This adds a feature similar to the org-fontify-done-headline, but
instead for the TODO headlines.

This is enabled with the boolean customization org-fontify-todo-headline
and can be themed via the face org-headline-todo.

I was missing this when I wanted to distinguish more clearly between the
TODO headlines and the other headlines (more so than the highlighted
TODO keyword(s)).

Hope someone else finds this useful.

Best regards,
Terje Larsen

>From 57dd1fca737794f4c20d439d1fbf288511b1e44f Mon Sep 17 00:00:00 2001
From: Terje Larsen <>
Date: Sun, 1 Dec 2019 20:20:55 +0100
Subject: [PATCH] org: Add customization to fontify TODO headlines

* lisp/org (org-fontify-todo-headline): Add new boolean customization to
  toggle this behavior.
* lisp/org (org-set-font-lock-defaults): Apply face org-headline-todo to
  lines starting with keywords in org-not-done-keywords.
* lisp/org-faces (org-headline-todo): Add new face to customize look of
  todo headlines.
 etc/ORG-NEWS      |  5 +++++
 lisp/org-faces.el |  9 +++++++++
 lisp/org.el       | 18 ++++++++++++++++++
 3 files changed, 32 insertions(+)

diff --git a/etc/ORG-NEWS b/etc/ORG-NEWS
index 689a07871..872cebf76 100644
--- a/etc/ORG-NEWS
+++ b/etc/ORG-NEWS
@@ -20,6 +20,11 @@ work also for this level.  In other words; defining things in a
 property drawer before the first headline will make them "inheritable"
 for all headlines.
+*** Fontify whole TODO headlines
+This feature is the same as =org-fontify-done-headline=, but for TODO
+headlines instead. This allows you to distinguish TODO headlines from
+normal headlines. The face can be customized via =org-headline-todo=.
 * Version 9.3
 ** Incompatible changes
diff --git a/lisp/org-faces.el b/lisp/org-faces.el
index a97d4dc4a..416f49b52 100644
--- a/lisp/org-faces.el
+++ b/lisp/org-faces.el
@@ -243,6 +243,15 @@ is of course immediately visible, but for example a passed deadline is
 of the frame, for example."
   :group 'org-faces)
+(defface org-headline-todo	  ;Copied from `font-lock-string-face'
+  '((((class color) (min-colors 16) (background light)) (:foreground "Red4"))
+    (((class color) (min-colors 16) (background dark)) (:foreground "Pink2"))
+    (((class color) (min-colors 8)  (background light)) (:bold t)))
+  "Face used to indicate that a headline is marked as TODO.
+This face is only used if `org-fontify-todo-headline' is set.  If applies
+to the part of the headline after the TODO keyword."
+  :group 'org-faces)
 (defface org-headline-done	  ;Copied from `font-lock-string-face'
   '((((class color) (min-colors 16) (background light)) (:foreground "RosyBrown"))
     (((class color) (min-colors 16) (background dark)) (:foreground "LightSalmon"))
diff --git a/lisp/org.el b/lisp/org.el
index 20c263f74..53bc47641 100644
--- a/lisp/org.el
+++ b/lisp/org.el
@@ -3686,6 +3686,15 @@ hide them with `org-toggle-custom-properties-visibility'."
   :version "24.3"
   :type '(repeat (string :tag "Property Name")))
+(defcustom org-fontify-todo-headline nil
+  "Non-nil means change the face of a headline if it is marked as TODO.
+Normally, only the TODO/DONE keyword indicates the state of a headline.
+When this is non-nil, the headline after the keyword is set to the
+`org-headline-todo' as an additional indication."
+  :group 'org-appearance
+  :package-version '(Org . "9.4")
+  :type 'boolean)
 (defcustom org-fontify-done-headline nil
   "Non-nil means change the face of a headline if it is marked DONE.
 Normally, only the TODO/DONE keyword indicates the state of a headline.
@@ -5652,6 +5661,15 @@ needs to be inserted at a specific position in the font-lock sequence.")
 	   (list (format org-heading-keyword-regexp-format
 		 '(2 (org-get-todo-face 2) t))
+	   ;; TODO
+	   (if org-fontify-todo-headline
+	       (list (format org-heading-keyword-regexp-format
+			     (concat
+			      "\\(?:"
+			      (mapconcat 'regexp-quote org-not-done-keywords "\\|")
+			      "\\)"))
+		     '(2 'org-headline-todo t))
+	     nil)
 	   ;; DONE
 	   (if org-fontify-done-headline
 	       (list (format org-heading-keyword-regexp-format

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