Obsidian - How To Insert "Current Time" Just Like in Roam Research

Obsidian - How To Insert "Current Time" Just Like in Roam Research

Roam Research Example

In Roam Research and in Logseq, it's possible to insert the current time super fast.

The / command shows a series of options to choose from:

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If you write /time you will have the option to insert the current time

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Now you can start writing and journal throught your time, knowing at what time exactly you wrote something.

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In Obsidian

Obsidian doesn't have the / command. However there's a great way to implement this functionality.

Step 1

Create a folder called templates

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Step 2

Go to Settings > Core plugins

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Step 3

make sure the "Templates" core plugin is turned on

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Step 4

Scroll down until you find the Templates plugin settings (should be a the bottom of all plugins)

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Step 5

Write the name of the folder we created. We called templates

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Step 6

Exit the settings

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Step 7

Go to your templates folder and create a Note inside of it.

Right click (on top of the templates folder) and select New Note

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Step 8

By default this new note will be called Untitled rename it to time

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Step 9

Now inside that note copy paste this text

{{time}}

it should look like this:

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Step 10

Now go to any note where you want to insert the time. This can be your daily notes, or anywhere. For the sake of this demo. I created a new note with cmd/ctrl + n and named it my note

Step 11

From this note I open the command palette with the shortcut cmd/ctrl + p

and then I write insert template

It will auto-complete.

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Pro-tip, you can add a hotkey to save time. More info on how to do this at the end of this blog-post.

Step 12

Write the name of the template we created. Remember? it's called time so write it out, and press Enter.

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Done

that will insert the current time. just like in Roam

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You can now use this in any note, and it will create a timestamp of the current time.

Bonus / Use a Shortcut

You can add a shortcut to Insert Template

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Search for the shortcut we want to create, and click on the button "customize this command"

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press a combination of keys you want to use. In my case I chose ctrl + t

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Now you can access the templates much quicker

Everything Combined

This is how quickly you can use this on daily basis

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FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)

What theme are you using?

This is my theme "Wasp" you can find it in the "Community Themes" in Settings > Community Themes > Browse > "Wasp by Santi Younger" > Click Use

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Do you have a video teaching how to use templates?

Yes, it's on my Obsidian course, check it out. Your support helps me create more tutorials like this for you!

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Learn More About Obsidian

Check out my Obsidian Course

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