39.10.1 Displaying the Diary
Once you have created a diary file, you can use the calendar to view
it. You can also view today's events outside of Calendar mode.
Display all diary entries for the selected date
Display all diary entries for the date you click on.
Display the entire diary file (show-all-diary-entries
Mark all visible dates that have diary entries
Unmark the calendar window (calendar-unmark
Print hard copy of the diary display as it appears.
Display all diary entries for today's date.
Mail yourself email reminders about upcoming diary entries.
Displaying the diary entries with d shows in a separate window
the diary entries for the selected date in the calendar. The mode line
of the new window shows the date of the diary entries and any holidays
that fall on that date. If you specify a numeric argument with d,
it shows all the diary entries for that many successive days. Thus,
2 d displays all the entries for the selected date and for the
Another way to display the diary entries for a date is to click
Mouse-2 on the date, and then choose Diary entries from
the menu that appears. If the variable
, creating the
calendar also lists diary entries for the current date (provided the
current date is visible).
To get a broader view of which days are mentioned in the diary, use
the m command. This displays the dates that have diary entries in
a different face (or places a ‘+’ after these dates, if display
with multiple faces is not available). see diary-entry-marker. The command applies both to the
currently visible months and to other months that subsequently become
visible by scrolling. To turn marking off and erase the current marks,
type u, which also turns off holiday marks (see Holidays).
If the variable mark-diary-entries-in-calendar
, creating or updating the calendar marks diary dates
To see the full diary file, rather than just some of the entries, use
the s command.
Display of selected diary entries uses the selective display feature
to hide entries that don't apply. The diary buffer as you see it is
an illusion, so simply printing the buffer does not print what you see
on your screen. There is a special command to print hard copy of the
diary buffer as it appears; this command is M-x
print-diary-entries. It sends the data directly to the printer. You
can customize it like lpr-region
The command M-x diary displays the diary entries for the current
date, independently of the calendar display, and optionally for the next
few days as well; the variable number-of-diary-entries
how many days to include. see Diary Customizing.
If you put (diary)
in your .emacs file, this
automatically displays a window with the day's diary entries, when you
enter Emacs. The mode line of the displayed window shows the date and
any holidays that fall on that date.
Many users like to receive notice of events in their diary as email.
To send such mail to yourself, use the command M-x
diary-mail-entries. A prefix argument specifies how many days
(starting with today) to check; otherwise, the variable
says how many days.