked for functions named anything with org and note but found nothing of use (exept of course org-agenda-add-notes). Is there a simple way to access those notes I don't see?

  • I think you can at least get the WAITING part to work. Look at org-agenda-log-mode-items. I think you need to add the state entry. But I'm also curious how to get this to work for arbitrary notes. May 23, 2018 at 15:48

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I like to store my notes at the bottom of my headings, e.g., after the end of the properties drawers. To see the notes displayed in the *Org Agenda* buffer, I can type:

M-x org-agenda-entry-text-show


M-x org-agenda-entry-text-mode which is bound to the letter E by default.

The number of lines of text shown can be customized with the variable org-agenda-entry-text-maxlines.

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    Combine @lawlist answer above with collection of the note into the body using C-u C-c C-z as previously described in [org mode logbook note entry without logbook drawer](thttps://emacs.stackexchange.com/a/28297/13835)
    – alls0rts
    Jun 12, 2019 at 13:52

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