Text missing from Notes

This happened yesterday when a huge text from a note went missing. The note looked completely blank. I didn’t understand why and how.

And it happened again today. I created a new note yesterday and added some text. Now I open it and I see that the text is gone. In fact, this happened with 2 notes.

I don’t know what’s happening? Did anything like this happen to anyone?

Are you using third-party plugins? If so, which ones? There have been reports of one causing similar issues, though I can’t recall which.

Are you using the files in your vault anywhere else—another app and/or another device? Are they being synced with anything (cloud services)?

Here is my system details:

I am using Macbook. My Obsidian folder is in my iCloud folder (synced). All files are in that folder/vault only. The files (or notes) are there. But the text in them is gone completely.
The 3rd Party plugin I enabled (last week) are: Reading time and Sliding Panes (Andy Matuschak Mode).

I think Reading Time was the issue, sadly: Content of open files erased when restarting

If you update the plugin I don’t think it’s suffering those issues anymore.

Sorry to hear about the lost work! :broken_heart:


I can confirm that an older version of “reading time” was causing some strange behaviour, but hopefully it doesn’t cause issues any more

@aakarsh try updating it, but if you feel like uninstalling it that’s in:

settings > Third Party Plugins
Scroll down to Installed plugins
and click on the x (next to toggle icon) on the plug in to uninstall it

Toggling it off would still leave the plugin in the vault, which might still cause issues, so uninstalling it might be a better idea if updating it still causes issues

Hope that helps


I am now scared to update the plugin. I uninstalled the plugin. I had imported a book summary and made notes (which I lost). I think I should be glad that overall, the loss is of text in 2 files/notes only and not of all the files/notes in my vault.


Yes Santi. The moment Ryan asked about plugins here, I immediately uninstalled both the plugins. Thanks for the suggestion.


sounds good, I personally would think it’s safe to install andy mode back, but if you feel more comfortable, maybe wait until they are updated and more stable, but andy mode should be fine


Just as a general tip; I you use macOS enable the build in TimeMachine backup of your computer (this saved me on this occasion because I could restore a copy that was a bit older). On a Windows computer you could use the build in Shadow Copy function. Two quick links:

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Fascinating. Thanks a lot for this tip.

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