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Anki template for German that automatically generates cloze deletions and color-codes nouns

Using the magic of German grammar, this Anki template automatically color-codes nouns by gender and generates cloze deletions without extra clicks or note types—just enter the word and an example sentence.

Elise Cutts

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A German flashcard with automatically-generated cloze deletion.

One of my major frustrations with Anki is the stiffness of cloze-formatted cards. They just don’t play nice with basic card types. So while I often want to incorperate cloze deletions into my decks, making seperate notes for clozes of my example sentences is simply beyond my effort tolerance. So instead of spending an extra 30sec/card, I did the clearly easier thing and spent a week figuring out how to get basic cards to automatically make cloze deletions based on example sentences.

Conditional formatting based on field content for Anki flashcards

Change card styling and text in Anki based on the content of your note fields, not just whether they're empty or not empty

Elise Cutts

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Conditionally format Anki cards based on field content

Anki allows conditoinal formatting based on whether or not fields are empty, but you’ll need to use a bit of code for conditional formatting in Anki based on field content. Luckily, it’s not that hard, and using this trick you can conditionally display text as well. I use it to color-code my German flashcards by noun gender without having to do everything by hand.

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