C-c n f is bound to org-roam-node-find in my setup.

I can search existing nodes or create a new one if it does not exist yet. Assume that there still is a node with the title Foobar in summer and I want to create a new node with title summer.

This is not possible because when I type summer (after C-c n f) the existing node Foobar in summer is pre selected. When I hit ENTER the existing node opens in a new buffer instead of a new created node (capture buffer?) with title summer.

How can I create a new node preventing preselection of existing nodes?

Here is a minimal init.el and a screen recording:

;; -*- lexical-binding: t; -*-

;; === Package setup ===
(require 'package)

(setq package-archives '(("melpa" . "https://melpa.org/packages/")
             ("org" . "https://orgmode.org/elpa/")
             ("elpa" . "https://elpa.gnu.org/packages/")))
;; Initializes the package infrastructure

;; === use-package ==
;; use-package to simplify the config file
(unless (package-installed-p 'use-package)
  (package-install 'use-package))

(require 'use-package)
(setq use-package-always-ensure 't)

;; === Improved search field
; M-o opens "context menu" of a search item
(use-package ivy
  :bind (("C-s" . swiper))
  (ivy-mode 1))

;; === Add docstring column to function search results
(use-package ivy-rich
    (ivy-rich-mode 1))

(use-package org-roam
  :init  ; is called before the package is loaded
  (setq org-roam-v2-ack t)  ; do not show migration warning after startup
  (org-roam-directory "~/tab-cloud/my.org-roam")
  :bind (("C-c n l" . org-roam-buffer-toggle)
     ("C-c n f" . org-roam-node-find)
     ("C-c n i" . org-roam-node-insert)

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    I can't reproduce that: I can enter summer even if it shows Foobar in summer in the completions list. OTOH, I cannot enter a space in the title (although I can modify it after the fact).
    – NickD
    Commented Feb 8, 2022 at 2:24

2 Answers 2


For common completion frameworks (e.g. ivy, vertico), <enter> is used to select candidates.

For vertico, your case requires M-<return> (vertico-exit-input).

For ivy, it is C-M-j (ivy-immediate-done).

The corresponding function of other completion frameworks can be found in the keymap or README.

  • For vertico, it seems that vertico-exit-input changed to M-return. Commented Oct 20, 2022 at 4:33
  • Thank @ElDiegoEfe for pointing this out, I will update my answer. Commented Oct 20, 2022 at 7:10

Alternatively, the prompt line can be made selectable with (setq ivy-use-selectable-prompt t).

Solution based on: https://org-roam.discourse.group/t/create-new-org-roam-node-ignoring-pre-selected-existing-nodes/2448?u=2meufy0iakxhveq31

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