Similarly to what is described here, org-mode overrides C-S-<arrow> key-binds which, in order to control the size of the windows, I have defined as follows:

(global-set-key (kbd "S-C-<right>") 'enlarge-window-horizontally)
(global-set-key (kbd "S-C-<left>") 'shrink-window-horizontally)
(global-set-key (kbd "S-C-<up>") 'enlarge-window)
(global-set-key (kbd "S-C-<down>") 'shrink-window)

I would expect an identical solution to work, i.e.:

(add-hook 'org-ctrl-shiftright-final-hook 'enlarge-window-horizontally)
(add-hook 'org-ctrl-shiftleft-final-hook 'shrink-window-horizontally)
(add-hook 'org-ctrl-shiftup-final-hook 'enlarge-window)
(add-hook 'org-ctrl-shiftdown-final-hook 'shrink-window)

However the above has no effect at all. In org-mode those keys are still bind to setting and clearing marks (up/down combinations) and to work with the clock log (right/left combinations). In particular, they are bound to org-shiftcontrolup (and similar for the remaining three).

Does someone know how can one successfully override these key-binds in org-mode?

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    There is no variable org-ctrl-shiftright-final-hook (or any of the other directions) defined in Org mode and therefore nobody runs such a hook. You can define such variables as you have done above and you can add functions to them, but you might as well be defining a variable called, say, beubeu or nickd and expecting something to happen: if nobody uses the variable, then it doesn't matter what its value is - nobody uses it and so it might as well not exist.
    – NickD
    Commented Nov 12, 2021 at 18:44

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You can override the org-mode-map like this:

(define-key org-mode-map (kbd "S-C-<left>") 'shrink-window-horizontally)
(define-key org-mode-map (kbd "S-C-<right>") 'enlarge-window-horizontally)
(define-key org-mode-map (kbd "S-C-<down>") 'shrink-window)
(define-key org-mode-map (kbd "S-C-<up>") 'enlarge-window)
  • ... assuming that you don't care about the functionality that Org mode assigned to those keys in the first place.
    – NickD
    Commented Nov 12, 2021 at 14:25
  • @djangoliv Thank you. Do you know why using org-ctrl-shift... does not work? Commented Nov 12, 2021 at 14:31
  • @Beubeu Sorry, but no, I don't know...
    – djangoliv
    Commented Nov 12, 2021 at 14:55
  • There are no such variables defined in Org mode, so giving them a value does not do anything.
    – NickD
    Commented Nov 12, 2021 at 18:46

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