I would like each org-mode section to be expandable with a left mouse click anywhere in the heading (excluding tags). This answer correctly points to org-mouse.

However, I must click on the section asterisks * to get the expansion behavior. The actual title is not clickable. For instance, if I want to display the content under the * Heading heading, clicking on the * expands the section, but clicking on Heading yields no result. The clickable area includes all asterisks (potentially more than one for sub-headings) and the single space between the asterisks and the heading. Is there a way to fix this?

  • Do you realize that hitting TAB anywhere on the heading expands it? Maybe that's enough and you don't need the mouse to do the same thing?
    – NickD
    Commented Mar 29 at 12:56
  • I'm aware, but occasionally it is more convenient to select the heading with the mouse. Commented Apr 4 at 12:46

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This seems promising

(require 'org)
(defvar my-org-mouse-map (make-sparse-keymap))
(org-defkey my-org-mouse-map [mouse-1] 'org-cycle)

(add-hook 'org-mode-hook
          (defun my-org-mouse-map-hook ()
             `((,(rx (and bol (one-or-more "*") (one-or-more space) (group-n 1 (one-or-more any)) eol))
                   face nil
                   keymap ,my-org-mouse-map
                   mouse-face highlight

TAB cycles across three states FOLDED, CHILDREN, and SUBTREE.

In the above <mouse-1> case above, it cycles between FOLDED and CHILDREN.

May be someone in the audience can refine the recipe for mouse-1 case ...

  • Your solution does exactly what I needed, thank you. Concerning your comment, the <mouse-1> still cycles between FOLDED, CHILDREN and SUBTREE; it behaves just like TAB. Commented Apr 4 at 13:48

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