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Converting Imported Notes to Daily Docs
Converting Imported Notes to Daily Docs

RemNote tries to automatically convert imported notes to Daily Docs. Here's how RemNote knows what to do and how you can fix any problems.

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Written by Soren Bjornstad
Updated over a week ago

If you're migrating from Roam, Obsidian, or another Markdown-based notes format, you may already have daily log or journal files that you'd like to become Daily Docs (“Today's Document” or the “Daily Document” folder) in RemNote. In most cases, RemNote does this automatically, but depending on the application you're exporting from and your settings, you may have to make some adjustments.


Recognized date format

Documents will be recognized as daily docs if they have titles composed of only a date in a recognized format (no other words or text). The date formats supported include:

  • 2022-02-04 or 2022.02.04

  • February 4, 2022

  • 4 February 2022

  • 4 Feb 2022

  • 4th Feb 2022

  • Friday, February 4, 2022

...and several variations on the above. Note that MM-DD-YY and DD-MM-YY dates (e.g., 2-4-2022) aren't supported because both of these formats are in common use (month first in America, day first in Europe) and there's no way for RemNote to tell them apart.

If your documents aren't currently named in a supported format, you can rename them prior to importing them to RemNote.

No subfolders

Documents must be at the top level of the import to be considered Daily Docs – that is, they can't be in a folder or part of another document. If your daily docs aren't at the top level in the application you're migrating from, you'll want to move them there first.

Manually adjusting document names

If you don't have the option to change the date format, or to move your docs to the top level, in the application you're migrating from, you can export your data first, then make the changes manually before importing into RemNote.

  1. Export your documents from the app you're migrating from.

  2. Open the resulting .zip file that you would otherwise import into RemNote.

  3. Locate the Daily Docs within the zip file. There should be one file for each document. Move these documents to another location on your computer for a moment.

  4. If you need to change the date format, rename the documents appropriately.

  5. Select these documents and add them to a new zip file, being sure to select all of the individual documents and not a folder containing them. (Here's how on MacOS and Windows.)

  6. If you've already imported the Daily Docs into RemNote (but found that they didn't become Daily Docs), delete them so you don't end up with duplicates. You can do this quickly by opening the Daily Document folder in RemNote, highlighting all the imported docs, and pressing the Delete key.

  7. Import your new .zip file into RemNote. Enjoy your shiny new Daily Docs.

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