Can I create a desktop shortcut to a specific Obsidian vault?

I use the default application shortcut, but it always takes me to the most recent vault used. I bounce between vaults quite a bit and almost always want a different one on startup, so it’d be nice to just choose the one I want and go straight there.

If not - is there a way to open Obsidian on the “choose vault” screen (rather than defaulting to the most recent vault)?

(I’m a Windows user, if that makes a difference.)

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Have you tried using a short cut with the appropriate uri? See


Ah! Yes, that’s just what I was looking for. Thanks @dknight212 !

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I found this post when checking if this neat trick had been mentioned on these forums yet.

These Shortcuts work on both Windows and Mac. On Mac they are an old undocumented feature, and I explain how to make them here: Mac & Win desktop/file system "deeplinks", "bookmarks", "shortcuts" into Obsidian…


Using the solution from dknight212, I can create some bookmarks in my browser, though I have to click open obsidian each time.

But what I really want is a way to launch a specific vault from the dock on macos. Anyone know how to do that?

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I’m looking for the same thing. I found this article, which I don’t think is a full solution, but maybe is on its way there. I didn’t properly read it yet, but maybe is worth a look: Automating Your Obsidian Workspace | ThoughtAsylum

In any case, I think maybe macros are the way to go. I will definitely look into this when I have more time, but I don’t know when that will be, if I figure it out, I’ll post here :slight_smile:

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