Since column view is just an overlay over a buffer, it cannot be
exported or printed directly. If you want to capture a column view, use
columnview dynamic block (see Dynamic blocks). The frame
of this block looks like this:
* The column view #+BEGIN: columnview :hlines 1 :id "label" #+END:
This dynamic block has the following parameters:
This is the most important parameter. Column view is a feature that is often localized to a certain (sub)tree, and the capture block might be at a different location in the file. To identify the tree whose view to capture, you can use 4 values:
local use the tree in which the capture block is located global make a global view, including all headings in the file "file:path-to-file" run column view at the top of this file "ID" call column view in the tree that has an
:ID:property with the value label. You can use M-x org-id-copy RET to create a globally unique ID for the current entry and copy it to the kill-ring.
t, insert an hline after every line. When a number N, insert
an hline before each headline with level
When set to
t, force column groups to get vertical lines.
When set to a number, don’t capture entries below this level.
When set to
t, skip rows where the only non-empty specifier of the
column view is
The following commands insert or update the dynamic block:
Insert a dynamic block capturing a column view. You will be prompted for the scope or ID of the view.
Update dynamic block at point. The cursor needs to be in the
#+BEGIN line of the dynamic block.
Update all dynamic blocks (see Dynamic blocks). This is useful if you have several clock table blocks, column-capturing blocks or other dynamic blocks in a buffer.
You can add formulas to the column view table and you may add plotting
instructions in front of the table—these will survive an update of the
block. If there is a
#+TBLFM: after the table, the table will
actually be recalculated automatically after an update.
An alternative way to capture and process property values into a table is provided by Eric Schulte’s org-collector.el which is a contributed package66. It provides a general API to collect properties from entries in a certain scope, and arbitrary Lisp expressions to process these values before inserting them into a table or a dynamic block.
Contributed packages are not part of Emacs, but are distributed with the main distribution of Org (visit http://orgmode.org).