Is there a simple way (e.g. customization option) to disable some of org-mode's keyboard shortcuts? I normally use shift-right_arrow or shift-left_arrow to select text (expand region), but in org-mode this combination serves to promote/demote heading.

(Yes, I know there's an emacsen way of marking and expanding the region, but I was wondering if there's and out-of-the-box way of disabling this feature in org-mode...)


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Are you looking to disable those keys permanently for org-mode? You can do that by unsetting the keys in org-mode-map.

For example, add the following to your emacs init file:

(eval-after-load 'org
    (define-key org-mode-map (kbd "<S-right>") nil)
    (define-key org-mode-map (kbd "<S-left>") nil)))

When org mode is loaded this removes the org-local bindings for shift-right and left. That way the global bindings will work in org files.

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    In case you get Symbol's value as variable is void: org-mode-map make sure to (require 'org) first.
    – dev
    Commented Sep 7, 2016 at 15:38

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