Can't change slides in slides core plugin mac

When I open a note in slides there is no way to change between slides.

The navigation buttons don’t appear and the keyboard arrows and space bar don’t work either.

I’ve separated the slides with ---

I’m using MacOS 10.15.7 and Obsidian version 1.4.12


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And moved back to Bugs because I can reproduce.

It looks like the keyboard focus remains in the note, instead of focusing on the presentation.

If you click on the presentation, then the navigation keys work.

But if you hit space bar, in this screen recording in the Sandbox vault, you can see the spaces get typed into the note, instead of navigating the presentation.


Obsidian version: v1.4.9
Installer version: v1.4.5
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Thanks. I am able to prevent spaces from inserting into the file by clicking on the presentation but this still doesn’t enable me to change slide. Arrow keys not working either. Could I be doing anything else wrong?

No need.

I was typing the ` before and after the —

I had tried just — before but now works with the click on the presentation.

Apologies - I’m new to Obsidian


Don’t mark it as solution; the topic will close automatically. I’ll open it back up. The presentation should receive focus properly. :slight_smile:

I experience same bug with navigation in MacOS 14.2.1 and Obsidian 1.4.13, arrows and space bar don’t work