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 a ‘
columnview’ dynamic block (see Dynamic Blocks). The frame of this block looks like this:
* The column view
#+BEGIN: columnview :hlines 1 :id "label"
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 four values:
Use the tree in which the capture block is located.
Make a global view, including all headings in the file.
Run column view at the top of the
Call column view in the tree that has an ‘
ID’ property with the value
LABEL. You can use
M-x org-id-copy to create a globally unique ID for the current entry and copy it to the kill-ring.
When set to a string, use this as a tags/property match filter to select only a subset of the headlines in the scope set by the
t, insert an hline after every line. When a number N, insert an hline before each headline with level
nil, force column groups to get vertical lines.
When set to a number, do not capture entries below this level.
nil, skip rows where the only non-empty specifier of the column view is ‘
List of tags to exclude from column view table: entries with these tags will be excluded from the column view.
nil, indent each ‘
ITEM’ field according to its level.
Specify a column attribute (see Column attributes) for the dynamic block.
The following commands insert or update the dynamic block:
Insert a dynamic block capturing a column view. Prompt for the scope or ID of the view.
This command can be invoked by calling
C-c C-x x) and selecting “columnview" (see Dynamic Blocks).
C-c C-x C-u (
Update dynamic block at point. point needs to be in the ‘
#+BEGIN’ line of the dynamic block.
C-u C-c C-x C-u (
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 survive an update of the block. If there is a ‘
TBLFM’ keyword after the table, the table is 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 package1. 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.