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Define your own objects

Creating your own object types is a great way to adapt Capacities to your workflows.

Previously, we had to adapt our way of thinking to computers, and had to try to organize ideas and content in rigid folder structures. Capacities breaks with these limitations by introducing networked note-taking. To give the elements in your network a structure, everything in Capacities is an object, and every object has a type. They color, structure, and enrich your note-taking without you needing to think a lot about it. Let's dive in.

Adding new object types via the object studio

In the left sidebar, you can find all your objects types. They are organized in databases for pages, images, or web links. Click on "+ New type" to open the object studio.

Object studio

Here you can select from basic object types that Capacities provides. These types cannot be customized but come with some additional features. On top, you can create your own custom object types. They can have properties, like a date, a checkbox, and more and can be displayed with different layout options. You can either start with one of the templates provided by the community or create one from scratch.

This video will show you how to create an object type from scratch:

All you need to decide when you first set up an object type is its name. You'll need a singluar noun (e.g. Meeting) and a plural (e.g. Meetings) as this reflects the structure of Capacities. Your meeting objects are examples of your Meetings object type.

Once you've decided on a name, click 'create object type' and you've just created your first custom object type!

You will be taken to your new object type where you'll see an example of your new object type. Then you can start customizing further, if you'd like.

Customizing Object Types

To customize your object type, you need to open the object type settings. Here you'll see all the things you can customize.

Any changes you make to the settings wil reflect in every object of that type.

You can define some initial settings and then further customize or adjust later. Any updates will affect all objects of that type.


You can customize each object type's properties. Any properties you add to your object type will apply to all objects of that type. For example, if you add a date, list of attendees and a blocks property to your Meeting object type, all meetings will have these properties.

If you want to get an idea of what a meeting could look like, you can also read our use-case article on meetings.

Meeting example


Currently believers have access to some different page layouts that help you differentiate the layout of your objects based off the type of information held within them. Check out the page linked above for more details on this.

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Small card view

Every object type can be viewed in various ways. Two such views are the gallery and wall view. They show you what we call a "small card" of your object. You can customise what properties are shown on these cards following the instructions here.

Time to use your new object type!

Once you're happy with your settings, you're ready to go! You can create and link your objects together as you would any other object type. You can also organize them in collections, and link them to other content or tag them to bring them together with other objects too.

Changing object types

If you have objects assigned to an object type that no longer fits, or you just want to change things up, you will need to know how to change object types.

Above each object's title, there is a label which tells you which object type it has. Click on that label and a dropdown menu appears. This allows you to choose which new object type you want your object to have. Click on the one you'd like to choose.

A pop up window will then come up that compares properties between each object type. Make sure your important information has somewhere to go in your new object type.

Once you're happy, click the blue button and your object and all the content you've chosen to move, will have moved!

Here's a video to walk you through that:

💡 How and when to use object types

Object types give your content a structure. It is not necessary to define all your object types before you start using Capacities. You can always start with just using pages and once you see a pattern or want to systemize your workflow you can quickly use the "turn into" feature to convert them into your new object type.

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