How do I implement the Cornell note style in Obsidian?

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What I’m trying to do

How do I implement the Cornell note style in Obsidian?

Things I have tried

Hey everyone, I recently came across a post on the subreddit r/ObsidianMD discussing an application of a CSS snippet that creates a Cornell note structure. After putting the code into a text document in the specific file ‘obsidian vault snippets’ and activating this code

(Snippet code is below)

In the settings, I still haven’t activated the structure. What am I missing here? Did I leave out a step? Simply activating the snippet in the ‘Appearance’ settings is not enough. I also tried to write some markdown code(right into the note) (markdown code is below), but it doesn’t work since the cues are not arranged aside the explanation; instead, they are segmented underneath each other like normal text. Any help and insights are greatly appreciated.

Snippet code :

code: /**

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**/

/** Place this file in your $VAULT_NAME/.obsidian/snippets/ and enable the snippet in the Appearance Settings **/

:root {

–cue-width: 120px;

–cue-offset: var(–cue-width);

–cue-line: 1px solid lightgrey;

}

.markdown-preview-view.cornell-note .markdown-preview-sizer,

.markdown-source-view.cornell-note .markdown-preview-sizer {

max-width: var(–file-line-width);

margin-left: auto;

margin-right: auto;

margin-inline: auto;

width: 100%;

}

.markdown-preview-view.cornell-note .markdown-preview-sizer > div ,

.markdown-source-view.cornell-note .markdown-preview-sizer > div {

max-width: var(–max-width);

width: var(–line-width);

margin-inline: var(–content-margin)!important;

}

.markdown-preview-view.cornell-note .markdown-preview-sizer > div:has(p, ul, ol, pre),

.markdown-source-view.cornell-note .markdown-preview-sizer > div:has(p, ul, ol, pre) {

border-left: var(–cue-line);

padding-left: 20px;

}

.markdown-preview-view.cornell-note aside:first-line,

.markdown-source-view.cornell-note aside:first-line {

font-weight: 700;

}

.markdown-preview-view.cornell-note aside,

.markdown-source-view.cornell-note aside {

font-style: italic;

font-family: var(–font-text);

font-size: var(–font-adaptive-normal);

font-weight: var(–normal-weight);

line-height: var(–line-height);

padding: 0px 8px 0px 0px;

margin-right: 10px;

position: absolute;

left: calc(var(–content-margin-start) - var(–cue-offset));

max-width: var(–cue-width);

}

.markdown-preview-view.cornell-note div.cues-header,

.markdown-source-view.cornell-note div.cues-header {

/* Keep sync with “h1, .markdown-rendered h1” selector */

position: absolute;

max-width: var(–cue-width);

width: var(–cue-width);

left: calc(var(–content-margin-start) - var(–cue-offset));

top: calc(var(–h1-size) * 1.6);

padding: 0px 8px 0px 0px;

letter-spacing: -0.015em;

line-height: var(–h1-line-height);

color: var(–h1-color);

font-family: var(–h1-font);

font-size: var(–h1-size);

font-style: var(–h1-style);

font-variant: var(–h1-variant);

font-weight: var(–h1-weight);

}

.markdown-preview-view.cornell-note summary,

.markdown-source-view.cornell-note summary {

display: none; }

Markdown code:


cssclass: cornell-note


Cues

Notes

The Cornell Note-taking System is a popular and effective method for organizing and summarizing information during lectures, readings, or any other form of learning.

The Cornell method offers a specific layout for each page of notes. The note is devided into three sections:

  • Cue/Question Column (Left) — is used to write down questions, keywords, or cues related to the content you’re recording in the main notes section.

  • Note-taking Column (Right) — here you write your main notes during the lecture or reading. This section should contain the most critical information, main ideas, supporting details, and explanations.

  • Summary Section (Bottom) — here you write a concise summary of the main points covered in your notes.

  • Start by listening or reading actively, and jot down the main ideas and supporting details in the Note-taking Column.

  • Use abbreviations and bullet points to keep your notes concise and easy to review.

  • In the Cue/Question Column, write down questions or cues that correspond to the material you’re noting in the right column. These questions can be used as study prompts later.

  • If you come across concepts or ideas that you don’t understand fully, make a note of it and try to clarify them later through research or by asking your instructor.

  • After the lecture or reading, review your notes as soon as possible to reinforce the information in your memory.

  • Use the Cue/Question Column to cover the right-hand side of your notes and quiz yourself based on the cues or questions you wrote down.

  • Reflect on the material and try to answer the questions from memory. This active recall helps improve retention.

  • Check your answers and understanding in the Note-taking Column and fill in any gaps or correct any mistakes in your summary section.


Summary

Write a concise summary here

The Cornell Note-taking System is effective because it encourages active engagement during the note-taking process and provides a structured way to review and study the material later. It is widely used by students, professionals, and anyone looking to improve their note-taking and learning )

  1. Download Cornell.css and save it in <yourVault>/.obsidian/snippets/ (Sometimes the .obsidian folder is hidden).
  2. Open settings (ctrl+p) and go to Settings->Appearance then scroll to the bottom to “CSS snippets”.
  3. Toggle on the Cornell CSS.
  4. Restart obsidian.
  5. Create a New note and copy the template.
  6. Preview your file.

Template

---
cssclass: cornell-note
---

<div class="cues-header">Cues</div>

# Notes

The Cornell Note-taking System is a popular and effective method for organizing and summarizing information during lectures, readings, or any other form of learning.

<aside>Note's Layout</aside>

The Cornell method offers a specific layout for each page of notes. The note is devided into three sections: 
- **Cue/Question Column (Left)** — is used to write down questions, keywords, or cues related to the content you're recording in the main notes section.
- **Note-taking Column (Right)** — here you write your main notes during the lecture or reading. This section should contain the most critical information, main ideas, supporting details, and explanations.
- **Summary Section (Bottom)** — here you write a concise summary of the main points covered in your notes.

<aside>Note-taking Process</aside>

* Start by listening or reading actively, and jot down the main ideas and supporting details in the Note-taking Column.
* Use abbreviations and bullet points to keep your notes concise and easy to review.
* In the Cue/Question Column, write down questions or cues that correspond to the material you're noting in the right column. These questions can be used as study prompts later.
* If you come across concepts or ideas that you don't understand fully, make a note of it and try to clarify them later through research or by asking your instructor.

<aside>Review and Study</aside>

* After the lecture or reading, review your notes as soon as possible to reinforce the information in your memory.
* Use the Cue/Question Column to cover the right-hand side of your notes and quiz yourself based on the cues or questions you wrote down.
* Reflect on the material and try to answer the questions from memory. This active recall helps improve retention.
* Check your answers and understanding in the Note-taking Column and fill in any gaps or correct any mistakes in your summary section.

---

# Summary

<summary>Write a concise summary here</summary>
The Cornell Note-taking System is effective because it encourages active engagement during the note-taking process and provides a structured way to review and study the material later. It is widely used by students, professionals, and anyone looking to improve their note-taking and learning efficiency.

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Thank you very much !
Helped me a lot!

Great! remember to choose a post as a solution to guide others in the future.

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Very nice. Is there an implementation of this that works in live preview?

Hi just following this now.
Unable to see the toggle for the snippet although I have downloaded this as a txt. file and this is located in the obsidian vault? As you can see from the final note - it is not the required format? Thank you!



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Hi, save the file as .css not as .txt.
cornell.css (2.1 KB)

I’m attaching you the cornell.css file, copy it to your folder.

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