Open link in new pane in edit mode?

Is there any way to open a link in a new pane (tab) in Edit mode?

I have tried to search and it seems like there was a feature request for something like this a good while ago. But could not find any follow-up.

It would be extremely useful. I do some of my writing in Obsidian now, and often have links in my draft for sources, things to work on, etc. But when I click on them (Cmd+click) while writing, then I lose the actual writing pane and have to navigate back.

1 Like

I believe CMD or Control click will open a file in a new pane for you. You can set open in Edit mode in preferences, and it should be default.

Maybe I was ambiguous – I want to open a link in a new pane when I’m in edit mode already.
So, I’m editing text A, which has a link to B – and I want B to open in a new tab (whether in edit or preview, I can indeed set in preferences).

Cmd+click opens a link in a new tab if you’re in preview mode. In edit mode, that just opens the link in the current window (without Cmd you edit the link).

That would be Cmd+Shift+click.


Ah indeed! Many thanks!!!

(And I thought I tried all these combinations, but apparently not.)

Is there a way to change the CMD+SHIFT+ENTER hotkey to CMD+ENTER to open a link in edit mode in a new pane? It seems silly that there are two different hotkeys depending on the mode you’re in. I may be the only one, but opening in a new pane is my default. It would be nice if something simple like CMD+ENTER had the same function whether you’re selecting a note from the side panel, opening a link in edit, or opening a link in preview.

Also, it would be nice to not open more than a single instance of a note. If I have a note already open, it would be nice to switch to that pane, but not re-open the same pane.

Anyways, just some petty gripes. Overall I love the Obsidian experience and am excited to see how it grows and develops to something even better. Thanks for everyone’s hard work. You all are the real MVPs.


+1, I actually have cmd+shift+enter already mapped due to some Bear-era conditioning. Would be great to be able to change it