Clicking in the margins of the edit pane doesn't enable editing

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Steps to reproduce

Clicking within the left and right margin of an editor pane disables editing within the pane.
If the editor pane has the focus and the insertion caret is blinking, the caret disappears and typing text doesn’t do anything.

If multiple editor panes are open, clicking on the margin of a non-focused pane will shift the focus to that pane, but doesn’t enable editing until the user clicks again within the body of the note.

Expected result

The margin is desirable (though I prefer a small one) but isn’t usable, other than for selecting the pane. Logically, clicking on it should enable the user to immediately start typing (or allow interactions with the editor if Vim key bindings are enabled).

Minimally, pressing the ESC key should allow the user to interact with the note via the keyboard.

Actual result

The insertion caret disappears.
If Vim key bindings are enabled, the Vim block cursor stops blinking.

All keyboard interactions with the editor pane are disabled.


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  • Debug info:
    Obsidian version: v0.15.9
    Installer version: v0.15.6
    Operating system: Windows 10 Pro 10.0.19043
    Login status: logged in
    Catalyst license: supporter
    Insider build toggle: on
    Live preview: on
    Legacy editor: off
    Base theme: dark
    Community theme: Vileplume
    Snippets enabled: 2
    Restricted mode: off
    Plugins installed: 27
    Plugins enabled: 26
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    6: Vault Statistics v0.1.0
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    22: Sliding Panes (Andy’s Mode) v3.3.0
    23: Creases v0.6.5
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Additional information


I agree, however, this is more a FR. Moved to FR.

Use case or problem

I often am slowed down by having to click just at the beginning of a line to place cursor there.

Proposed solution

If clicking a good bit to the left of the beginning of the line would add the cursor at the beginning of the line, life would be easier. I am basically asking to extend the region of error.

In the editor window, if I want to click at the start of a line I have to be accurate in the placement of the cursor.

In many word processors you can click in the left margin and it will move the caret to the start of the relevant line.

It is a minor annoyance, but, for me, this would be a great usability improvement.


Definitely agree. Made this very similar request here: Clicking to left of beginning of line should place cursor there


I have turned off “Readable line length” and added to the CSS:

.markdown-preview-section {
    max-width: 620px;
    max-width: 65ch;
    margin: 0 auto;

I can click in the margin to get what you want. :smiley:

Okay. It’ll work until outside the blue screen.


Sounds great. What file do I add the CSS to?

Use case or problem

I often would like to bring the cursor to the left-most part of a line by clicking.
This only works when I click precisely onto the first character.
if I click even a bit left, the click won’t be recognized as such.
If the first word happens to be a link, it is impossible to place the cursor there without triggering the link action.

Proposed solution

Make the space left of the beginning of the line clickable, similar to MS Word or other text editors. A few millimetres would suffice.

Video of the behavior:


I definitely agree. There is another thread that you may be interested in here: Clicking in the margins of the edit pane doesn't enable editing