Failed to find heading

Steps to reproduce

Reproduced in a fresh test vault.

  • Assign “Extract heading” to a hotkey (for example alt+shift+e)
  • In a note with multiple headings, go with the cursor to the first heading, then press the assigned hotkey
  • Press enter to create the note (works just fine)
  • Quickly move to the next heading in the original file
  • Press the hotkey again

Expected result

Should work immediately without having to press the hotkey like a madman until the window pops up :wink:

Actual result

  • An error (“Failed to find heading”) pops up
  • If you try after 1-2seconds pass, it now works


  • Operating system: Windows 10
  • Debug info:
    Obsidian version: v0.15.9
    Installer version: v0.15.9
    Operating system: Windows 10 Pro 10.0.19044
    Login status: logged in
    Catalyst license: insider
    Insider build toggle: off
    Live preview: on
    Legacy editor: off
    Base theme: dark
    Community theme: none
    Snippets enabled: 0
    Restricted mode: on


Additional information

See video

I can’t reproduce this.

That’s interesting. Maybe you weren’t fast enough?

I can reproduce the problem on multiple devices (Win10 desktop and Win11 notebook). You can see the error in the animation above.

I encounter this very often when I have notes with many headings that I want to extract into their own notes each.

How can I help further to tackle this issue?