Org Mode 101

This is a quick reference of the Org mode syntax, based on the official Quickstart document .

Metadata

At the top of each file is so-called metadata. Most files will at least have #+title. Example:

#+TITLE:  Org Mode 101
#+AUTHOR: Arne Bahlo
#+DATE:   2021-05-30

Outlining

You create headlines by prefixing a line with a number of stars (*):

* heading 1
** heading 2
*** heading 3

Text formatting

  • /italics/
  • *bold*
  • \~code\~
  • =literal=
  • _underline_
  • +strikethrough+

[[destination][title]] or [[destinaton]]

Lists

Unordered

Unordered lists can start with - or +:

- foo
- bar

Ordered

Orderes lists can start with 1., 1), A or A):

1. foo
2. bar

Images

You can embed images by linking to them.

Blocks

Blocks can be code, quotes or anything else.

Quotes

#+begin_quote
There is nothing permanent except change.
-- Heraclitus
#+end_quote

Tables

Org mode has a full table editor including cell references and formulars.

Simple example:

| name | age |
|------+-----|
| foo  | 42  |
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