I’m a new Obsidian user and I’ve recently finished importing around 7,000 notes from Evernote in my vault. In my old system, I stored document files ( Excel files, pdf’s, ms word, etc ) as notes, but I don’t want them in Obsidian as I’ve switch to stored them in structured folders outside of my notes.
My present goal is to locate and delete these “document-only” notes from my Obsidian vault in the most efficient way possible.
Based on my search “path:imported/evernote /(.*.pdf)/” , I have about 2000 notes to delete. There are some other document types, but pdf’s are the majority of them.
Example , but redacted, document-only note
File: Verizon Wireless paperless billing 20160607.md --- title: "Verizon Wireless \_paperless billing 20160607" updated: 2016-06-12 20:27:37Z created: 2016-06-08 04:31:57Z author: redacted latitude: redacted longitude: redacted altitude: redacted tags: - account - correspondence - main - verizon --- [2016-06-07_2016_06_07_22_21_53.pdf](2016-06-07_2016_06_07_22_21_53.pdf)
- Reading search criteria Search - Obsidian Help
- Tweaking the search criteria, it’s pretty accurate but some of the notes have additional content.
- Selecting multiple notes in the results pane so that I can delete them in a single action. That doesn’t work. It seems I have to select and delete on each note individually.
- Searching these forums and the Web for a similar problem and solution.
My questions are these
- Is there a way to tighten up my search to return only “document-only” notes?
- Is there a way to delete more than one note from the search results at a time?
- If I delete these notes another from outside of Obsidian, will that have any negative impact my vault? I assume it will have to re-index. I will probably need to use a plugin to remove orphaned attachments as discussed in another thread.