Rem that are created on the fly while searching can be marked as stubs so you remember to fill in more details about them later.

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Written by Soren Bjornstad
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When searching your knowledge base in the global search (Ctrl+P/Cmd+P) or adding a Rem Reference, Tag, or Portal, you can create a new top-level Rem by pressing Ctrl+Enter/Cmd+Enter. This allows you to trivially create Rems for concepts that you’re referring to, making it possible to easily find all places where you’ve talked about those concepts.

Since Rems created like this have no content and are at the top level of your knowledge base, it’s often helpful to be able to see what Rems you’ve created this way so you can go back and give them definitions or move them to a more relevant portion of your notes later. If this would be a useful part of your workflow, RemNote offers an option to tag Rems created from the search with Stub.

You can find this option, called Create Stubs from Search, in Settings > Editor.

Of course, since Stub is just a plain old tag, you can also manually mark a Rem as a stub by typing ##Stub, if you want to add it to your list of things to expand later.

The Stub Tag

As with any other tag, if you navigate to the Stub Tag, you’ll find all the stubs that currently exist, along with the dates they were created and their backlinks, so you can quickly work out why you created the Rem and what its context is if you’ve forgotten.

Each stub Rem is shown in a portal, so you can easily add details or move it right from the list. When you've finished making changes, you can remove the Stub tag by clicking the X.

Example Use Cases

While Doing Research

When taking notes for research, you will often run into important ideas you haven't created Rems for yet, like author names, new chemical compounds, or words you don’t know. Instead of looking them up immediately and getting distracted from your task, simply reference them, then look through your stubs later to see what additional things you need to research.

While Studying

Similarly, whether for a new class, language, or chapter, you might run into new terminology or references you are not yet familiar with. Make them into stubs so you'll remember to return to them later. This will help you take more comprehensive notes, more easily find gaps and holes in your knowledge, and keep your notes well structured and organized.

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