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I want to have something like "Dec 15, 2011"

Emacs org-mode only lets me toggle between <11/29/13 Fri> and <2013-11-29 Fri>.

Can anyone suggest a way to do this?

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I don't use org-mode myself, but M-x apropos-variable org.*time turned up a couple of likely suspects. (I tried org.*date first, but that didn't produce anything useful.)

It looks like you want to set org-display-custom-times to t and set org-time-stamp-custom-formats to the way you want them displayed.

The value of org-time-stamp-custom-formats appears to be a cons cell, where the car is the format for a date, and the cdr is the format for a date+time.

So I would try

(setq-default org-display-custom-times t)
(setq org-time-stamp-custom-formats '("<%b %e, %Y>" . "<%b %e, %Y %H:%M>"))
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Thanks for the reply. You suggestion is being rendered as <b 21, %> for 21 November. I think it is not recognizing %b. Any fixes? – shyamupa Dec 5 '13 at 23:16
@shyamupa, apparently, the <> are mandatory, or org-mode doesn't work right. I put them back in, and it seems to work. – cjm Dec 5 '13 at 23:26
Fixed it! Thanks! – shyamupa Dec 5 '13 at 23:29
Further experimentation shows that org-mode seems to overwrite the first & last character of your format with <>. "<%b %e, %Y>", " %b %e, %Y ", and "[%b %e, %Y]" all seem to produce <Dec 11, 2013>. – cjm Dec 5 '13 at 23:30

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