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10 ways to speed up your Roam Research workflow

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Anne-Laure Le Cunff
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Productivity Shortcuts for Roam

  1. Add Roam as a shortcut to your dock or taskbar.
    1. It only takes a few seconds to add a shortcut to Roam to your dock (on MacOS) or your taskbar (on Windows), and it will make Roam more accessible by letting you open it in a new window in one click. 
  2. Automatically add the source to web snippets.
    1. Utilize the chrome extension to automatically copy not only the text, but the title of the page and its URL into your clipboard, nicely formatted in markdown.
  3. Change the appearance of Roam.
    1. Install the Stylus extension which allows you to override the CSS styles of specific websites.
  4. Add your hub pages to the navigation menu.
    1. Go to the page you want to add to your menu, and click on the little star icon in the top right corner of the window.
  5. See mentions of a page directly in the current page.
    1. To do this, type: — you will see the same “linked/unlinked” reference list you usually see at the bottom of each page appear in the current block.
    2. If you can’t remember the exact syntax, you can always type / and scroll down to “Page Mentions.”
  6. Create soft line breaks.
    1. Press SHIFT + ENTER instead of just ENTER. This will create a soft line break instead of a new bullet point.
  7. Make the most of shortcuts.
    1. CMD+B for bold, CMD+I for italic, CMD+H for highlights
    2. CMD+ATL+1,2,3 (choose a number) to create H1, H2, or H3 titles
    3. Use TAB to indent and SHIFT TAB to unindent
    4. CMD+SHIFT+UP or CMD+SHIFT+DOWN to move the current block up or down
    5. /ENTER to create a to-do checkbox 
    6. CMD+SHIFT+D to go to your daily notes
    7. CMD+U and start typing to activate the search bar (great to quickly access or create pages)
  8. Use quick capture on mobile.
    1. Open Roam on your mobile, and you will see a “Quick capture” screen. Anything you add here will be tagged #Quick Capture so you can easily go back to it once on desktop and tag accordingly.
  9. Open two notes side by side.
    1. Use SHIFT+CLICK or CTRL+SHIFT+O on a link to open it in a parallel panel, side-by-side with the current page.
  10. Filter linked and unlinked pages to surface relevant content.
    1. You can use the filtering function to surface exactly what is relevant to you right now.
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