Set hotkeys for creating unordered lists, ordered lists, and task lists

I quite like some of the features of the Bear editor, especially:

  • Command-L starts a list
  • Command-Shift-L changes the current list element into a numbered list element
  • Commant-T changes the list element into a task element

I think there’s a bunch of other good features that are worth carrying over maybe, but this is the main one for me.

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Renamed the title for clarity.

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Same here. All these are useful because without them I have to enter desired markdown character on each line one by one, which is tiresome. For this reason I also miss shortcut for quotes.

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Exactly, I can’t be bothered ever really to type out the markdown for a task list by hand. Bear has really improved this for me.

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+1 on this request. Mainly list and todo shortcuts.

Previously I used bear for daily notes and inkdrop for topic notes, now have merged into obsidian. For a hack I am using keyboard maestro to map bears shortcuts to adding characters at start of current line, but it isnt the same. In bear I could select several lines and hit cmd-L to turn them all into an outline.

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I think we can all agree on the fact that typing ‘- [ ]’ takes a lot of time and is really tiring.
I journal a lot in Obsidian and I write everything I have to do that day. So every time I have to format a line to the checklist I want to write the whole thing again, I just wanna do something like cmd + t and ‘- [ ]’ gets pasted at my cursor.

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Would it be possible to add the functionality shown in the link?

Basically using something like cmd-ctrl-t to toggle the list type.

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There should be a shortcut to turn a bunch of consecutive lines into either a bulleted list (shortcut A) OR a numbered list (shortcut B) and toggle this on/off with repeated tapping of the respective keyboard shortcut.

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i second this. This would help my workflow a lot.
I enud up scrolling across lines with end/home keys for this nw.

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It would be nice if there was a command to toggle bullets/numbers on and off on the selected lines, rather than needing to add the bullet on each line.

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In some other Markdown editors there are keyboard shortcuts (CMD + L in iA Writer for example) to change lines of text to a list and back again.

That would be handy in Obsidian.

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Also, toggling between an ordered and bulleted list is something that I’m missing. Basically, this just needs the two shortcuts (CTRL+Shift+7/8 in most editors I use).

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Bumping this in August—does anyone have a solution or workaround?

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All your request can be solved by installing Keyboard Meastero! Or Autohotkey. Dont forget to publish your scripts afterwords! :smiling_imp:

I use a program called espanso. It’s basically a text editor. It can also set app-specific keywords. I think you should definitely check it out as it’s free

I’m on a Mac and I use Alfred to expand keyboard shortcuts (or a phrases) too expand anything I type to often, eg todays date, my name, cell number, etc. It’s main purpose is to be a better Spotlight search, but it has so many other features…

ObHelper.zip (540.2 KB)

I have implemented this function with AHK tool, please try it out.

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I have Keyboard Maestro and can make the macro’s easily, but would love for it to be baked into Obsidian as a shortcut. Someone mentioned Command-L for list, which seems simple enough. And the ability to select text and convert it to a list is helpful too.

Can you post your script, please?

Obsidian Checkbox Macros.kmmacros.zip (1.3 KB)

You’ll need to set your hotkey triggers.