So in org-mode, shift-up and shift-down works on timestamps. Is there a way to let it work on arbitrary dates in the text that is not a timestamp? For example if I write

The date is 2019-01-01.

Would it be possible to use shift-up/down on the date there to adjust it?

  • No - S-<up> is bound to org-shiftup which, depending on the context, can call a number of different commands. If it is in a timestamp, it calls org-timestamp-up which calls org-timestamp-change which checks that it is in a timestamp with org-at-timestamp-p. If that returns nil, then org-timestamp-change bails out with an error. – NickD Apr 2 at 20:25

You can insert a '<' before and a '>' after the date so org identifies it as a date now you can go up and down via shift.
In Addition you can press C-. to open a the time stamp dialog.

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