Default template for new note (cltr-n, click to non-existing note)

I created this request to consolidate a few FRs about new note creation.

It would be nice when a new note is created to automatically have it populated from a template.

A new note is created when:

  • You click the new note button
  • You use the shortcut ctrl-n
  • You use the command palette shortcut
  • You click on a non existent wiklink.

Current workaround (optional)

Two steps:

  1. Create the note
  2. Select and insert a template

+1 for this feature/plugin.

+1 on this

Another +1 on being able to specify a default template for all new notes

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For me, I have too many different templates to want to pick one to always be used, so I wonder if instead a new note could display something like the “No file” view that appears when no file is open, followed by a list of clickable template actions.

(Ideally, this would be something plugins could hook into, so that you aren’t locked into one specific templating implementation. That is, supply an event for fetching template actions, so that plugins could respond to the event by passing a list of names and callbacks, or something of that sort.)

(See also my notes on an idea for a Stationery plugin.)


+1 for implementing a feature in Obsidian in which you can set a default template when a new note is created in any of the possible ways.

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related (identical request basically) => Templates for New Notes

+1 would be very handy


With so many plugins, is it possible to automaticaly add pre-defined YAML header when I create new (empy) file? I know I can set shortcut to paste the template, but the problem is many times I just forget to do it. Thank you for letting me know about some workarounds!


currently, adding new notes with a template is possible through workarounds as long as you don’t create the note by clicking on a link to it while it still doesn’t exist.
I am writing a recipe. One ingredient is [[pasta]]. There is no file called “pasta”. Currently, it’s not possible to have a template-filled file created, when I then click on [[pasta]].

my workaround to not forget my template YAML header is the following:

  1. I installed the Zettelkasten plugin
  2. I created a template with my YAML header
  3. I assigned that template as my Zettelkasten template
  4. I reassigned the “new note” hotkey to “create new zettelkasten note”

Hence, I don’t create default new notes, but I am actually using the Zettelkasten plugin and just repurposed it. Hope that helps.

(EDIT: I accidentally wrote filet instead of file in my example. I am hungry, apparently.)


+1 on this!

Use case or problem

All my .md files have a yaml header now that I am inserting from a template.
I’d like that to happen automatically.

Proposed solution

Allow me to set one template to be used as the template for all new files - it’s always inserted by default.

Current workaround (optional)

Open the template insertion window, find my template, select it. (then edit it.)


Just wanted to :+1: this feature request, was pointed here after a nice chat interaction with @EleanorKonik


+1 It would help many of us to automatically assign a tag “Fleeting Note” to newly created notes.

I think this would also be a great feature!

I’m not sure why this old post about it:

was closed and archived on April 29? It seems like this is not yet a feature. That thread also had some ideas about default templates per folder, etc.

This plugin GitHub - Vinzent03/obsidian-hotkeys-for-templates can act as a pretty solid workaround; set a template per folder, and whenever you hit “new” (default location, or from the file explorer, or via the command palette). For the way I work (single level of folders for different types of notes, all incoming “thinking” notes start in a seedbox) it’s really solid. One bonus of the approach is that I can now open the command palette and type “new def” and I get a command to create a new Definition note in the definition folder with that template applied.

tl;dr Have a look at GitHub - Vinzent03/obsidian-hotkeys-for-templates :slight_smile:

Note: one thing it doesn’t do is apply the template when creating the note from a link in another note. I’ve raised on issue on the Github repo noting this for the developer.

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Old post, but just wanna add on to this: Set a default template for each note per selected folders.

Say, if I want to create a new note under the “School” folder, the template “Class Notes” would be automatically applied. Or if I create a new note under “Books” folder, the “books” template would be applied.

Like how the Daily Notes and Zettelkasten work, but per folder

Just want to let you know guys that community plugin “Hotkeys for templates” by Vinzent03 has the feature to set default templates for new notes, configurable per folder.

I’d still like to see this added in as a core feature as the plugin Hotkeys for templates don’t work on mobile.

I don’t know when you tried it, but it works for me on mobile now.