Thanks a lot for this detailed description.
Yes, I think it helps. I really have to think about it. I think I don't need or 
use tags a lot. I saw it in Evernote. There you have also tagging functions. It 
was more frustrating than anything else.

Currently I'm writing on my bachelor thesis. And while I'm reading in books 
(many books;-)), I make notes in Zim.
What I find useful, if I use tags like:
(while BT means BachelorThesis).
So I find concrete notes very fast. For finding other notes I generally use the 
search function. This is my favorite in most cases.


Von: Alec []
Gesendet: Dienstag, 17. Januar 2017 23:00
An: Daniel Hofer <>
Betreff: Re: AW: [Zim-wiki] "Flat usage" of Zim-Wiki without a nested structure?


I see what you mean now. Using only tags will become difficult as the scale of 
your notebook increases. Ive found tags become messy after you add more than 25 
or so, especially if you don't think about your tagging methodology. Using a 
combination of nested directories and tags may be a good method to overcome 
your issues, but you should define your own tagging methodology to keep it 

Personally, I use zim and org-mode to manage notes and todo lists, and I use 
directories to separate different notes by their context, (Personal, Education, 
Work, Projects (not personal ones), etc). Each context directory has no more 
than 2 more levels of contexts, and then tags are used when information within 
notes is relevant to multiple contexts. I keep tags limited to the title of the 
page or of the main headers within the page, but rarely use tags.

Hope this gives you a bit of inspiration.



On 01/17/2017 04:30 PM, Daniel Hofer wrote:
Hi Alec

Thanks for your information. Yes I've already enabled the tags plugin.
My question was more about the phylosophy rather than the technical aspects.

I'm not sure if it really makes sense if I had a flat structure.
Ah, I could make a copy of the notebook and test it. Perhaps I'll be happier 
than with my current tree.


Von: Alec []
Gesendet: Dienstag, 17. Januar 2017 22:08
An: Daniel Hofer <><>
Betreff: Re: [Zim-wiki] "Flat usage" of Zim-Wiki without a nested structure?


There is a plugin for organizing your page index by tags. Here is the info 
online<>. Otherwise you can press 
F1 to open the help in zimwiki and find it under plugins.

Enable it in your preferences and there will e a tags tab on the left beside 

Regarding the tree structure, just put all of the text files in the main 
directory of your notes directory instead of nesting them.



On 01/17/2017 03:02 PM, Daniel Hofer wrote:
Hello everybody

Is there anybod who uses Zim-Wiki without a tree structure of pages? I mean, 
instead of a tree on the left side one could have all notes in one column but 
work with tags for example.

What do you think about this ?
My problem is very often that I really can't find the correct item for my new 
subitem. Very often an item could fit in more than one position in the tree.
And another problem I could solve: my problem with the link text I mentioned 
recently. Without a tree structure every link would have <the right> link text 
for me.

Mhm, a bit confused if it could help.



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