New Obsidian Plugins: CSS, File Protection, Colored Tags, Plugin Manager & More

Welcome to another edition of the Obsidian Community Plugin series. Here, we bring you the newest and most useful plugins for the Obsidian.

As the Obsidian community continues to expand, new plugins are constantly being developed, adding to the tool’s already impressive functionality.

In this article, we will be highlighting some of the latest and most noteworthy plugins added to Obsidian. So, let’s jump right in and explore the new & useful Obsdian plugin.

Editor Width Slider

This plugin allows you to adjust the width of the editor. With a simple slider in the status bar, you can tailor the workspace to your preference. It adds flexibility to enhance readability and overall editing experience in Obsidian. 

Auto FrontMatter

Whenever you create or modify a note, this plugin springs into action, adding essential details such as title, ID, creation time, and the last updated time. This ensures consistency and accuracy in your metadata without any manual work.


Badges allow you to create custom inline callouts to your notes.

For example:`[!!emergency: emergency]`
`[!!prohibit: prohibit]`

`[!!reward: reward]`
`[!!vault: vault]`

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Hide Folders

As the name says, this plugin helps to hide folders in your vault. Whether it’s to reduce distractions or simply maintain a neater interface, you can easily toggle the visibility of selected folders on or off.

This feature proves particularly useful for seldom-accessed folders, such as the attachments folder. This makes sure that only the most relevant content remains in your immediate view.

Style text

You no longer need to create new CSS files for each style in your vault. With this plugin, you can create and store as many custom styles as you want. And you can apply those CSS styles to any selected text via the command palette.

You can also assign a hotkey for efficiency. 

Simply highlight your desired text, tap your assigned hotkey, and watch your notes transform with custom styles.

Highlighting text with custom text CSS

Notes dater

While the Auto FrontMatter plugin focuses on embedding metadata within the content, the Notes Dater offers a more immediate and visible solution. 

This plugin provides a real-time display of a note’s creation and last updated times directly in the status bar. No more diving into the frontmatter or documents properties. 

With Notes Dater, you can glance at the bottom of your workspace and instantly get a clear snapshot of your note’s timeline.

Password protection

If you live with friends or other people around who have access to your device, this is a gem. With this plugin, you can protect your private notes with a password. 

Whether you wish to shield your entire vault by locking down the root folder or only intend to protect specific notes and folders, this plugin offers both flexibility and peace of mind.

A word of caution: while this provides a layer of protection within Obsidian, anyone with access to the device can still open the markdown files using system explorer. 

Edit History

The Edit History plugin elevates Obsidian’s note revision capabilities. While it draws parallels with the core plugin for file recovery, Edit History has some perks.

Most notably, the history files are stored separately, granting users the flexibility to externally access them. This independence ensures that your primary notes remain uncluttered while still retaining a comprehensive trail of edits. 

Additional features are: users can cap the size of the history file, or choose to maintain histories for only specific file extensions. It’s a powerful tool for those looking to deeply monitor and manage their note evolution. 

And sometimes accidents can happen. We erase stuff we shouldn’t(at least I’ve done that couple of times). Also in that case, it’s useful. 

Google Bard Assistant

This plugin lets you embrace the power of Google’s AI assistant, Bard. Bard, as a free AI assistant, offers a different user experience compared to ChatGPT. While both tools are powerful in their own right, they have distinct strengths and weaknesses.

By embedding Bard within Obsidian, you have a cost-free alternative to generate content, seek information, and enhance your note-taking process.

CSS Editor

This one is for customization enthusiasts. This plugin eradicates the need to juggle between multiple tools and windows to tweak the appearance of your vault.

Now you can seamlessly create, modify, and delete CSS snippets within Obsidian. Whether you are fine-tuning the details or experimenting with entirely new themes, the CSS editor streamlines the process.

Code styler

With this plugin, you can elevate the visual appeal of code elements within Obsidian. This plugin refines code blocks in both editing and reading view. It also provides an option to exclude specific code blocks from styling like dataview and tasks code blocks. 

This ensures that you maintain a distinction between different code blocks.

Quick Plugin Switcher

This feature-rich plugin offers an intuitive interface to manage and modify Obsidian plugins. With a simple command, you can activate or deactivate plugins on-the-fly.

Further, its grouping functionality allows users to categorize related plugins together for cohesive management. 

Another useful feature is the ability to delay the initiation of specific plugins, optimizing Obsidian’s startup speed.

Colored Tags

This plugin automatically assigns distinct colors to the tags within your notes. With this, you have visually appealing and easily distinguishable tags. Additionally, the plugin thoughtfully ensures that nested tags inherit the color of their parent tags, maintaining a sense of hierarchy and coherence. 

Also, you aren’t just limited to default colors. You have the option to change the color palette.

Simple Canvassearch

By default, you can’t search anything inside Canvas. With simple canvassearch, you can. 

This plugin employs fuzzy search in order to shift focus to the specific areas or elements you are searching in Canvas. But it’s worth noting that the effectiveness of this plugin might diminish with excessively large canvases. 


This plugin is handy for those instances where you’ve accumulated a collection of untagged notes and wish to categorize them without going through each one individually. 

TagMany makes batch tagging quick and consistent within a folder. 

Better Search Views

This is an upgrade to Obsidian’s default search view. This plugin enhances the native search, backlinks view, embedded backlinks, and embedded queries by integrating an outliner structure. 

The result is a more organized, clear, and intuitive display of search results and backlink references. 

It’s designed for those who desire a more structured and outlined view, making navigation through search results and related notes a much more fluid process.


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