Disable Tabs Altogether


Alt-Enter is the default hotkey for open link under cursor in this tab (it’s customizable)

came here to say I also really do not like tabs. probably nice on paper but i find myself everyday having opened dozens of tabs , slowing obisidian down and just having to close them all again.

really annoying.

Please make this optional. This one thing is breaking obsidians utility for me honestly. And that makes me really really sad.


Or maybe please add an option to just allow a max number of tabs. I could live with the number 3. That might actually be useful.


Yes but …
One of the great things about obsidian was the ability to quickly go back and forward between ‘thoughts’. Now if I create a new note it opens a new tab: suddenly I have two tabs open, then three, four etc. And I can only go back within that tab. But which was the tab I was working on when I was thinking about (say) ‘trends’? Was that tab 1 or 2 or 3 …
Now I have to scroll through tabs and then back and forward. What was simple became exponentially complex.
Please give option to disable tabs


Thanks for explaining this well!


We may add a built in command to create a note in the current tab in the future.

Follow this FR:

With the highest respect. This won’t solve the issue at all.

I want obsidian back. Where I can focus on one note. GO back and forward through my recently open notes , where i can use the quickswitcher to quickly get back to and see recent notes. I truly consider obsidian broken as it is right now. It feels like the beginning of the end for the once greatest note taking tool ever. And I have used literally hundreds of tools over 30+ years. And they all did similar bollocks before they started dying.

I know I am exagerating but it is really is nearly THAT bad.

I want focus back not another browser with hundreds of tabs open. These are a dime dozen…


You still can do those things. It would be better if you are specific about some workflow that now is impossible, like having the new note in current tab.

I cannot do these things, otherwise I’d not be here to complain. And it takes a lot for me to take the time to complain here, believe me :wink:

When using the quick switcher to select a note it ALWAYS OPENS A NEW TAB.
What is needed is an option to just use ONE SINGULAR TAB all the time if one wants to.
that’s all.

AnthonyH above explained it well.


That doesn’t happen to me. Try the sandbox vault.

Hereby I apologise for being such a stupid a*****e.
After sandboxing I found that the default behaviour is indeed that it opens in a selected note in the same tab.

After some searching and fiddling I found out that for some reason the quickswitcher++ behaviour was set to always open a new tab.
Which is weird since I can’t remember ever setting this up at all.

My sincere apology and bravo for your patience!

I’m sorry.

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ok. it seems given @cocoonkid response below that ‘sandbox vault’ may be the solution I am looking for. Because like him every time I create a new note it opens a new tab. This must be set up in default somewhere.
However, I’m a writer, not a tech guy. What the heck is ‘sandbox vault’ and how do I try it?
(And why does Obsidian presume new note=new tab anyway?)

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Basically create a new fresh vault and add half a dozen test notes and try if the unwanted behaviour exists in this virgin state when no default settings are changed or 3rd party plugins have been installed.

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No, I already replied to you.

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I 100% agree. I will say that I genuinely hate tabs, and it has ruined Obsidian. I need this out of my face now. I use Obsidian for many things:

  1. Hacking notes (I’m a pentester)
  2. Writing (blogs, articles, and notes for my novel)
  3. Personal notes (To do, shopping lists, etc)
  4. Research notes
  5. Different vaults (for work, personal, etc)

It has changed my workflow and ability to be creative significantly since I prefer to type in markdown. But the tabs is killing my flow.


While i understand that not everyone likes tabs - i dont really get what this whole “fix it” is about. You can set Obsidian in a way that it opens new notes always in the current tab (i think thats even the default behaviour) - so there is actually no new tab created. Using panes is still the same like ever.

What exactly is the workflow you miss and that you are not able to recreate right now? Just telling “fix it, i hate tabs” isnt helping anyone in providing answers.

I’m replying, because I don’t know if anyone explicitly said this: The “Sandbox Vault” is a built in help vault that resets itself automatically. It’s for testing. It is not for writing notes inside.

Don’t attempt to store notes in the Sandbox Vault. But hopefully you already figured that out.

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Thank you

Dear all,
I may add that Abhuva is not entirely correct in stating that there is no need for a fix. My usecase may provide an illustrative example.
I use Obsidian to keep a daily log. I use the templater plugin for different notes during a day and the breadcrump plugin for keyboard navigation. Taken together, both ensure a very smooth workflow. Templater functions provide the opportunity to create a user prompt to adequately name and tag a file - something very important in the rush of the moment. Breadcrump provides navigation through key arrows allowing to easily switch back to my daily top note (where each separate note is automatically linked) or other notes of the day. My worflow, hence, allows me to create different notes for events, properly named and tagged every time as well as navigating forth and back while never taking my hands off my keyboard.
The introduction of tabs has broken the entire workflow. I can either choose to create new notes (strg+n) which opens a new tab and executes templater functions but then navigation won’t work (due to the new tab opening) or I can circumvent the new tab (for example by using the quick switcher). In this case navigation will work but the process won’t trigger the templater functions.
One may want to argue that this might be a plugin-thing. However, as I understand obsidian, one of its major advantages is its versatility, allowing for different workflows for different minds. Introducing tabs, simply excludes the possibility for certain workflows (as described above). Therefore, introducing a “disable tabs option” seems to be an adequate way to ensure opennes.

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Strange issue.
I disliked Tabs because they opened a new one everytime i clicked a note.
This went on for some time (no option in settings to change that). Then, i opened in Sandbox mode, and closed that. When i went back to my normal vault, the notes were using the same Tab as desired. I have little to no problem with Tabs with that behavior of resusing the Tab until i tell it now to. I do not know what, or why, that changed just from opening in Sandbox mode, but i am glad it did.

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