Browsing

The Browse window allows you to search through your cards and notes, and edit them. It is opened by clicking Browse in the main window, or by pressing B. It is comprised of three sections: the sidebar on the left, the card/note table on the top right, and the editing area on the bottom right. By positioning the mouse between two sections, it is possible to click and drag to expand one section and shrink the other.

Table Modes

Anki 2.1.45+ offers two modes: either cards or notes are shown in the data table. You can change the current mode by clicking the switch at the top, to the left of the search area, or pressing Alt+T. The switch also indicates if Cards or Notes are currently shown.

Note: For the sake of simplicity, this manual generally assumes the Cards mode to be the active one. Whenever "cards" is mentioned while selecting, finding, etc., the reader may substitute it for “notes", depending on the active mode.

The sidebar on the left allows quick access to common search terms. On Anki 2.1.45+, it also provides a searchbar, facilities to edit tags and decks, and a choice of two different tools, which are discussed in the following sections. You can switch tools using the toolbar at the top of the sidebar or the shortcuts Alt+1/2.

Search Tool

With this tool, the sidebar behaves as in previous versions: Clicking on an item will search for it.

You can hold down Ctrl (Command on Mac) while clicking in order to append the clicked item to the current search with an AND condition, instead of starting a new search. If you wanted to show learning cards that were also in the German deck for instance, you could click on "Learning", then Ctrl-click on "German".

You can hold down Shift to create an OR search instead of an AND. For example, you could click one deck, then Shift-click another to show cards from either of the decks in the same view.

You can hold down Alt (Option on Mac) in order to reverse the search (prepend a -): for example, to show all cards in a current deck that do not have a certain tag. Alt/Option can be combined with either Ctrl or Shift (e.g. clicking Ctrl+Alt

will result in adding a new search term that is negated).

On Anki 2.1.39+, you can also hold down both Ctrl and Shift together when clicking a search term to replace all occurrences of the same kind of search with the new one. Let's say you had previously typed in a complicated search expression like deck:Swahili (is:due or tag:important) and now want to perform the same search for your Urdu deck. You can hold Ctrl+Shift while clicking the Urdu deck in the sidebar to obtain the following search expression: deck:Urdu (is:due or tag:important).

Selection Tool

The Selection tool allows for selecting multiple items at the same time by holding down Ctrl- and Shift together, while clicking. It also enables drag-and-drop to reorder decks and tags.

Here is an example: Say you have the tags Math, Calculus, and Algebra. Click on the Calculus tag, then Ctrl-click on the Algebra tag. Now both tags are selected, click and drag any of the two onto the Math tag to make them both children of this tag. Behind the scene, Anki has renamed the two tags to Math::Calculus and Math::Algebra respectively and updated your notes accordingly.

Another use case for selecting multiple items is searching: If you right-click on a selection of items, you can choose Search > All/Any Selected Items. This can be combined with keyboard modifiers as described in Search Tool to append the resulting search to the current search.

Saved Searches

If you regularly search for the same thing, you can save the current search by right-clicking the topmost item in the sidebar, choosing “Save Current Search” and typing in a name.

Editing Items

You can delete or rename tags, decks, and saved searches directly from the sidebar, from the right-click menu, or by using a shortcut key (Del and F2 on Windows). Deletion even works for multiple items at once (see Selection Tool).

Finding Items

To find a certain item in the sidebar tree, type part of its name into the searchbar at the top to temporarily hide all items not matching the search.

Above the card list is a search box. You can type in various things there to search for cards. For information on the search syntax, see Searching.

Card/Note Table

The table's rows represent cards or notes that match the current search. When you click on a row, the corresponding note will be shown in the bottom section.

Rows

If you drag the mouse or hold Ctrl or Command to select multiple rows, the editor will be temporarily hidden. Various operations (such as changing the deck) can operate on multiple cards or notes at once, independent of the active mode. Therefore in Cards mode, a note is considered to be selected if any of its cards is selected, and in Notes mode, a card is considered to be selected if its note is selected.

Other operations (like showing card information) only operate on a single card — the so-called current, card or note, which is usually the one that was last selected or clicked. In Cards Mode, again, the current note is the note of the current card and in Notes mode, the current card is the first card of the current note.

The background colour will change depending on the card and note. In Cards mode, the first match will be used:

  1. if the card is flagged, use the flag colour,
  2. if the card is suspended, yellow,
  3. if the card's note is marked, purple.

In Notes mode, colour is only applied to marked notes.
For more information about marked notes and suspended cards, see Editing and More.

Columns

The columns are configurable: right click on one (or Ctrl-click on a Mac) to choose which columns you'd like to see. You can drag columns to reorder them. Clicking on a column will sort by that column; click again to reverse the sort order. Note that you cannot sort by the Question and Answer columns.

All columns are available for both Cards and Notes mode but sometimes with slightly different names and data. The following table lists the behaviours for both modes.

ColumnCards modeNotes mode
AnswerThe back side of the card in one line with the question stripped. You can also choose a custom format in the card type editor instead.The same as in Cards mode, only for the first card of the note.
Card(s)The name of the card's template.The number of cards the note has.
Card ModifiedThe last time changes were made to the card (e.g. when you reviewed the card and the review history and interval were updated).The last time changes were made to one of the note's cards.
CreatedThe same as in Notes mode for the card's note.The date the note was created.
DeckThe name of the deck the card is in.The number of different decks the note's cards are in, or the deck name if all cards are in the same deck.
DueThe due date for cards in review or (re)learning, and the position in the new card queue for new cards. The line is wrapped in brackets if the card is suspended or buried. Sorting is done by type and only then by date or position.The due date for the note's next due review or (re)learning card that is not suspended, buried or in a filtered deck.
(Avg.) EaseThe card's ease if it is not new.The average ease for the note's cards that are not new.
(Avg.) IntervalThe card's interval if the card is in review or relearning.The average interval for the note's cards that are in review or relearning.
LapsesHow often the card was rated “Again”.The total lapses for all cards of the note.
NoteThe same as in Notes mode for the card's note.The name of the note's notetype.
Note ModifiedThe same as in Notes mode for the card's note.The last time the note (e.g. the content of a field) was edited.
QuestionThe front side of the card in one line. You can also choose a custom format in the card type editor instead.The same as in Cards mode, only for the first card of the note.
ReviewsHow often the card has been reviewed.The total review count for all cards of the note.
Sort FieldThe same as in Notes mode for the card's note.The content of the note's field that is defined as the notetype's sort field. Only this one field can be displayed and sorted by. You can change the sort field by clicking Fields... in the editing area.
TagsThe same as in Notes mode for the card's note.The note's tags.

Editing Area

The bottom right area displays the note of the currently selected row. For more information about cards and notes, see Getting Started. For more information on formatting buttons, see Editing.

You can see a preview of what the currently selected card would look like when reviewing by clicking the Preview button next to the search box. Note that this will not display any type-the-answer fields on your cards, which makes it easier to preview the cards quickly. In Notes mode, the preview is shown for the first card of the selected note.

At the top of the browser window, you find a toolbar with various menus which in turn offer various actions that can be performed in the browser.

Edit

NameAction
UndoCancels the most recently performed operation.
Select AllSelect all rows displayed.
Select NotesShow only the currently selected notes and select all rows.
Invert SelectionSelect those rows not selected, and deselect the currently selected rows.
Create Filtered DeckShow the filtered deck dialog and set the current browser search as a filter. Use Alt / Option to set the second filter instead (requires scheduler version 2+).

Notes

Most of the following actions operate on the selected notes. They are also available through a context menu when a selected row is right-clicked in Notes mode. In Cards mode, they can be found in a submenu of the context menu.

NameAction
Add NotesOpen the Add dialog.
Export NotesOpen the Export dialog.
Add TagsAdd provided tags to all selected notes.
Remove TagsEnter tags and remove them from all selected notes.
Clear Unused TagsRemove all tags from the sidebar that are not used by any notes.
Toggle MarkIf the current note is marked (i.e., has the Marked tag), unmark all selected notes. If the current is not marked, mark all selected notes.
Change NotetypeConvert the selected notes from one type to another. For example, imagine you have a Russian notetype and a Computer notetype, and you accidentally added some computer-related text into a Russian note. You can use this option to fix that mistake. The scheduling of cards is not affected. Changing the type of a note requires a one-way sync.
Find DuplicatesOpen the Duplicates dialog.
Find and ReplaceOpen the Find and Replace dialog.
Manage NotetypesOpen the Notetypes dialog.
DeleteDelete all selected notes and their cards. It is not possible to remove individual cards, as individual cards are controlled by the templates.

Cards

The following actions operate on the currently selected cards. They are also available through a context menu when a selected row is rightclicked in Cards mode. In Notes mode, they can be found in a submenu of the context menu.

NameAction
Change DeckMove currently selected cards to a different deck.
Set Due DateTurn cards into review cards, and make them due on a certain date. This can be useful for moving cards forward or back a few days when your study schedule is interrupted. Entering a range like 60-90 will give cards an interval between 60 and 90 days, which can be useful when you've imported a bunch of material you already know.
ForgetMove currently selected cards to the end of the new queue. The existing review history is preserved.
RepositionChange the order new cards will appear in. You can find out the existing positions by enabling the due column, as described in the table section above. If you run the reposition command when multiple cards are selected, it will apply increasing numbers to each card in turn. By default the number increases by one for each card, but this can be adjusted by changing the "step" setting. The Shift position of existing cards option allows you to insert cards between currently existing ones, pushing the currently existing ones apart. For instance, if you have five cards and you want to move 3, 4, and 5 between 1 and 2, selecting this setting would cause the cards to end up in the order 1, 3, 4, 5, 2. By contrast, if you turn this option off, 1 and 2 will get the same position number (and it will thus be unpredictable which of the cards with the same number comes up first). Please note that when enabled, any card with a higher position will be modified, and all of those changed cards will need to be sent the next time you sync.
Toggle SuspendSuspend or unsuspend all selected cards, depending on whether the current card is suspended or not.
FlagToggle the flags of all selected cards. Whether a flag is added or removed depends on whether the current card has the chosen flag.
InfoShow various information about the current card, including its review history. For more information, see Card Info.

Go

This menu exists to provide keyboard shortcuts to jump to various parts of the browser, and to go up and down the card list.

Find and Replace

To replace text in selected notes, you can either:

  • Right click on selected notes in the card list, and click Find and Replace.

  • In the Browser window, click Notes in the menu bar and click Find and Replace.

The regular expression option allows you to perform complex replacements. For example, given the following text in a field:

<img src="pic.jpg" />

Searching for:

<img src="(.+?)" />

and on Anki 2.1.28, replacing with:

${1}

on older Anki versions, replacing with:

\1

Will change the card to:

pic.jpg

A full discussion on regular expressions is outside the scope of this document. There are a number of syntax guides available on the web:

Finding Duplicates

You can use the Notes > Find Duplicates option to search for notes that have the same content. When you open the window, Anki will look at all of your note types and present a list of all possible fields. If you want to look for duplicates in the Back field, you’d select it from the list and then click Search.

By default, it will search in all note types that have the field you provided. This differs from the duplicate check when you add cards manually, which is limited to a single note type.

The Optional filter text box allows you to narrow down where Anki will look for duplicates. If you only want to search for duplicates in the "French Vocab" and "French Verbs" note types, you would enter:

note:'french vocab' or note:'french verbs'

Or you might want to look only for duplicates in a particular deck, so you could use:

deck:'myDeck'

The search syntax is the same as used when searching in the browser. For more information, see Searching.

You can click one of the links in the search results list to display the duplicate notes in that set. If the search brings up a large number of duplicates, you may wish to instead click the Tag Duplicates button, which will tag all matching notes with duplicate. You can then search for this tag in the browser and handle them all from the same screen.