How do I make the file menu show only notes?

Stupid question, I know.

I’d like to have the menu that comes up on the left show ONLY notes instead of every file within every note. I feel like when I first installed Obsidian a few years ago, this was the default view. Am I crazy, here?

Are you referring to Settings > Files & links > Detect all file extensions switch? Try toggling that and see if that speed your issue.

In addition to not displaying the file extensions, a lot of people keep some kind of β€œmeta” folder with other folders inside it to tuck away Obsidian related stuff: Attachments, Templates, Templater-Templates, etc.

└── 00 meta
    β”œβ”€β”€ Attachments
        └── screenshot1.png
        └── screenshot2.png
    β”œβ”€β”€ Templates
    β”œβ”€β”€ Templater-Templates
└── 01 Journal
└── 02 Projects
└── 03 ...
β”œβ”€β”€ Untitled
β”œβ”€β”€ Untitled1

You can set that in Settings > Files & Links (just under the Detect all…), then set a default folder for your attachments.

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No, that’s already switched off for me, and the files still show up in the left bar.

Thanks. What a pain though. Creating the folder and moving all the old attachments over unlinks them with the old notes.

It doesn’t work. The attachments still show up in the left menu.

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