TL;DR: Add an “Outgoing links” section to the ‘backlinks pane’ — listing all the outgoing links from the current note in a sortable list. (Or a new dedicated pane for this feature.)
Use case or problem
Like many Obsidian users, I am just as interested in seeing/editing note relationships (i.e. links) as I am in seeing/editing note content. I want to be able to see at a glance how the note I’m currently editing connects to the wider note network.
- I free write a 3-page note, working through ideas for a writing project I’m working on.
- I create
[[wikilinks]]for key ideas as I write. Some already exist as notes, some are new.
- When I’m finished, I want to see a summary of the note’s new and related ideas as a list of outgoing links. This list suggests possible next steps for me: contribute new thoughts to existing notes or harvest content for brand new notes.
- I click the one that I feel the most energy to work on and get to work.
Add a forward/outgoing link list to the current ‘backlinks pane’. Here’s a mockup.
imagine something that would look like the search results for “all pages linked from the page I’m working on.”
Local Graph provides one view into the active note’s outgoing links. But a list view would have UX advantages: it’s sortable, shows context, and is much easier to read than the Local Graph when there are many links.
(This feature might seem redundant to people whose notes tend to be short — the outgoing links are shown in the text after all — but it would be a very useful to people like me who write long-form notes that include many links.)
Related feature requests
Closely related and complementary to @lucasd’s request to show “outgoing unlinked mentions” in the link pane — that is, suggestions for links you might want to add to the current note because you’re mentioning topics written about elsewhere:
It would be extra useful for the outgoing link list to visually distinguish between existing and non-existing notes, with color or otherwise (like the graph view does):