Open different vault in same window?

Can obsidian add a feature that can open different vault in one window?

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Clarifying: do you mean open two different vaults in the same window?

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Yeah.

Thanks! I edited the title slightly to reflect that.

Can I ask what your use case for this may be?

I am a CS student, I want to create two vault for my note, one is for CS note, one is for my personal readings: books, articles etc. So I wonder whether Obsidian will support this feature.

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I have a use case for this as well. I need to keep my work notes locally on my laptop, but I’d like to keep my more general notes in a synced location (e.g. Dropbox). I use both throughout my workday, and it would be convenient to have them both in a single window.

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I have the exact same use case.

How is it different from putting notes in separating folders but under the same vault?

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A post was split to a new topic: “Same Window” and “New Window” options for open vault

I’m not sure if it’s different. This thread is about opening two or more vaults in the same window.

How to do that isn’t really the focus, but a same window/new window choice would be one way.

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I think I am asking for something different because I would want the “Same Window” option to replace the current vault, not add it.

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Yep, that’s different. These folks want multiple vaults per window.

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I have the exact same use case.

I used one vault before for my learning notes and for my work notes. It turned out that I was linking notes like this

[[work/dailylog/august/12]] and [[tech/learning/go/coroutine]]

I now use separate vaults and I can save myself with these long linking tags, but I still need to switch between windows and it’s not a good experience IMO.

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Same use case here. I’m migrating my notes from Sublime to Obsidian and it is much better of course but having multiple windows for different vaults (work, personal, side projects, etc) is not the best UX. I just want one app/window to go for my notes. Having multiple windows is hard to find the right window when "alt-tab"ing.

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This question came up, but no one really answered it:

How is it different from putting notes in separating folders but under the same vault?

What would be the downside - in your current workflow - if you used separate folders instead of separate vaults?


Having multiple windows is hard to find the right window when "alt-tab"ing.

I understand that this is a tangent to “multiple vaults in one window”, but you do have alternative options with this specific problem of finding the right window:

  1. I’m not sure if this feature is in Windows natively, but there is an app called VistaSwitcher which lets you cycle between the open windows of one type. So if you use alt-~ instead of alt-tab, it will only cycle through Obsidian windows. (MacOS has this feature natively. Linux, I’m unaware.)

  2. Obsidian also has the URI scheme that can open specific vaults. And any OS should have ways (or an app) that lets you trigger these URIs with a hotkey or something.

Example, if your Vault is named “Work”, this link will take you right there obsidian://vault/Work/

  1. You can also set a hotkey to the Obsidian command “Open another vault” so you can quickly bring up the vault switching window.
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