Case 1: When I’m viewing a note, I want an easily findable way to open the note’s local graph.
Case 2: When viewing actions I can take related to a note, I want to discover that a local graph is available, even if I didn’t know (or forgot) about it.
Problem: The local graph is currently difficult to find, with multiple posts from people asking how to access it. This also makes novice users less likely to discover the local graph even if they already know about the global graph.
Add one or more UI items to open the local graph from the current note, such as:
- A menu item in the note menu (don’t know what the menu is called–the one that you open from the three dots in the upper right while viewing a note)
- A button in the toolbar for the right-hand sidebar (after backlinks, outgoing links, tags, outline). [This implies that the local graph could also be a panel in the right sidebar by default. You can set this up manually, but other posts & social media show that this is a common use case.]
Either or both solutions could be implemented independently of each other.
I’ve been using Obsidian for 6 months, and until today, I haven’t used the local graph a single time even though it would have been useful. I might have been aware of the local graph when I started, but I forgot about it while there was so much else I needed to learn.
Today, something reminded me of it, but I couldn’t figure out how to open the local graph by browsing the menus and toolbars. I had to search online for the answer.
The local graph increases the usefulness of Obsidian tremendously, and novice to intermediate users would benefit if the option was more visible in the UI, to help them discover it. Current pathways to open the local graph only work if you already know what you’re looking for.
Graphs are arguably a feature of Obsidian’s user interface, and the local is commonly viewed as a side panel. All other major parts of the UI (global graph, palette, switcher, backlinks, outline, note views, etc.) are accessible via toolbars and/or menus. I think users would reasonably expect the local graph to be represented this way as well.
Example of someone asking how to show local graph in sidebar: How to open a local graph view pane on the right sidebar?
Request to show local graph in sidebar by default - I wasn’t able to find this before I had written this post, but I’m going to go ahead and post this request anyway because proposed solution #1 above isn’t mentioned. Easier mobile graph mode access