Obsidian Shortcuts That Will Make Note-Taking 10x Easier

Make a frictionless workflow

Prakash Joshi Pax
2 min readAug 15, 2022


Obsidian is a simple, yet powerful tool. It makes note-taking and making connections between different ideas easier. But what if I told you, you can increase your efficiency while taking notes in obsidian?

Yes, that’s possible. The obsidian hotkeys feature helps you save a lot of time by assigning shortcuts to different commands.

There are 100s of hotkeys available in obsidian, but not all of them are of daily use. Some commands are used frequently while others, rarely.

In this article, I will show you the hotkeys that I use in my obsidian vault. I’m on windows, So if you are a Mac user, you will have a different key combination like:

  • ALT=Option
  • CTRL= Command

Most of these hotkeys are customized to fit my need. You can set your own personalized hotkey by going to settings>hotkeys.

Basic Note-taking Shortcuts

  • CTRL+ N= Create a new note
  • CTRL+ SHIFT+N= Create Note in a new pane
  • CTRL+E= Switch reading and live preview mode
  • Open Graph View= CTRL+G
  • ALT+B= Create a new book note(Book search**)
  • CTRL+W= Close Pane
  • CTRL+SHIFT+T= Undo close pane

Basic Formatting

  • CTRL+Z= Undo
  • CTRL+C= Copy selection
  • CTRL+V= Paste
  • CTRL+B= Bold selected text
  • CTRL+I= Italicize selected text
  • CTRL+Q= Toggle blockquote
  • TAB= Indent list
  • ALT+TAB= Outdent list
  • CTRL+Enter= Cycle list/checkbox
  • CTRL+SHIFT+C= Insert Callout

Navigation Shortcuts

  • CTRL+➡️= Toggle right sidebar
  • CTRL+⬅️= Toggle left sidebar
  • ALT+➡️= Navigate forward
  • ALT+⬅️=Navigate backward
  • ALT+H= Open Homepage(Homepage**)



Prakash Joshi Pax

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