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[REQUEST] Auto populate note ID as a heading in new notes

edited September 23 in The Archive

Simple but confounding question: Some of my notes do not show the unique ID and title in red at the top of the text of the note, why? I thought that was supposed to populate automatically.

I'm just getting started with the archive here and found this odd. I'd prefer to have the ID's there always. Couldn't find an answer with a number of searches and preferences don't seem to have an option for this.


Post edited by ctietze on


  • Hi @christo

    Are you using The Archive? If so, how are you creating a note? If you are using "File....New", you just get a blank note with a date stamp for the file name. Anything else, you add in yourself.

    If you are using one of @Will 's Keyboard Maestro macros, then "Ctl + z" will open up a window into which you can type the title of the zettel. The title will be added to the date stamp in the file name, and both the date stamp and the file name will show up at the beginning of your zettel (as if by magic; format depends on how you've set up the macro).

    You can read about @Will 's Keyboard Masetro macro here:


    I'm not sure if this answers your question. If not, please respond!

  • @christo It's not in fact automatic. The request for this feature is pretty old, I admit -- the technical reason this isn't implemented, yet, is that the upcoming new Markdown editor component of the app was planned as a prerequisite to do such kinds of automatization. Then it took way longer to ship the new editor than we ever expected.

    Author at Zettelkasten.de • https://christiantietze.de/

  • Thanks for your replies! Yes, I am using The Archive. I started with the demo version some months ago and created a few notes. When I created some of those notes, I got, in the note field, a hashtag with the note datestamp, all in red at the top. If I typed a title beside it, that populated next to the datestamp in the sidebar showing all the notes automatically.

    Now for some reason, when I create a new note, the note field is blank, though the datestamp/unique identifier shows in the sidebar.

    So the function used to be there it seems? I purchased The Archive software this week and it's a newer version than the demo I had been using, so maybe that explains it?

    In any case, thanks for the help and for the KM info. Looks useful!

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