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6961c8f238fadcc8fe8e0028f212c83f57266099 — Adam Porter 2 months ago 75eff0b
Move some more content to "How many files?"

* org-faq.org (Should I use one big Org file or multiple files?): Move
some more content to...

* topics/how-many-files.org: ...this file.

Suggested-by: Ihor Radchenko <yantar92@gmail.com>
2 files changed, 27 insertions(+), 29 deletions(-)

M org-faq.org
M topics/how-many-files.org
M org-faq.org => org-faq.org +10 -29
@@ 765,43 765,24 @@ mode using

: (setq default-major-mode 'org-mode)

** Should I use one big org file or multiple files?
** Should I use one big Org file or multiple files?
   :PROPERTIES:
   :CUSTOM_ID: how-to-organize-org-mode-files
   :END:

/For more in-depth discussion, see [[file:topics/how-many-files.org][How many files?]]./

Org-mode is flexible enough to accomodate a variety of organizational and
time management schemes.  Org's [[https://orgmode.org/manual/Document-structure.html#Document-structure][outline cycling and convenient editing and
navigation commands]] make it possible to maintain all of your projects and
notes in a single file.  But org-mode's [[https://orgmode.org/manual/Hyperlinks.html#Hyperlinks][quick and easy hyperlinks]], along
with [[https://orgmode.org/manual/Refile-and-copy.html#Refile-and-copy][easy refiling of notes and todos]], also make it a delight to maintain a
private "wiki" consisting of multiple files.
Org-mode is flexible enough to accomodate a variety of organizational
and time management schemes.  Org's [[https://orgmode.org/manual/Document-structure.html#Document-structure][outline cycling and convenient
editing and navigation commands]] make it possible to maintain all of
your projects and notes in a single file.  But Org-mode's [[https://orgmode.org/manual/Hyperlinks.html#Hyperlinks][quick and
easy hyperlinks]], along with [[https://orgmode.org/manual/Refile-and-copy.html#Refile-and-copy][easy refiling of notes and todos]], also
make it a delight to maintain a private "wiki" consisting of multiple
files.

No matter how you organize your org files, org-mode's agenda commands
No matter how you organize your Org files, Org-mode's agenda commands
make it easy to search all your notes and gather together crucial data
in a single view.

Moreover, several org-mode settings can be configured either globally in
your init file or locally (per file or per outline tree).  See the
[[https://orgmode.org/manual/index.html#Top][manual]] for more details.  For an example of local customizations see [[#limit-agenda-with-category-match][this
FAQ]].

Here are a few ideas for organizing org-mode files:

- A single file for all your projects and notes.
- One file per project.
- One file per client.
- One file per area of responsibility or type of work (e.g.,
  household, health, work, etc.).
- One file for projects, one for appointments, one for reference
  material, one for someday/maybe items, etc.
- A wiki of hyperlinked files that grows and adapts to meet your
  needs.

For more ideas, see some of the links on the [[file:org-tutorials/index.org][org-tutorial index]] or
[[file:org-gtd-etc.org][this page on org-mode and GTD]].
/For more in-depth discussion, see [[file:topics/how-many-files.org][How many files?]]./

** Why doesn't C-c a call the agenda? Why don't some org keybindings work?
   :PROPERTIES:

M topics/how-many-files.org => topics/how-many-files.org +17 -0
@@ 67,12 67,29 @@ Searching Org files from within Emacs (using tools like Org's built-in agenda co

However, being ultimately plain text files, Org files can also be searched using external, line-based utilities, such as ~grep~, ~ripgrep~, etc.  And since these do not require the files to be open in Emacs, initialization time is not a concern.

*** Configuration

Several Org-mode settings can be configured either globally in your init file or locally (per file or per outline tree).  See the [[https://orgmode.org/manual/index.html#Top][manual]] for more details.  For an example of local customizations see [[../org-faq.org::#limit-agenda-with-category-match][this FAQ]].

** Organization

Organization is largely a personal matter.  Emacs and Org are tools designed to help users develop workflows to meet their needs, whatever they may be.  There's virtually no limit to creativity in this regard.  

A user may find that, for some use cases, one file may serve as a kind of "notebook" to collect all the information and tasks related to a topic.  For others, a hierarchy of various directories and files may be more useful (e.g. Worg).

*** Methodology

Here are some ideas for organizing Org-mode files:

- One file for all your projects and notes.
- One file per project.
- One file per client.
- One file per area of responsibility or type of work (e.g., household, health, work, etc.).
- One file for projects, one for appointments, one for reference material, one for someday/maybe items, etc.
- A wiki of hyperlinked files that grows and adapts to meet your needs.

For more ideas, see some of the links on the [[file:org-tutorials/index.org][org-tutorial index]] or [[file:org-gtd-etc.org][this page on org-mode and GTD]].

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