I'm new to Elisp and I'd like to start using Emacs org Mode as my main writing tool. For that to happen I'm trying to set up a good configuration with custom functions. What I'm trying to achieve is "display the org document as content only". When I press SHIFT+TAB in Org mode, the buffer cycles between "Overview", "Content" and "Show All". I found that I could switch to "Overview" using command org-overview, but I can't find how to activate "Content" or "Show All" using Elisp.

EDIT: Here is the different style of one simple org document. What I want to find is what commands could swap my document state to "Content" or "Show All":

Overview: enter image description here

Content: enter image description here

Show All: enter image description here

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You are looking for the command outline-show-all.

The doc of that command is:

outline-show-all is an interactive compiled Lisp function in outline.el.

It is bound to <menu-bar> <Org> <Show/Hide> <Show All>.


Show all of the text in the buffer.

You can easily find that information by pressing C-h k (bound to the command describe-key) and clicking on the menu item OrgShow/HideShow All.

You get the table of contents with the command org-content:

org-content is an interactive compiled Lisp function in org.el.

(org-content &optional ARG)

For more information check the manuals.

Show all headlines in the buffer, like a table of contents. With numerical argument N, show content up to level N.

  • Wow. Thanks. What about the "content" view?
    – lvictorino
    Aug 7, 2019 at 14:06
  • @lvictorino Sorry, my bad. The visibility level CONTENTS is clearly defined in the manual. I added a note about the command org-content.
    – Tobias
    Aug 7, 2019 at 14:34
  • no worries <3 thanks a lot!
    – lvictorino
    Aug 7, 2019 at 14:41
  • (and thanks for showing me C-h k! It'll be useful.
    – lvictorino
    Aug 7, 2019 at 14:43

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