New Window: Maintain Sidebars (e.g. File Explorer, Search, Outline, etc.)

Use case or problem

Many of Obsidian’s main features & functions are facilitated by the sidebars. By these sidebars not being present in “new windows” I often find that my ability to work in my vault is limited when using multiple windows

Proposed solution

New windows look & function identical to the current “main window”.

Current workaround (optional)

Related feature requests (optional)


This is really driving me nuts. Maybe I’m missing something, but I live and breathe in the sidebar/s. Why are they only present in the first window?

You can have multiple tabs in a new window, but not see the Outline view of any document unless it’s opened in the ‘main’ window? I find it really confusing and hard to use.


I couldn’t agree more! While the “new window” feature is fantastic & extremely valuable, it is severely handicapped by not including the sidebars.

EDIT: I don’t believe you’re missing anything. I too couldn’t find a solution.

If there is concern on maintaining the “main” window as being separate from any “new windows” I think there’s likely a better alternative solution. The first one that comes to mind is to number them somehow, wherever would be easily visible, but also not intrusive. The status bar comes to mind…


+1 on this! I use two screens on my desktop, and it would be fantastic not to have to mouse offscreen to use the sidebars.



Navigating to the main window to access Obsidian search is quite inconvenient.

it would be helpful if Obsidian could:

  • Allow search to be accessed from any window, without having to navigate to the main Obsidian window.
  • Give all windows of Obsidian the same functionality as the main Obsidian window, similar to how pop-out windows work in modern web browsers like Chrome and Firefox.

+1 Search with pop out would be best, alternatively even with the option to add the search sidebar to the separated windows could help a lot.


this would be huge if added. can do it in notion but not in obsidian. wonder if there is a community plugin right now that allows us to use sidebars in new windows for obsidian?


I’m currently proving a work-around, if anyone is interested, please comment.


I’m definitely interested.

interested. Can you share your work-around?

+1 I was about to create post requesting just this. Yes, I like having multiple windows open, and the workflow would be so much nicer if these windows could also host their own side bars (Files, Outline, Backlinks, Search … etc., all of them)

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I’d love to help test.

I made a plugin that can be installed with brat. However it can lead to weird bugs.

Option for pop-out windows to have panes as main window like file explorer and outline - #9 by ibash