I'm following this tutorial:


* Tasks
** DONE start a new org file for tutorial
C-c C-t

modifies the second to line

** DONE start a new org file for tutorial

but is not followed by the expected

CLOSED <timestamp>

What to do?enter image description here


here's how .emacs.d/init.el is setup:

(require 'package)
(add-to-list 'package-archives '("org" . "https://orgmode.org/elpa/") t)
(require 'org)
(define-key global-map "\C-cl" 'org-store-link)
(define-key global-map "\C-ca" 'org-agenda)
(setq org-log-done t)

1 Answer 1


Try (setq org-log-done 'time).

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    In place or following (setq org-log-done t)? I tried both and it doesn't generate a timestamp. Also, C-x C-s does not save the task.
    – user19777
    Commented Feb 21, 2019 at 4:33
  • I assumed that org-log-done would be nil (default), so it's not the point. Anyway, my emacs -Q with your init setup works as expected...
    – lurdan
    Commented Feb 21, 2019 at 7:57
  • I tried again and it worked with your solution.
    – user19777
    Commented Feb 27, 2019 at 23:14
  • Subsidiary question: how to do I close without a timestamp with the new setup?
    – user19777
    Commented Mar 4, 2019 at 17:55
  • Without setting org-log-done, timestamp will not be created when closing. It's default behavior. To ensure, you may explicitly set (setq org-log-done nil).
    – lurdan
    Commented Mar 6, 2019 at 5:36

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