List indents with spaces vs tabs rendered inconsistently in Live Preview

Steps to reproduce

  • Paste the following markdown into the Sandbox vault. The first set is indented using tabs, the second using 4 spaces (as set in Settings → editor)
# With tabs
- [ ] item
	- [ ] item 
	- [ ] item
		- [ ] item

# With spaces
- [ ] item
    - [ ] item
    - [ ] item
        - [ ] item
  • Should be in Live Preview mode by default. Notice how items intended with spaces have shorter indentation.

  • Now press Ctrl-E to switch to reading mode. Now the indents match.

Expected result

List indentation for both Live Preview and Reading modes to match.

Actual result

List indentation in Live Preview does not match Reading view, even though it’s the same number of spaces as set in Settings → Editor.


  • Operating system: Windows 11
  • Debug info:
    Obsidian version: v1.1.15
    Installer version: v1.1.15
    Operating system: Windows 10 Pro 10.0.22621
    Login status: logged in
    Catalyst license: none
    Insider build toggle: off
    Live preview: on
    Legacy editor: off
    Base theme: dark
    Community theme: none
    Snippets enabled: 0
    Restricted mode: off
    Plugins installed: 0
    Plugins enabled: 0


Additional information

Some themes (the ones I use are Minimal and Border) have the option to set the indentation size, and I was spending almost the morning trying to figure out why it doesn’t work, and it turns out the size does not apply to indentations with spaces in Live Preview mode (reading mode renders correctly). I don’t use Reading View much if at all, so the themes’ settings aren’t usable for me most of the time I spend using the app.

I think if the number of spaces matches the number set for indentation in Settings → Editor, the indentation should renders consistently in both Live Preview and Reading views.