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5.2.3 Multiple keyword sets in one file

Sometimes you may want to use different sets of TODO keywords in parallel. For example, you may want to have the basic TODO/DONE, but also a workflow for bug fixing, and a separate state indicating that an item has been canceledβ€”so it is not DONE, but also does not require action. Your setup would then look like this:

(setq org-todo-keywords
'((sequence "TODO" "|" "DONE")
(sequence "REPORT" "BUG" "KNOWNCAUSE" "|" "FIXED")
(sequence "|" "CANCELED")))

The keywords should all be different, this helps Org mode keep track of which subsequence should be used for a given entry. In this setup, C-c C-t only operates within a sub-sequence, so it switches from β€˜DONE’ to (nothing) to β€˜TODO’, and from β€˜FIXED’ to (nothing) to β€˜REPORT’. Therefore you need a mechanism to initially select the correct sequence. In addition to typing a keyword or using completion (see Completion), you may also apply the following commands:

C-u C-u C-c C-t​



These keys jump from one TODO sub-sequence to the next. In the above example, C-u C-u C-c C-t or C-S-RIGHT would jump from β€˜TODO’ or β€˜DONE’ to β€˜REPORT’, and any of the words in the second row to β€˜CANCELED’. Note that the C-S- key binding conflict with shift-selection (see Conflicts).



S-LEFT and S-RIGHT walk through all keywords from all sub-sequences, so for example S-RIGHT would switch from β€˜DONE’ to β€˜REPORT’ in the example above. For a discussion of the interaction with shift-selection, see Conflicts.