Cannot change property type

Steps to reproduce

  • Click on Property icon > Property Type > change to any other type > cannot change

Did you follow the troubleshooting guide? Yes

Expected result

  • Property Type can be changed

Actual result

  • Property Type cannot be changed


Obsidian version: v1.4.2
Installer version: v1.3.5
Operating system: Darwin Kernel Version 22.6.0: Wed Jul 5 22:21:56 PDT 2023; root:xnu-8796.141.3~6/RELEASE_X86_64 22.6.0
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Custom theme and snippets: for cosmetic issues, please first try updating your theme and disabling your snippets. If still not fixed, please try to make the issue happen in the Sandbox Vault or disable community theme and snippets.
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Additional information

Only new Property can change type. The old ones cannot be changed.

Have you tried to reproduce this with the community plugins turned off and/or in a sandbox vault? I can change property types for my existing properties without issues.

Yes, I turned off all Community Plugins and used the default theme. The Property Type cannot be changed.


Just did a little test in a new vault with a note with capo being defined as number.

Obligatory types.json output:

  "types": {
    "aliases": "multitext",
    "cssclasses": "multitext",
    "tags": "tags",
    "capo": "number"

I added 5 as the value.

Then clicking on the icon for the property type, I switched to text. That worked with the caveat that I now have a warning symbol at the end of the property stating, when hovering over it, Type mismatch, expected Text. Which makes sense to me, since Obsidian is seemingly not in the habit to mess with the frontmatter unless I do the action myself.

So it has:

capo: 5

and not

capo: "5"

in the note itself. If I do the reverse, text property with 5 set and convert to number, I get similar behaviour with the warning symbol, however, I would have expected the accompanying text to read differently. Right now it states Type mismatch, expected Text, but I would have expected it to read Type mismatch, expected Number instead.

In both cases, clicking the warning symbol prompted me to convert the data value assigned to the property and save the note.

I wonder if you have some data value for capo in a note somewhere that just completely blocks Obsidian to even try this? You might try a grep -R capo: on your vault location and see if any of those might be “weird”.

I think I know what’s happening. When I first tried out Property I named properties in capital (e.g. Instrument, Capo, …), then I change manually in the note to lower case (e.g. instrument, capo, …) It must somehow mess it up that I cannot change type. When I try changing types from other note, it works just fine.

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Thank you for pointing this out. I had exactly this problem.
To fix this, I deleted line with the old spelling of my property “Status” from the .obisdian/types.json.
Now I can finally change the Property type of my type “status” from “multitext” to “text” inside the obsidian GUI to make it work for Board View of Project Plugin. :grinning: