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Option: start Anki with only some addons active (idea)

Hello,
I think it would be very useful if you could decide to start Anki with only some addons active. Maybe by clicking a combination of keys while running the program, similarly to how you click “shift” to start it with no addons at all and no sync.

I have a lot of addons, as I think many people have, but I do not use all of them all the time (and many serve a purpose only during reviewing/card adding/browsing etc). I noticed my Anki runs much smoother if I start it while pressing “shift” and no addons are active. It would be very useful if you could select any number of addons to be “always active” so to run Anki in “light mode” when you want to.

Of course you can toggle each addon one by one, but it is quite complicated to do it each time and very time consuming
It could also help to check for addon compatibilities in a more handy way?

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I don’t think it’s a good idea. If you don’t use it all the time, just uninstall it. There is a very popular idea 断捨離 from Japan, which means if the item is not essential, then drop it. The less external things you rely on, the happier you will become. And ancient sages like Stoic philosophers and Schopenhauer express the same idea again and again. So I keep only 6 addons in which 2 is written by myself.

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That is very interesting and a good advice, I can surely learn something from it. But, being more of a philosophical approach, it would need time to adapt to and would probably not suit everyone’s needs equally well.
For instance, I would find it hard to strictly live by it, as I have about 80 addons all of which I use regularly.
It also partly misses my point, I believe. Maybe I have explained myself poorly.

I’ll rephrase this sentence: “I have a lot of addons, as I think many people have, but I do not use all of them all the time (as many serve a purpose only during reviewing/card adding/browsing etc)”.
I surf the browser, view my stats, add new cards and study my decks on a daily basis. But I do not necessarily do all these things at the same time or even during the same session. Often I just want to get through my reviews as quickly as possible and need only a few selected addons, with all the others temporarily being dead weight. Similarly for other instances.


Maybe there is a simple workaround: you can create an additional “addons” folder and copy-paste any addons you’d like into it. As necessity arises, just close Anki, rename this folder to “addons21” (and the original “addons21” to something else) and then run Anki again. When you are done, just change the names back