I’m looking for an interactive command that would fold / unfold all the :PROPERTIES: drawers in an org file.
I’m sure this command must exist, I just can’t find it – and I’m curious to how you did find it, if you do!

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org-fold-hide-drawer-all will hide all drawers in the buffer (or with an active region, all drawers in the region).

I found it by doing C-h f org-fold--drawer TAB and then doing C-h f <function name> on each of the likely candidates (there were only three of them).

EDIT: My apologies: org-fold-hide-drawer-all was made interactive with commit 13353f1fa34f6f085ffbf142b380af7308f02981 but that change has not been incorporated into the stable releases yet.

In 9.6.151, you'll have to override the function with a copy of the function from the commit above. Add the following to your init file:

(with-eval-after-load 'org-fold
  (defun org-fold-hide-drawer-all (&optional begin end)
    "Fold all drawers in the current buffer or active region BEGIN..END."
    (interactive (list (and (use-region-p) (region-beginning))
                       (and (use-region-p) (region-end))))
    (let ((begin (or begin (point-min)))
          (end (or end (point-max))))
      (org-fold--hide-drawers begin end))))

[1] Actually, in any stable 9.6.x release. The change will probably not be included in any of the 9.6.x series releases: I suspect it will be included in 9.7 and later.

  • Thank you for your answer! org-fold-hide-drawer is not an interactive function, is it? I can’t seem to use it with M-x (which is the point). When I do C-h f org-fold--drawer TAB, I have absolutely no suggestion on my Emacs. For reference, I’m on Emacs 29.3 with org-version 9.6.15.
    – kotchwane
    Commented Apr 17 at 15:20
  • You got the name of the function wrong: org-fold-hide-drawer-all is an interactive function (AKA command), so you can call it with M-x.
    – NickD
    Commented Apr 17 at 19:35
  • Are you using standard completion or some third-party completion package? When I do C-h f org-fold-drawer TAB I get a completion buffer with four possibilities (one of which is org-fold-hide-drawer-all.
    – NickD
    Commented Apr 17 at 19:38
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    See the edited answer: no stable release contains the interactive version of org-fold-hide-drawer-all yet. I provide a workaround in the answer.
    – NickD
    Commented Apr 18 at 1:27
  • Thank you for your answer update and your comments! It works well for folding all properties on a buffer, despite it being slow.  But what about unfolding?
    – kotchwane
    Commented Apr 18 at 15:41

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