Properties define specific types of information you want to track about instances of a tag and control what columns appear in tables.

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Written by Soren Bjornstad
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Oftentimes, you'll want to record the same information about every instance of a tag. For example, if you're learning about Chemical Elements, you might want to know the atomic number and symbol of each. You can use properties to define the things you want to record.

Properties are also used to define the columns of a table.

Creating and editing properties

Before adding properties, if you have not already done so, you'll need to create a tag to attach them to. Then navigate to the tag's page (you can do this from the “Tags” item in the sidebar once you've created at least one tag, by searching for the tag's name, or by clicking the tag anywhere you've used it).

At the top of the tag page, you should see a section showing all the current properties of the Rem. If you don't see it, you may need to select the Show/Hide Configuration link to expand this section. Here's an example of a Chemical Element tag that already has four properties:

Select Add New Property to create a new property, or click on an existing property to configure it.

If you want the new property to be part of a template, you may wish to add the property to that template instead; it will then appear here in the Properties section as well. See Templates and Properties for more details.

Configuring properties

By clicking on a property name, you can configure a variety of additional options.

Property types

While the Text type will work fine for most properties, if you know what type of content a property should contain, you can get more specific for a more polished experience working with the property. Select a type by clicking on the property, or the column header of a table using that property.

  • Number: If you type anything other than a digit as a value for this property, it will be highlighted as a potential error.

  • Text: Can contain any data.

  • Checkbox: Will display a checkbox that can be either on or off.

  • Date: Will display a link to the Daily Document associated with the date in the field, and when you click on the property field or table cell, a date picker will appear.

  • Multi select: You define a list of possible options, and you can select (using the mouse or keyboard) any number of these options when you fill out the property field or table cell.

  • Single select: You define a list of possible options, and you can select exactly one of these options when you fill out the property field or table cell.

  • Image: Only images can be placed in this field; you can add an image by pasting a URL or dragging and dropping an image to the field or table cell.

  • Url: If you add anything other than a Rem Reference or website link as a value for this property, it will be highlighted as a potential error.

Several property types are special in that RemNote will automatically fill them in when you edit a tag instance.

  • Created at: When the Rem is created, this will update to the current date and time.

  • Last updated: When the Rem or any of its properties are changed, this will update to the current date and time.

  • Definition: When the Rem is displayed as a table row, if it is a flashcard, this column will contain the back side of the flashcard, keeping the Name column clean and showing just the front side. (This column is added automatically when you type a flashcard delimiter like >> in the Name column.)

Property locations

Properties can be displayed on tagged Rems in five different ways:

  • On Right: The property appears next to the Rem, right-aligned, somewhat like a tag.

  • On Bottom: Like On Right, but the property appears directly underneath the Rem on a separate line.

  • Only in Top of Document: The property appears only when you zoom into the Rem, in the list of properties at the top of the page.

  • Only in Table: The property appears only when the Rem is rendered as a table row, or when zoomed into the Rem (as in Only in Top of Document).

  • As Bullet: The property and its value appear indented underneath the Rem as a bullet point, like a Descriptor.


You can generate Concept/Descriptor flashcards from a property. The tag instance is the Concept, and the property is a Descriptor. To select what directions you want to use for this property, select an appropriate option for Generate Card:

(Forget means “don't generate any flashcards.”)

By selecting Configure Cards, it's also possible to display additional properties on the front or back of the card. As a simple example, suppose that when testing the appearance of a Chemical Element, we also want to see its phase on the back side of the card.

The resulting flashcards will look like this:

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