I was working with orgmode when I typed colon follwed by a space and text.

: text

and the whole line got highlighted in blue (in my theme). What does this mean in Org mode?

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It means that it is a short "Example"


  • Thanks! I didn't see that. What are the implications of example text? Are they not affected by any of the faces when exporting? Feb 18, 2022 at 11:57
  • The colon prevents Org mode from interpreting whatever follows as an Org mode construct: e.g. : * foo is not interpreted as a headline. It is just a string with no special properties.
    – NickD
    Feb 18, 2022 at 22:23
  • so it's like a comment? in my org the colon space makes the following text gray, which is nice.
    – mwal
    Dec 22, 2023 at 13:32

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