Excising cards

Is it possible to have an “excise” feature like TiddlyWiki? This would allow us to select some part of a card’s text and “excise” it into a new card, while replacing that text with a link to the new card. It’s more seamless than a “copy->paste->title->link” 4-step process; there would be only two steps, “select->title card”. I think it would also work well with the emphasis on small cards: if your card is getting too large, it’ll be easy to excise some sub-part and move it to a child card.

What do y’all think? Thanks!!

Hi @joplin6167,

Thanks for your feature request, this is a great idea! We’ve been playing around with something similar, also to introduce the inverse concept as ‘a split / absorb’ dialog:

  • Split: this is pretty much what you’ve mentioned, where you can select some text within a card and make it a child card, replacing the original text with a link
  • Absorb: select a part / a whole card to be absorbed into the bottom of another card – say you quickly wrote down the name of a restaurant as an ‘Untitled’ card while you were on the move – you can then quickly add this to the ‘Restaurants’ card once you are back home.

Hopefully we will get this out soon for you, I’ve marked this topic as “In Development”


I would like to have the ability to select some text inside of my currently edited card and hit something like Ctrl+N to have the selected text cut from that card (which is finished by that action i.e. Ctrl+Enter) and end up in a new child card in edit mode with my selected text as content.

I imagine refactoring one dumped train of thought into more precise ideas will become more natural by that ability.

What do you think?

Okay, I just found Excising cards and I am very happy!

Hi @Silvan, hopefully we can get something out soon for you. I’ve just moved your topic to be part of Excising Cards so everything is in one place :slight_smile:

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