Utilize wasted screen space along right edge

Use case or problem

I want to use valuable screen space.
(e.g. when using Obsidian side-by side with another application on 12 inch HD laptop screen. )

Proposed solution

Just a suggestion how it could look like:

If it is difficult to wrap eventually long header around the icon which unfolds right bar, then the icon can display over the text and disappear when we do not hover cursor nearby.

Current workaround / solution:

Drag backlinks pane/tab to left sidebar. Right sidebar disappears completely when it does not contain any pane/tab.

Seeking further improvement in

Related existing feature:

“Toggle right sidebar”

Keywords: bar, button, fold, hide, layout, ribbon, show, side, slide, unfold, window


At the very least the “folded/collapsed” sidebar doesn’t need to have such a large indicator. It could stand to be thinner.

This may help you.

The California Coast Theme behaves like your proposed solution.

I’m not sold on the theme fully, so I extracted and modified the relevant parts into a CSS snippet.

/* from California Coast theme > main css > Default ribbon sidedock icons section */
/* https://github.com/mgmeyers/obsidian-california-coast-theme/blob/main/src/010-main.css#L2645 */
/* cleaned up from most (potentially too much) things */

.workspace-ribbon.mod-right .workspace-ribbon-collapse-btn {
  display: flex;
  align-items: center;
  justify-content: center;
  position: static;
  height: unset;
  width: unset;
  top: unset;
  line-height: 0;
  padding: 4px 6px;
  margin: 0;
  border: 1px solid transparent;
  border-radius: 3px;
  opacity: 1;
  z-index: 9;

.workspace-ribbon.mod-right {
  opacity: 1;
  height: unset;
  position: absolute;
  width: unset;
  top: 66px;
  z-index: 9;
  right: 0;
  background: transparent;
  border-right: 0;
  margin-right: 12px;

.mod-right:not(.is-collapsed) ~ .workspace-split.mod-right-split {
  margin-right: 0;

.side-dock-ribbon.mod-right {
  border-left: 0;

.is-mobile .side-dock-ribbon.mod-right {
  border-right: 1px solid var(--background-secondary-alt);
  padding: calc(env(safe-area-inset-top) + 4px) 0
    calc(env(safe-area-inset-bottom) + 4px) env(safe-area-inset-left);

/* default, collapse and hover colors */

.workspace-ribbon.mod-right .workspace-ribbon-collapse-btn {
  color: var(--text-muted);
  background-color: var(--background-secondary);
.workspace-ribbon.mod-right .workspace-ribbon-collapse-btn:hover {
  background: var(--background-secondary-alt);
.workspace-ribbon.mod-right:not(.is-collapsed) .workspace-ribbon-collapse-btn {
  background: var(--background-secondary-alt);
  .workspace-ribbon-collapse-btn:hover {
  background: var(--background-secondary);
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I do not see where this made any difference to the CA theme. What was the expected result?

It wasn’t supposed to. It’s a small extract from the theme that does the thing in the request for people (like me) who don’t want the whole theme.

Also, I updated the snippet with modifications I made since.

I see that now.