Characters not allowed in the file name (note title)

Steps to reproduce

  1. Create new note
  2. Start typing title using : as first character

Expected result

The : should be visible. An error message should be displayed after user tries to change focus to something else than the note title input dialog (by pressing tab key for example).

Actual result

Obsidian shows the error message instantly and does not render : character.


  • Operating system: MacOS 10.15.4
  • Obsidian version: 0.7.3
  • Using custom CSS: No.

Additional information

I’m using a system-wide shorthand that swaps :dt: to current date, 200615. I have no intention of trying to put actual : in the filename :). Currently Obsidian works inconsistently - throws an error in the note title UI, doesn’t render colons there, however if I ignore the errors and proceed with the actual four keystrokes, the note title eventually shows the date string. (In case of this being relevant, the system-wide shorthand comes from Alfred app, workflows.)

Yeah, I see what your problem is. I am not sure I would consider this a bug. It’s more a conflict of behaviours.