I have an org-mode file separated into multiple categories. I know I can create an agenda command that will show only items from one given category, like so:

("a" "Category A items" agenda ""

and then only items from category A will show up in the custom agenda view.

How can I configure a custom view so it will show items from two specified categories (e.g. "A" and "B")?

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You can do complex matching like this easily using org-super-agenda. Install the package with M-x packages-install org-super-agenda then load it using

(use-package org-super-agenda
  (org-super-agenda-mode t))

Then set the agenda groups to show things in CATEGORY A, things in CATEGORY B and finally discard anything else:

(add-to-list 'org-agenda-custom-commands
             '("a" "Category A or B" agenda ""
                '((:category ("A"))
                  (:category ("B"))
                  (:discard (:anything))
  • 1
    org-super-agenda ended up solving my problem. I used a (:category "A" :category "B") merge tasks from both categories into a single agenda
    – Kuba Orlik
    Commented Feb 1, 2019 at 10:42

You can add multiple filters to a single agenda item by making the type a list of matches.

("c" "Category A and B items" ((agenda "" (org-agenda-category-filter-preset
                           (agenda "" (org-agenda-category-filter-preset

Look in the org manual for more details.

  • This creates a multi-block view. I should have mentioned it in the question, but I'm looking for a solution to merge the two categories into one agenda
    – Kuba Orlik
    Commented Feb 1, 2019 at 10:33

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