Folding in preview

+1 from my side as well.

+1 Windows

+1 definitively, specially for study and memorization.

Kudos for the amazing work!

+1 . Loving the app. but this feature is pretty much required.

I don’t know why they don’t already have it. They should’ve added it when folding was added in Editing Mode

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This one was a separate feature request, but was merged here.

Currently the folding/unfolding feature applies in the current edit window only. If one leaves the edit mode - either by switching to the view-mode or by re-opening the current editor - all folded states get discarded. There is a feature request on this - Remembering heading and indent collapse in notes

Yet, even if that one is implemented, we won’t get the power of folding in the view-mode. Why do we fold? To hide the details and to focus on the main structure. Then why losing this instrument right away after switching to the view mode?

I understand that folding and unfolding is not supported by markdown. Hence I propose this as a feature when preserved state is implemented. I believe it won’t be difficult to apply folding states to the same document but in the view mode.

But ideally I would engage meta-declaration somewhere inside the =document itself. IIRIC there’s such an initiative already as to use the document itself. Not a new thing at all if you -*- understand what I mean -*-

Many markdown editors have folding; the underlying document remains unchanged.

When wysiwyg arrives I’m sure folding will be there too, preferably with more flexibility than headings alone, but for now I just use another editor when folding is important.

That’s interesting. And can you hand it someone with preserved nodes folding state? I wonder how it works then.

No, it doesn’t transfer. Or, at least, I’ve never seen it transfer. Because it’s not held in the markdown document. As you said, folding isn’t part of the markdown document, it’s part of the editor. But many editors have it.

I’ve never thought how most of them do it. My favourite markdown editor, WriteMonkey 3, maintains both independent files and a .json database and I assume that its very superior folding ability is coded into the .json. I can’t remember whether the pre-json v2.7 had folding.

I would expect other editors to do it differently.

+1 for me

I’ve been playing around with BBEdit as an external editor. So far, it seems to remember the folding state. I much prefer other editors, but it’s been great for some heavy lifting.

+1 I would love this!

This is the only feature that is keeping me from completely migrating all my notes from Notion and Dynalist to Obsidian.


Having a neat and clean writing space is crucial for me to think clearly and construct my thoughts on to paper (in this case, my computer screen) and I’m sure I’m not the only one.
It isn’t out of the ordinary to easily get lost when I get in too deep into writing, if that makes sense. In such instances, navigating through the thoughts I’ve written down gets a bit difficult.

In order to avoid such clutters, I usually use the toggle list feature when I’m writing. This enables me to easily open and close “chunks” of my noted thoughts. Toggle Lists, in a way, behave like checkpoints within my writings, helping me to plot a route through whatever I’ve written down.

Now, Dynalist has this feature built into it’s “nature”. And has “toggle lists”.

Technically Obsidian has the toggle feature too but it only works with Headings and only works in edit mode :feelsbadman: . It would be a blessing to have this feature work on its own, like have a special markdown syntax like “>>” for toggle lists. It would work exactly like bullet point lists except you would be able to expand/collapse the “children” bullet points. With Toggle lists its very easy to keep things neat and organized.

Another advantage Toggle lists have over Bullet Point lists is not having to deal with the hassle of scrolling back and forth

If anybody is confused as to what in the world I am talking about: hopefully this will help:

PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE consider implementing this feature. I’m already on the Obsidian bandwagon and I intend to stay on board for a very long time. I’ve never had so much fun writing on any other application but the absence of this feature is the only cause of hindrance to my flow of work.

Thank you for taking the time to read this.


Thanks for the detailed write-up.

For what it’s worth, I don’t think this is a “if” question for the developers—more a “when” question, and I think it hinges on WYSIWYG development. I don’t know anything for sure though, and more “upvotes” certainly help the devs prioritize! :wink:


Just how many MORE upvotes would make this feature request MORE relevant! :wink:


We’ll only know when it happens, won’t we?! :chart_with_upwards_trend:


+1 Mac OSX
Please WYSIWYG editor
and toggle lists!!! :pray:

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This is implemented in 0.9.7.

(The fold state is not (yet) remembered.)


We will add header folding in an upcoming release.


Yo…I just spit my beer when I read that. Thank y’all!