In org mode with the headings collapsed you can go to each one and press TAB to expand it.

Is there an easy way to not have to navigate to headings by using the arrow keys?

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The obvious response is that you can bound org-next-visible-heading and org-previous-visible-heading with whatever key you like, but arrow keys are busy ones in the org keymap.

Supossing that you want to completely override up and down keys when org-mode is your major mode, this, in your init file, will do it.

(define-key org-mode-keymap (kbd "<down>") 'org-next-visible-heading)
(define-key org-mode-keymap (kbd "<up>")   'org-previous-visible-heading)
  • Thank you, can you provide the command for the binding to a random key and I will place my preference in it?
    – Adam
    Oct 18, 2019 at 13:59
  • @Adam I've edited the response with your request.
    – Muihlinn
    Oct 18, 2019 at 14:11

Use C-c C-j (org-goto) for that functionality.

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