Org has in-buffer completions. Unlike minibuffer completions, which
are useful for quick command interactions, Org’s in-buffer completions
are more suitable for content creation in Org documents. Type one or
more letters and invoke the hot key to complete the text in-place.
Depending on the context and the keys, Org offers different types of
completions. No minibuffer is involved. Such mode-specific hot keys
have become an integral part of Emacs and Org provides several
Complete word at point.
- At the beginning of an empty headline, complete TODO keywords.
- After ‘\’, complete TeX symbols supported by the exporter.
- After ‘:’ in a headline, complete tags. Org deduces the list of
tags from the ‘TAGS’ in-buffer option (see Setting Tags), the
org-tag-alist, or from all tags used in the current
- After ‘:’ and not in a headline, complete property keys. The list
of keys is constructed dynamically from all keys used in the
- After ‘[[’, complete link abbreviations (see Link Abbreviations).
- After ‘[[*’, complete headlines in the current buffer so that they
can be used in search links like: ‘[[*find this headline]]’
- After ‘#+’, complete the special keywords like ‘TYP_TODO’ or
file-specific ‘OPTIONS’. After option keyword is complete,
pressing M-TAB again inserts example settings for this
- After ‘STARTUP’ keyword, complete startup items.
- When point is anywhere else, complete dictionary words using