8.6 Taking notes with a relative timer
When taking notes during, for example, a meeting or a video viewing, it can
be useful to have access to times relative to a starting time. Org provides
such a relative timer and make it easy to create timed notes.
- C-c C-x . (
Insert a relative time into the buffer. The first time you use this, the
timer will be started. When called with a prefix argument, the timer is
- C-c C-x - (
Insert a description list item with the current relative time. With a prefix
argument, first reset the timer to 0.
- M-<RET> (
Once the timer list is started, you can also use M-<RET> to insert
new timer items.
- C-c C-x ,
- Pause the timer, or continue it if it is already paused
- C-u C-c C-x ,
- Stop the timer. After this, you can only start a new timer, not continue the
old one. This command also removes the timer from the mode line.
- C-c C-x 0 (
Reset the timer without inserting anything into the buffer. By default, the
timer is reset to 0. When called with a C-u prefix, reset the timer to
specific starting offset. The user is prompted for the offset, with a
default taken from a timer string at point, if any, So this can be used to
restart taking notes after a break in the process. When called with a double
prefix argument C-u C-u, change all timer strings in the active region
by a certain amount. This can be used to fix timer strings if the timer was
not started at exactly the right moment.