Is this a major shortcoming of Obsidian? In my case, I had a meeting with John Smith. I created a note titled “My meeting with John Smith” in which are details of the meeting. Now, sometime in the future, if while typing in a some other note, I type “John Smith,” I would like to see a link to my original note ("My meeting with John Smith).
It’s seems so natural to title that first note “My meeting with [[John Smith]]”
So not being able to do this looks to me to be a large “functional gap” in Obsidian. How would I do this?
You can’t put links in the title of a note. That doesn’t make sense, as Obsidian is designed.
Put links in the body of the note.
The reason AlanG said to turn off inline titles, is some people get confused, and think the title is inside the note, like a Header.
You’re straight up trying to put a link in the name of a note in the files pane. That isn’t possible. The only thing I can suggest - and I swear this isn’t meant to sound rude, but you say “stunned” like this is a defect - read the help docs and give it a try to work with Obsidian as it designed, first.
What you’re basically saying you want to do is something similar to this: <a href="http://any.com/My_meeting_with<a href="http://any.com/John Smith">... </a></a>. This doesn’t really make sense.
It’s much wiser to have the note named My meeting with John Smith, and inside of it have the link to John Smith. Or even better have the note title list what the meeting was about, like New house build meeting, or something like that.
You can do this with aliases, pointing to a file called 2023-01-12 at John Smith.
aliases: John Smith, Smithy, John Boy,
This is a link to the alias: [[2023-01-12 at John Smith|John Smith]]
This is a link to the alias: [[2023-01-12 at John Smith|Smithy]]
This is a link to the alias: [[2023-01-12 at John Smith|John Boy]]