Seeing that work is being done on a more efficient pane management UX, in this case dragging a note link over a pane to replace the pane, has inspired me to highlight some other QoL improvements that I think would go a long way towards bringing Obsidian’s multitasking & pane management UX into closer parity with Roam (the benchmark imo).
I want to get to an end state where I can navigate through dozens of panes frictionlessly, including comparing 100 notes to 1 note, or bringing any two notes up to compare, at the speed of thought. This is not currently the case.
For this request, I’d like an option to open a link (when opened normally, not using shift-click) in place of the left-most pane (even if that pane is “pinned”), instead of the currently active pane.
In editor mode, we’d only have to remember:
- cmd-click to open in main left pane
- cmd-shift-click to open in sidebar.
We could open dozens of panes in the right sidebar while keeping our main pane in focus in the left-pane (e.g. for working on an essay while referencing sources in the sidebar). To replace the note that’s currently occupying the left pane, we’d just need to click a link or search for a note in the quick switcher.
Note: in the case that the leftmost pane is effectively a pinned “main page” that we can replace by opening a new note, this should not be affected by actions such as the close all panes hotkey.
Related feature requests (that combined will replicate Roam’s UX)
- Open all links in a targeted pane (Note: I realize in hindsight that my feature request is a subset of this, where I’m looking to target the left-most pane, but I’ll leave mine up for now since I’m looking for a setting that makes this the default behavior and dictated by the keys we’re pressing when we open a pane, rather than a variant of the pin function).
- Activate existing pane for a note rather than opening in active or new pane
- Sliding Panes Support Horizontal Splits