Benefit of putting tags, creation date etc. in the frontmatter/file properties

Hello all.

I’m trying to understand what exactly is the advantage of putting tags, creation date etc. in the frontmatter/file properties in the note. Currently, my new note template is:

Created:: {{date}}
Tags::

Should I put these two things in the properties of the notes? And is there an advantage to doing so? Does it give me any additional functionality for other plugins? Or does the double colon (::slight_smile: serve that purpose too?

Thanks for your time and input.

Here are a few differences between using properties vs inline metadata (double colon).

  • properties can be “hidden” or “folded up” in Obsidian’s UI; inline metadata is embedded into the body of the note, and cannot be “hidden”
  • properties can be easily searched via Obsidians advanced search features
  • when typing metadata into properties, you are given suggestions based on the properties already in use around your vault

Here’s a screenshot showing how easily you can advanced search for properties in Obsidian:

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