Editor: Add a toggle to disable automatic merging of changes (non-obsidian sync)

I’ve used the unison sync solution for 4 weeks now and am quite happy with it. It wouldn’t recommend it to a non-techie person due to the extra setup steps but it sure fixed my iCloud sync issues.
My Obsidian sync status has been green ever since


I am experiencing this troublesome issue, while I do NOT have any synchronisation or replication set-up. I am only using Obsidian on my Win10 laptop.

Has anyone experienced the same issue and found a solution or workaround?


Win 10 laptop here as well.
I usually have GitHub Desktop running but that doesn’t meddle with the files (does not save or edit them on its own).
First I was thinking it could be some indexing program (I run a proggy called Everything) but because this issue crops up on my iPad as well (less frequently though), it must be the latest Obsidian version… I don’t know. When you are writing Obsidian is indexing your current note and it might have something to do with retracting one’s words.
It would be worthwhile to check whether it is the Various Complements plugin doing it.

I usually try to be patient and press CNTRL+Z to undo and carry on writing.

No GitHub Desktop, not Everything, not Various Complements plugin

Maybe llinked to one of my plugins interferring – or a more serious flaw in Obsidian

Ctr+Z not always efficient indeed

A pain…

Is it not Auto-Save causing this issue???!

This issue happens far less infrequently since I made vault-wide changes to my YAML frontmatter format.
Actually, since using a frontmatter updater plugin, it is this plugin (or actually the background checks of Obsidian behind it) that seems to cause the message but no text is deleted like before. Thank Goodness.

I’m seeing this issue with Obsidian 1.4.2 on MacOS, syncing with iCloud. It happens frequently, like several times an hour while I’m writing. When the message appears the last few seconds of work are immediately undone. I don’t use YAML frontmatter at all. I never edit documents on two devices at once, so in my mind the ideal merge strategy would be “any changes made in this Obsidian instance in the last minute are golden and should never be altered by something coming in from the disk.”

EDIT: My only community plugins are Dictionary and Novel Word Count. I don’t think Dictionary alters notes, and NWC definitely doesn’t (I know because I made it).

There are several threads/posts where moderators don’t advise using iCloud, even on MacOS (let alone Windows), but there are some setting changes that need to be made (which won’t necessarily make the problems mentioned in this thread go away, alas).

I had the same problem. With the deactivation of the plugin “Update time on edit” the problem went away. I only use Obsidian sync.

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Interesting. And makes sense too.
I disabled that and installed a replacement mentioned above. Will try disabling that.