in the manual I see the possibility to export a subtree to a new org file, here. This possibility is also referenced in this StackExchange answer. However, when I hit C-x C-e in my system, the O option is neither recognized nor displayed in the Dispatcher window:

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Can anybody explain why this is the case? The answer dates 2018, has anything changed in the mean time? Also the manual reports it so I'm thinking it might be some other effect taking place.

M-x org-version gives 9.5.2

M-x emacs-version gives 26.3

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Following the hint of this post I've just tried M-x customize on the org-export-backends variable, where the org option was unticked.

Ticking it activated the option.

  • The Org export backend is indeed not active by default.
    – NickD
    Feb 8, 2022 at 13:21

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