When I type C-c C-v to see the list of TODOs, or C-c / m to see headlines with a certain tag, org-mode shows me a sparse tree with the results.

How do I then go back to seeing the tree the way it was before I issued this command? Note that I haven't changed the file in any way, so this isn't your normal "undo", it's about going back to how org-mode was displaying the tree before.

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M-x show-all

You can bind this to a key of your choice, either globally or in the org-mode keymap.

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    This doesn't send you back to the state the tree was before, right? It expands the whole tree? Commented Apr 11, 2011 at 17:56
  • Yes, you are right
    – ADEpt
    Commented Jul 29, 2011 at 22:28

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