9.6.2 Internal archiving
If you want to just switch off—for agenda views—certain subtrees without
moving them to a different file, you can use the archive tag.
A headline that is marked with the ‘:ARCHIVE:’ tag (see Tags) stays
at its location in the outline tree, but behaves in the following way:
- It does not open when you attempt to do so with a visibility cycling
command (see Visibility cycling). You can force cycling archived
subtrees with C-<TAB>, or by setting the option
org-cycle-open-archived-trees. Also normal outline commands like
show-all will open archived subtrees.
- During sparse tree construction (see Sparse trees), matches in
archived subtrees are not exposed, unless you configure the option
- During agenda view construction (see Agenda views), the content of
archived trees is ignored unless you configure the option
org-agenda-skip-archived-trees, in which case these trees will always
be included. In the agenda you can press v a to get archives
- Archived trees are not exported (see Exporting), only the headline
is. Configure the details using the variable
- Archived trees are excluded from column view unless the variable
org-columns-skip-archived-trees is configured to
The following commands help manage the ARCHIVE tag:
- C-c C-x a (
Toggle the ARCHIVE tag for the current headline. When the tag is set,
the headline changes to a shadowed face, and the subtree below it is
- C-u C-c C-x a
Check if any direct children of the current headline should be archived.
To do this, each subtree is checked for open TODO entries. If none are
found, the command offers to set the ARCHIVE tag for the child. If the
cursor is not on a headline when this command is invoked, the
level 1 trees will be checked.
- C-<TAB> (
Cycle a tree even if it is tagged with ARCHIVE.
- C-c C-x A (
Move the current entry to the Archive Sibling. This is a sibling of
the entry with the heading ‘Archive’ and the tag ‘ARCHIVE’. The
entry becomes a child of that sibling and in this way retains a lot of its
original context, including inherited tags and approximate position in the