I have hundreds of TODOs scattered across dozens of org buffers. Each of these TODOs has an associated priority. I would like to generate a master list of all these TODOs, sorted by priority. Is this possible?
The TODO list obtained with
C-c a t (bound to
org-todo-list, assuming that you have bound
C-c a) finalizes the list by calling
org-agenda-finalize-entries which sorts the list using the criteria specified in the variable
org-agenda-sorting-strategy. You should read its doc string (
C-h v org-agenda-sorting-stratey) carefully. The default value for the global TODO list is
(priority-down category-keep). The simplest thing to do is to set the
todo part of the variable to just
(setf (cadr org-agenda-sorting-strategy) '(todo priority-down))
This assumes that the second entry in the list is the
((agenda habit-down time-up priority-down category-keep) (todo priority-down) (tags priority-down category-keep) (search category-keep))
That's the default, but you should check your value carefully just in case, and adjust the
Given that you have hundreds of TODO entries and there are only three priorities by default, there will be a lot of entries with the same priority in the list, which you will probably want to sort on additional fields. Reading the doc string for
org-agenda-sorting-strategy and experimenting is the best way to find the right settings for you.