What is the key combination to jump directly to the end of BODY of a headline in org-mode?

* Headline title A from here ▮

text text text
text text text
text text text
text text text
text text text
to HERE▮

* Headline title B
  • Using C-e cursor move to end of the headline title * Headline title HERE ▮ and not to the end of HEADLINE-BODY: ...text text text text text text to HERE▮
    – Paolo
    Feb 20, 2023 at 13:35
  • Sorry - misread the question.
    – NickD
    Feb 20, 2023 at 14:15

2 Answers 2


I'm not aware of a function that does this (someone will correct me if there is), but you can write your own by getting the :contents-end property from an org element and going to that buffer location. Something similar to this:

(defun my/org-goto-end-of-contents ()
  (let* ((elem (org-element-at-point))
         (end-pos (org-element-property :contents-end elem)))
    (goto-char end-pos)))

The important part being (org-element-property :content-end elem), which returns the value you're looking for. (Take a glance these two functions with C-h f: org-element-property and org-element-at-point)

However, if you want this function to respect the empty line and the end of the buffer, you can spice it up by looking for blank lines, headings, etc:

(defun my/org-goto-end-of-contents ()
  (let* ((elem (org-element-at-point))
         (end-pos (org-element-property :contents-end elem)))
    (goto-char end-pos)
    (if (and (or (looking-at-p "[[:space:]]*$") 
             (not (eobp)))
     (left-char 1))))

Bind this function to your key of choice and you're good to go.

  • 3
    There is the built-in function org-end-of-subtree which seems to be equivalent to the first command here.
    – orgtre
    Feb 20, 2023 at 23:33
  • I knew someone would know of a built-in function. That being said, it's fun to tinker with org-element-at-point and its properties. Thanks, @orgtre! Feb 21, 2023 at 6:24

The commands provided by kozina-adjacent go to the end of the current subtree, as does org-end-of-subtree. However, if one has a heading with text under it followed by several subheadings, one might just want to go to the end of the text before the first subheading. For this I wrote the following command (it does as advertised with a universal argument prefix, but does other things too, and could be further improved):

(defun org-colviewx-beginning-of-contents (&optional arg)
  "Go to first non-whitespace character of entry content.
Skips meta-data. When the entry content is only meta-data and
whitespace, go to the first subheading; but if there is no
subheading go to the end of of the last non-meta-data line of
entry, inserting it if necessary.

With a `\\[universal-argument]' prefix argument go to last \
character instead. With a `\\[universal-argument] \
\\[universal-argument]' prefix argument go to
last non-whitespace character in subtree."
  (interactive "P")
  (let ((initial-level (org-current-level)))
    (org-end-of-meta-data t)
    (if (and (org-at-heading-p)
             (= initial-level (org-current-level)))
        (progn (backward-char)
               (when (save-excursion
                       (looking-at-p "[^ \n\t]"))
       ((equal arg '(4))
        (if (re-search-forward "[ \n\t]*\n\\*" nil t)
            (goto-char (match-beginning 0))
          (re-search-backward "[^ \n\t]")
          (goto-char (match-end 0))))
       ((equal arg '(16))
        (org-end-of-subtree t)
        (re-search-backward "[^ \n\t]")
        (goto-char (match-end 0)))))
    (when (called-interactively-p 'interactive)
  • Thank you! I was looking for just what the org-end-of-subtree function does!
    – Paolo
    Feb 21, 2023 at 3:43
  • If one of these answers has answered your question satisfactorily, please accept it.
    – NickD
    Feb 22, 2023 at 2:21

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