I have DOING defined as a DONE state. (Odd, I know.) I'm trying to get the font face for the DOING headline to appear the same as DONE. How can I do this? (Using Doom.)

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  • Can you add to your question how you define the DOING state? Is it a TODO state or a DONE state?
    – NickD
    Commented Mar 27, 2022 at 21:35
  • @NickD question updated to include state.
    – Gavin
    Commented Mar 28, 2022 at 14:50
  • Yeah, that was confusing :-) I expected it to be a TODO state.
    – NickD
    Commented Mar 28, 2022 at 15:39

2 Answers 2


Customize the variable org-todo-keywords and include DOING in the same sequence as DONE, and/or customize the variable org-todo-keyword-faces to set the appearance of DOING. The latter solution (customizing org-todo-keyword-faces) gives Org no persistent association between DOING and DONE; in other words, if the appearance of DONE changes, DOING will not change until you go in to make it match again. The former solution (customizing org-todo-keywords) should be sufficient.


[I believe that @gusbrs had offered the correct solution but he deleted his answer. I hope he undeletes it, but for the time being, I'm posting his answer in his stead: I will happily delete this answer if he undeletes his.]

Set org-fontify-done-headline to nil:

(setq org-fontify-done-headline nil)

or use Customize to do the same thing permanently.

The doc string of the variable says:

Non-nil means change the face of a headline if it is marked DONE. Normally, only the TODO/DONE keyword indicates the state of a headline. When this is non-nil, the headline after the keyword is set to the ‘org-headline-done’ as an additional indication.

Its default value is t, so the whole headline's face is changed for better visibility. If you set it to nil, then only the DONE keyword changes face.

  • @gusbrs I believe that what you propose here is necessary but insufficient. The same applies to my proposed answer above. I think the correct answer is both. Without my answer, DOING will not be recognized as a "done" state, and without your answer, DOING headlines will not be fontified, only the DOING keyword. Do you concur? Commented Mar 27, 2022 at 20:56
  • @PhilHudson Your accepted answer worked. So simple – and (now) obvious.
    – Gavin
    Commented Mar 28, 2022 at 14:52
  • It seems I was climbing the wrong tree :-)
    – NickD
    Commented Mar 28, 2022 at 15:38

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