Command Palette

Video Transcript

If Obsidian could put a big giant button on your keyboard called "Get Out of Jail Free," it would be the command palette. You access that by hitting Command + P, and that allows you to see all the available commands in Obsidian. The interesting thing about this list is that it's dynamic. It's going to have the default set of commands when you first install it, but as you start to put more plugins in, it's going to add them to this list. For instance, earlier I turned on the audio recorder. If I tap audio, you'll see there's the audio recorder start and stop command showing up in this list.

Virtually anything you want to do in Obsidian, if you can't remember how to do it, just hit Command + P, and it gives you a get-out-of-jail-free card. You'll see that at the top here it says "copy Obsidian URL" and it's got this little pin next to it. That's because I have pinned this one because it's one of my favorites, and I always want to have it really close by, but I also have made a keyboard shortcut, Control + K, for that.

Now, let me show you how I did that. I'm going to open the settings, but instead of using Command + Comma, or going down here and pressing the little gear icon, I'm going to use the Command Palette. So I'm going to hit Command + P, just type settings, and you can see that's the very first option there, Open Settings, and again, it does show me the available shortcut for it. Now I could either click on this or just hit Return with the mouse. That's the easiest way to use it. You just put the arrow key down to the one you want and hit it.

And you can see now I'm in the command palette. I'm actually in the command palette settings, and I have this copy Obsidian URL here saved as a pin command. Let's pick another one. Let's do a PDF one. Let's say I want to make export to PDF a pin command. All I have to do now is go down here and click on this, and it's been added. If I want, I can reorder these. I can also delete them just by hitting the X. And I'm just going to leave it like that.

I'm going to hit Command + P, and you can see Export to PDF and Obsidian are available to me. Then, everything else below that is alphabetical. One of my favorite uses for this is as I add new features to the application with additional plugins, and I'm going to be taking you deep down the rabbit hole of third-party plugins, it's going to add all those commands to this command palette. If I'm learning a new plugin or I just can't remember how to do something with it, I just hit Command + P, that big get-out-of-jail-free card button, and then I just type a few words in related to the plugin and that usually gets me where I need to be.

It's really handy to have this one up your sleeve, and Command + P may be one of the most frequent keyboard shortcuts you ever use in Obsidian.

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