Use case or problem
Markdown supports two syntaxes for bold/italic but Obsidian only natively supports one via the
Obsidian only uses asterisk-based notation when using the hotkeys:
*This is italic*, **This is bold**, ***This is bold italic***.
Markdown also supports underscore syntax:
_This is italic_, __This is bold__, ___This is bold italic___.
For some users (myself included) the underscore variant is easier to read in edit mode because there is less clutter during reading and it makes the marked text more visually distinct.
Add option in
Settings > Editor to choose between asterisk and underscore syntax. Once selected, the bold/italic hotkeys honor this preference.
Current workaround (optional)
I have to manually use underscores since the hotkey doesn’t support this option.