Since tag support is already a core feature of Obsidian, I would argue this feature request is best implemented as a core feature. As @WahWah said, this is pretty standard in apps that support tagging.
As to the specific UI implementation, @malecjan mentions several good options. As with other file management actions, I think it makes sense to let the user do it in several different ways. Using the File Explorer and Search Results seem to be the most compatible with Obsidian’s current UX.
First, multi-select of files in File Explorer, then
→ right-click menu “Add tag to selected files”
→ command palette “Add tag to selected files”
→ drag selected files to the tag in the tag pane OR drag the tag from tag pane to the selected files
First, perform a search query that give results, then
→ click a new # button (next to the ‘copy search results’ button) to assign a tag to all notes in the search results
I’m all about this feature. I’d just like to add that there also needs to be a way to REMOVE a tag. So if there is a context menu or command palette item for “Add a tag to selected files”, there should also be one for “Remove a tag from selected files”.
Thank you but I’m not talking about editing or removing a tag at the global level. I meant removing a tag from, say, 5 selected files out of 100 that have that tag. Really just the inverse of adding a tag to multiple selected files.
I agree that it would be helpful if we could tag multiple notes at once. I usually add my tags when I create a note but sometimes I think of a new tag that I want to add afterwards. In these cases, it would help if I could select multiple notes at the same time and apply that specific tag to all of them.
I’m pretty new to obsidian and the forum. Is this just a place to complain or do the devs ever read these, take these suggestions seriously, or chime in? 1.5 yrs after the op and still nothing. The lack of basic features like this really makes me hesitate on going all in with this app. It doesn’t seem like the workarounds will be very usable on “mobile” and I do most of my note taking on my iPad.
@smellythief I think a year and a half kind of flies by if you look at all that was accomplished during that time. But, I do understand where you are coming from with this specific need. Having watched the forum closely, I will say that there are so many feature requests that have received a lot more interest. And many of them have been implemented either as core features or high quality plugins or workarounds. Personally, I feel that the forum is an awesome place to see features debated then formulated at the right time and in the right way. I definitely can’t complain about how the software operates and its trajectory. I say just stay positive and it will all be worth it before long, if not sooner.
And, who knows, maybe now that functionality on multiple selected files in the explorer is a thing, that could be a bridge towards adding tags to multiple notes at once. On the other hand I can imagine multiple other ways that might be much better.