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Working with Tags

Tags are a very useful way of grouping multiple notes so they are easy to find. A tag is essentially a clickable search through your entire Vault for a term. For example, clicking on #tags will bring up a search with all notes that contain that tag. Most people use them for broad categories of things, like a class you might be taking notes in or a type of idea. Some Zettelkasten practitioners like to use them as "entry points" for thinking about connected ideas. But ultimately, they are flexible enough that you can use them in any way you would like.

Tag pane

If you have the Tag pane plugin enabled, you will see a list of all tags that are used across all of your notes, sorted by frequency. Clicking on any of those will activate that search.

This will allow you to search exact matches of a tag. For example, when clicking , as per usual, but if you want to find all instances of maintag with all subtags, you can still use the Search to look for #maintag. This is useful in cases where you have subcategories of things but you also want to be able to easily find all instances of the higher category.

Allowed characters

Spaces are not allowed in tags. So, if you want to have multiple words in a tag, you can use these formats:

  • CamelCase: #TwoWords
  • Underscore: #two_words
  • Dash: #two-words

The only symbols allowed are:

  1. _ (underscore) and - (dash) to separate words;
  2. / (forward slash) for [[Tag pane#Nested tags|nested tags]].

Numbers are allowed in the tag, ==as long as the tag is not purely numeric==. For example, #1984 does not form a valid tag, but #y1984 is valid.

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Last updated on 9/1/2021