Running column view (C-c C-x C-c) shouldn't change buffer at all. However, in some cases, I found it adds extra whitespaces in some locations in the buffer. In the example in the snapshot, the column view, for unknown reason, did not tabulate the heading Known Issues and it modified the buffer (the 3 whitespaces added after the heading as I show in red in the git diff in the screenshot). Does anyone know why column view doesn't tabulate all headings and why it modifies a buffer? This is very undesirable.

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The org file is available here for testing: https://www.dropbox.com/s/uj5vnzpn3ls4pd2/foo2.org?dl=0

And I am using:

  • Org mode version 9.3.6 (9.3.6-25-g685b2c-elpa @ /Users/john/.emacs.d/elpa/org-20200330/)

  • GNU Emacs 26.3 (build 1, x86_64-apple-darwin18.2.0, NS appkit-1671.20 Version 10.14.3 (Build 18D109)) of 2019-09-02

  • Mac OS Catalina

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    What about reporting the bug?
    – Marco Wahl
    Commented Apr 8, 2020 at 8:35

1 Answer 1


While I wasn't able to solve this, here are some significant observations:

tabulated headline is there, it's just hidden

C-c C-x C-c and then expanding "*** Math" (the very last headline before "* Known Issues") shows that there is a tabulated headline for "Known Issues" - it is just 2 lines obve the actual headline (which is obviously a bug).

minimal example

I created a minimal example file to reproduce the error:

* A
* X

Stunningly the error only occurs when the second headline is at least as long as the one before it.

Works as expected:

* AB
* X


* A
* X
* A
* XY


Repeating C-c C-x C-c fixes the problem (although this is not a great solution).

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