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How can I expand all the headings with a name matching a search term? For example, take the following fully expanded document:

* Famous Animals
** Pigs
   - Ace
   - Babe
** Cats
   - Duchess
   - Felix
* Musical Characters
** Cats
   - Demeter
   - Macavity
** Chicago
   - Roxie
   - Velma

Now let's collapse it completely:

* Famous Animals
* Musical Characters

I'd like to be able to search for "Cats" and get the following headings to expand:

* Famous Animals
** Pigs
** Cats
   - Duchess
   - Felix
* Musical Characters
** Cats
   - Demeter
   - Macavity
** Chicago

Extra points if I can do an incremental search and have the headings expand as I type.

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org-sparse-tree (C-c /) does exactly what you want.

For example, C-c / / Cats RET will expand all content where "Cats" appears, and collapse the rest.

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  • It's very close. It shows the "Cats' heading, but unless I'm doing it wrong, it doesn't show the lists under "Cats". Is there any way to expand them further?
    – oneself
    Commented Apr 25, 2020 at 14:30
  • I also tried applying the answer here to no avail: emacs.stackexchange.com/questions/15109/…
    – oneself
    Commented Apr 25, 2020 at 14:42
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    @oneself does: (add-to-list 'org-show-context-detail '(occur-tree . local)) work for you? It won't show the siblings I think.
    – jagrg
    Commented Apr 26, 2020 at 0:54
  • Yes, it that works perfectly. Thank you!
    – oneself
    Commented Apr 27, 2020 at 18:56

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