Can't use hotkeys when pdf is open

Steps to reproduce

Open a pdf in the new pdf view(Obsidian v0.10.8) and click on pdf. Try to use Ctrl + o or Ctrl + p. Same problem in embed if you click on pdf.

Expected result

Opens quickswitcher or command prompt

Actual result

Nothing happens

Environment

  • Operating system: Windows
  • Obsidian version: v0.10.8

Additional information

There is a similar problem in vscode with pdfs. I dont know if it is the same source for the problem.

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we won’t be able to fix this.

I already thought that, but at least I tried.

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A workaround I found is to click on the pane of the PDF, not the contents.

Well, technically you can click anywhere that is outside the PDF and it would get the hotkeys to work again, but clicking on the pane itself has allowed me to do things that are specific to that pane; an example would be to maximize using the Maximize Active Pane plugin, where you would need to have the PDF active in order to do so.


I do have a related concern however, Imma ask here in case if it’s impossible to fix/add for the devs also.

In Mac (and Windows depending on the touchpad), we can use the trackpad to zoom in and out on a page and PDF like we would with an iPad or phone, yet this functionality is absent in Obsidian’s PDF viewer; though we have the zoom in and out buttons, it’s just not the same IMO. Is this likely to be included in a future update or is this also unfixable?

I can totally agree with you.

Does the trackpad work in the pdf viewer of chrome?

Yes it does.

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Ok it’s working in chrome. Likely it’s not working in Obsidian for the same reasons. We’ll look into it.

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Yes it works

Steps to reproduce

  1. Open a pdf inside the app via a link
  2. Try to naviagte back via the hotkey (i have mine set to ⌘ <-

Expected result

I expect it to naviagte back

Actual result

Nothing. I have to click on a file in the file directory or backlink sidebars to naviagte. Once I return to the pdf it works, but it’s that FIRST time I open the pdf that it gets stuck.

Environment

  • Operating system: mac
  • Obsidian version: newest, it’s been a problem for a long time

Still not able to fix this?
Can I define something else to deal with this?
I might just convert the PDF’s that cause lots of grief into jpg…

Steps to reproduce

  1. Open a .pdf file in Obsidian.
  2. Press Ctrl+O to open a note.

Expected result

The quick switcher should open up, allowing me to either create a new note or open an existing one alongside the pdf.

Actual result

The keyboard shortcut simply doesn’t work. To make it work again, you have to click on a different note.

Environment

  • Operating system: Windows 11
  • Debug info:
    SYSTEM INFO:
    Obsidian version: v0.15.9
    Installer version: v0.15.9
    Operating system: Windows 10 Pro 10.0.22621
    Login status: not logged in
    Insider build toggle: off
    Live preview: on
    Legacy editor: off
    Base theme: dark
    Community theme: Tokyo Night
    Snippets enabled: 0
    Restricted mode: off
    Plugins installed: 35
    Plugins enabled: 31
    1: Dataview v0.4.26
    2: Sliding Panes (Andy’s Mode) v3.2.3
    3: Note Refactor v1.7.1
    4: Activity History v0.1.4
    5: CodeMirror Options v0.9.5
    6: Graph Analysis v0.15.4
    7: Search on Internet v0.5.0
    8: File Explorer Note Count v1.2.0
    9: Copy as HTML v1.0.5
    10: Text to Speech v0.4.0
    11: Excalidraw v1.6.16
    12: Citations v0.4.4
    13: Obsidian Git v1.22.0
    14: Focus Mode v1.8.2
    15: Commits v0.2.2
    16: Text Snippets v0.0.8
    17: File Tree Alternative Plugin v1.8.3
    18: Advanced Tables v0.17.2
    19: Buttons v0.4.16
    20: Admonition v7.0.4
    21: Shell commands v0.11.1
    22: Templater v1.11.3
    23: Calendar v1.5.10
    24: Natural Language Dates v0.6.1
    25: Dual v0.1
    26: Annotator v0.1.9
    27: PDF Highlights v0.0.4
    28: Kanban v1.2.39
    29: File path to URI v1.3.0
    30: Advanced Slides v1.6.0
    31: Tag Wrangler v0.5.3

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