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How I setup Obsidian

Last updated: October 18, 2021

This is how I configured Obsidian to make the most of it, and so it feels natural to use. I refer to this page when I forget about a shortcut or a specific syntax. I keep it updated.

Main keyboard shortcuts

  • ⌘ + B to bold
  • ⌘ + I to italic
  • Ctrl + D to Delete Paragraph
  • Alt for multiple cursors, not Cmd which is the norm

Remapped shortcuts

I’ve remapped some shortcuts to match VSCode.

  • ⌘ + P to “Open quick switcher”, remapped from ⌘ + O
  • ⌘ + Shift + P to “Open command palette”, remapped from ⌘ + P.

Editor settings

  • Fold Heading ✅
  • Spell Check ✅

Paste images in same folder as note

By default, when pasting an image into a note from clipboard,the image file goes to the root folder of the vault.

This is the stupidest setting. It gives you lots of meaningless image files named Pasted image 20210516212812 in the root folder. Thankfully, you can change it.

Settings > Files & Links > Default location for new attachments > “Same as folder of current file”


My Theme is Obsidian Nord (under appearance in the settings).


  • Tag pane
  • Outline
  • Sync (Optional). It gives you encrypted cloud storage and syncs between devices.

Obsidian Syntax

Highlight text

You can highlight text in both Roam and Obsidian. In Obsidian, use two equal signs ==like this==.

How to resize images in Obsidian

For image links, use ![AltText|200x200](https://alv.sh/image.png)

For local image files, use ![[image.png|200x200]]

To resize an image but keep its aspect ratio, omit the height ![[image.png|200]]