obsidian - how to insert "current time" just like in roam research
June 12, 2023
OBSIDIAN - HOW TO INSERT "CURRENT TIME" JUST LIKE IN ROAM RESEARCH
ROAM RESEARCH EXAMPLE
In Roam Research and in Logseq, it's possible to insert the current time super fast.
The / command shows a series of options to choose from:
If you write /time you will have the option to insert the current time
Now you can start writing and journal throught your time, knowing at what time exactly you wrote something.
Obsidian doesn't have the / command. However there's a great way to implement this functionality.
Create a folder called templates
Go to Settings > Core plugins
make sure the "Templates" core plugin is turned on
Scroll down until you find the Templates plugin settings (should be a the bottom of all plugins)
Write the name of the folder we created. We called templates
Exit the settings
Go to your templates folder and create a Note inside of it.
Right click (on top of the templates folder) and select New Note
By default this new note will be called Untitled rename it to time
Now inside that note copy paste this text
it should look like this:
Now go to any note where you want to insert the time. This can be your daily notes, or anywhere. For the sake of this demo. I created a new note with cmd/ctrl + n and named it my note
From this note I open the command palette with the shortcut cmd/ctrl + p
and then I write insert template
It will auto-complete.
Pro-tip, you can add a hotkey to save time. More info on how to do this at the end of this blog-post.
Write the name of the template we created. Remember? it's called time so write it out, and press Enter.
that will insert the current time. just like in Roam
You can now use this in any note, and it will create a timestamp of the current time.
BONUS / USE A SHORTCUT
You can add a shortcut to Insert Template
Search for the shortcut we want to create, and click on the button "customize this command"
press a combination of keys you want to use. In my case I chose ctrl + t
Now you can access the templates much quicker
This is how quickly you can use this on daily basis
FAQ (FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS)
WHAT THEME ARE YOU USING?
This is my theme "Wasp" you can find it in the "Community Themes" in Settings > Community Themes > Browse > "Wasp by Santi Younger" > Click Use
DO YOU HAVE A VIDEO TEACHING HOW TO USE TEMPLATES?
Yes, it's on my Obsidian course, check it out. Your support helps me create more tutorials like this for you!
LEARN MORE ABOUT OBSIDIAN
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