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Consider the following org document where all the PROPERTIES drawers are unfolded :

* Books

** Book 1
:PROPERTIES:
:year: 1987
:author: Author 1
:publisher: Publisher 1
:END:

** Book 2
:PROPERTIES:
:year: 2010
:author: Author 2
:publisher: Publisher 2
:END:

When all drawers are collapsed, it looks like this :

* Books

** Book 1
:PROPERTIES:...

** Book 2
:PROPERTIES:...

Is there a way to display a subset of the drawer's content in place or alongside the ... ellipsis marker?

For example, having the following folding output would offer much more value to a reader who wants to skim quickly through a list of books and focus only on their year property:

* Books

** Book 1
:PROPERTIES:year: 1987...

** Book 2
:PROPERTIES:year: 2010...

Here, I arbitrarily illustrated with year but the same could be done for any properties like author or publisher

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This isn't exactly what you want, but a built-in way to show only one or a few properties of an Org entry along with the heading is Column View.

So to get a view similar to the one you want you can add a property drawer to the Books entry as follows:

* Books
:PROPERTIES:
:COLUMNS: %25ITEM %4year
:END:

Then calling M-x org-columns RET (C-c C-x C-c by default) with the cursor on the entry will show you something like this in vanilla Emacs (provided you fold the subheadings and scroll a bit):

colview example

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