If you use Org mode extensively, you may end up with enough TODO items that it starts to make sense to prioritize them. Prioritizing can be done by placing a priority cookie into the headline of a TODO item right after the TODO keyword, like this:
*** TODO [#A] Write letter to Sam Fortune
By default, Org mode supports three priorities: ‘
B’, and ‘
A’ is the highest priority. An entry without a cookie is treated as equivalent if it had priority ‘
B’. Priorities make a difference only for sorting in the agenda (see Weekly/daily agenda). Outside the agenda, they have no inherent meaning to Org mode. The cookies are displayed with the face defined by the variable
org-priority-faces, which can be customized.
You can also use numeric values for priorities, such as
*** TODO [#1] Write letter to Sam Fortune
When using numeric priorities, you need to set
org-priority-default to integers, which must all be strictly inferior to 65.
Priorities can be attached to any outline node; they do not need to be TODO items.
C-c , (
Set the priority of the current headline. The command prompts for a priority character ‘
B’ or ‘
C’. When you press
SPC instead, the priority cookie, if one is set, is removed from the headline. The priorities can also be changed “remotely" from the agenda buffer with the
, command (see Agenda Commands).
Increase/decrease the priority of the current headline1. Note that these keys are also used to modify timestamps (see Creating Timestamps). See also Conflicts, for a discussion of the interaction with shift-selection.
You can change the range of allowed priorities by setting the variables
org-priority-default. For an individual buffer, you may set these values (highest, lowest, default) like this (please make sure that the highest priority is earlier in the alphabet than the lowest priority):
#+PRIORITIES: A C B
Or, using numeric values:
#+PRIORITIES: 1 10 5
- See also the option