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Special Notes

Dendron has built-in support for a variety of special note formats. These notes can be created using regular lookup - these commands provide convenient shortcuts for frequently used notes.

Daily Journal

One of the most common ways of note taking is the daily journal.

You can create a daily journal by typing > Dendron: Create Daily Journal Note in the Command Palette. You'll also see the corresponding keyboard shortcut for your operating system when you use this command.

By default, it will create the journal under daily.{date} though this is configurable by setting the dendron.dailyJournalDomain.

Journal Note

A journal note is a self contained note that is meant to track something over time. Examples of journals include recording workout sessions, making meeting notes, and keeping a mood journal.

To create a journal note, trigger a lookup and then click on the calendar icon.

By default, Dendron will create the journal note with the following hierarchy {domain}.journal.{y.MM.dd}. {domain} is the domain of the current active note when you execute New Journal Note.

A reference for date formatting tokens can be found here

Scratch Note

A scratch note is a self contained note that is meant to be used as scratchpad. Use it for thoughts or when you want to expand on a bullet point. Scratch notes are created in the scratch domain and have the following format: scratch.{y.MM.dd.HHmmss}.


All special notes support the following configuration options

  • NodeType has the value of Journal or Scratch


Determines the node name.


  • Journal: journal
  • Scratch: scratch


Determines the date format.


  • Journal: Y-MM-DD
  • Scratch: Y-MM-DD-HHmmss


Determines how note is added in relation to current hierarchy. Say you have the following schema:

    - id: pro
      parent: root
      namespace: true

Possible values:

  • childOfDomain
    • note is added as child of the domain of the current hierarchy
    • eg:
      • current open note:
      • path of new journal note:
  • childOfDomainNamespace
    • note is added as child of the namespace of the current domain if it has a namespace. otherwise behaves the same as childOfDomain
    • eg:
      • current open note:
      • path of new journal note:
  • childOfCurrent
    • note is added as a child of the current open note
      • current open note:
      • path of new journal note:
  • asOwnDomain
    • note is created under the domain specified by the dendron.default{NodeType}Name config value
    • eg:
      • current open note:
      • config: dendron.defaultJournalNoteName: "journal"
      • path of new journal note:


  • Journal: childOfDomain
  • Scratch: asOwnDomain