Insert timestamp via hotkey?

Is there an easy way to have the ability to insert a timestamp via hotkey? I’m using it to keep a log…


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I don’t believe there is, but this would be a great simple plugin to create. All it would need is a format setting. Maybe I’ll look into building one.

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I do this with a text expansion tool called espanso
espanso - Cross-platform Text Expander written in Rust
it’s not the easiest to use, but it’s Free Open Source.
There are definitely easier paid alternatives though

Just to give you an example whenever I write

it’s transforms into the current date


when i write

it gives me this

2021-04-02 14:30

That’s the formats I like but you can change it to whatever you like, it’s just a bit tricky to figure out.

I use espanso on Linux and Mac and I’m sure it works on windows as well


The Natural Language Dates plugin has a current timestamp command you could map to a hot key.


That’s precisely what I was looking for! Thanks!!

Another one I use is for my journal/daily notes. I include the day name, which makes it more human-readable, and reminds me what day that things happened.

jdate = 2021-04-02 Friday

(j for journal)


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