When exporting an Org-mode buffer to Text or ODT, I'm getting the following:

 1. Lorem
 1.1. Ipsum
 1.1.1. Dolor
 1.1.2. Sit

I'd like to change it to a bulleted list rather than numbered (closer to Org Mode view itself):

* Lorem
  + Ipsum
    - Dolor
    - Sit


(the specific bullets chosen are just an example).

How can I do that?


1 Answer 1


For the text/ascii exporter, I would say:

  1. Add #+OPTIONS: num:0 H:0 in your org document
  2. Customize the variable org-ascii-bullets to choose the character used for each level, for instance:
    (setq org-ascii-bullets '((ascii ?* ?+ ?-) (latin1 ?* ?+ ?-) (utf-8 ?* ?+ ?-)))

The following org document:

#+OPTIONS: num:0 H:0 author:nil toc:nil

* Toto
** Tata
*** Titi

will be exported in text/utf-8 as:

* Toto

  + Tata

    x Titi

The export to odt format should (I suppose) work in a similar fashion.

  • Step 1 works perfectly. Is there a way to have Step 2 working only within specific files (e.g. via adding an #+OPTIONS setting or something similar)?
    – Asaf
    Apr 15, 2021 at 12:13
  • I guess you can make this variable local at the end of the document; see for instance emacswiki.org/emacs/LocalVariables
    – Philopolis
    Apr 15, 2021 at 13:51
  • If I want numbering what should I do?
    – alper
    Jun 27, 2023 at 21:03

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