For my own purposes, it’d be fine to say “ignore PDFs, JPGs, and PNGs.” But I could also see hiding individual files being useful, so maybe that’s a path worth walking, too.
The use case: I keep notes on e.g., projects that also feature lots of other resources. I don’t want to keep separate folders on my file systems for the PDFs for those projects, but I also never want to refer to them in Obsidian. Right now there’s no escape, though. I am continually haunted by Receipt 25303.pdf. Haunted!
I have all of “my data” in one big folder, “Life.”
Under that folder, I have subfolders such as “Music” and “Woodworking” with files (both .md and non-.md) within those folders. (e.g. the “Music” folder has .md file for music theory notes, and also my .mp3s).
I’d like to see the non-.md files in Obsidian’s File Explorer, so I can keep related data “close together” so I have context for the full structure, and so I don’t accidentally delete “empty” folders which are really just folders with non-.md files inside.
This feature would be combined well with “open file in other app” options for those non-.md listings.
Not sure if this is universally helpful, but I’ve taken to using web-links to OneDrive URLs to link to non-MD content. If you’re using it in a consistent folder, using file:// as the markdown link will work as well.
Replace assets and .png with the folder name and extension that you want to exclude.
This is a workaround until such a feature may be integrated in some years.
(Usually you would setup this once. So that’s a workable workaround)
I don’t use assets folders. Instead I rename all assets the same name as the file ending with a number, and put them in the same folder. If I need to move a file outside Obsidian I instantly know which other files to grab.
In Windows explorer I have a batch file that auto hides everything except the md files, and with Explorer set to “hide files” (the left column in the screenshot)I get a nice clean look of my md files, but it’s just a click of a mouse to display all hidden files if I must (the right column)
I would like a similar “hidden items” type checkbox for my Obsidian navigation pane on the left. I need to display the png and jpg etc files when I first save them in my folder so that I can select them and rename them the same as the relevant md file. But once that’s done, they just all get in the way.
Implementing something like this would be great and I think grow to a large software engineer community
Markdown files within a code base that have ReadMe.md in subfolders or projects. I have tried this currently with Obsidian with my Home Lab and personal projects folder but it slows Obsidian way down, almost to unusable levels.
If I could put in a .obignore file just like .gitignore in git, then I could keep everything out that is just extra to the codebase.
The only thing currently available is to ignore a whole folder and that becomes way too cumbersome with multiple projects. This reason alone took me away from using the mobile version as it kept freezing up.
Hopefully this can get some traction!!
Thanks for an awesome platform thus far!
I know this is old, but I just spent several hours browsing the forum because I was too dense to find both of these features in settings. I don’t how long they’ve been there, but they work exactly as expected on v. 0.14.6. Wow…what devs–what a product!