Math Latex symbols not rendered/invisible at some zoom level

At some zoom level, some subscript/superscript or underline/overline are invisible.
This is known upstream bug of mathjax, likely to be an upstream bug in the browser.

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Steps to reproduce

  1. Just type $\sqrt[n]{x}$ in your Obsidian note

Expected result

It should render the index as well as the radicand

Actual result

It does not render the index


  • Operating system: macOS Monterey (12.2)
  • Debug info:

Additional information

What I typed:
Screen Shot 2022-02-21 at 23.27.14

Rendered result:
Screen Shot 2022-02-21 at 23.27.43

Same input and result in Notion:

works for me. post a screen recording of this happening in the help vault.

Thanks for quick response!

I found a interesting bug. Index is not rendered on specific zoom setting.

Feb-21-2022 23-44-55

Also, when scrollbar appears, the index go away from the note.

Feb-21-2022 23-50-46

Steps to reproduce

  • write LaTeX with \overline like
    \frac{1}{T}\int_0^T{\overline{f\left( t \right) e^{-ik\omega t}}dt}

Expected result

Every thing properly rendered, including overline:

Actual result

The overline is rendered but in light gray, both for light and dark mode, which makes it hardly visible.


  • Operating system: Windows 10
  • Obsidian version: v0.9.11 (Installer version v0.8.12)

Additional information

  • custon CSS and Third-party plugin already disabled.

Sadly I also can’t find an alternative way to write this formular with conjugation. “\bar” has only width of 1 character.

This is a resolution problem that mathjax has. If you zoom in or out you will see it better. Nothing we can do about it.

Is it stated somewhere that Obsidian is using MathJax instead of LaTeX?
I see a lot of requests/remarks passing by of people who try to force Obsidian into doing LaTeX stuff (especially when it comes to formulas) which doesn’t work with the LaTeX examples you find on the web.
Again logical because Obsidian uses MathJax of which everything is supported you find on the web :wink:

It’s been stated in the Discord a few times.

LaTeX is a typesetting system used in academia. Mathjax is an emulator for the web of SOME parts of latex (specifically the ones related to expressing math, and not all of them).

I spend seldomly time at Discord…
Guess I am not the only one :wink:

Well thanks a lot, I have the screen of 1920x1080 with 125% zoom in. Both 100% and 150% makes the resolution better.

Steps to reproduce

just input a math equation contains \underbrace, it will reproduce this problem

Expected result

Actual result



  • Operating system: windows 7
  • Obsidian version: 0.8.4

Additional information

I can’t reproduce this. I don’t think it’s just a matter of adding underbrace.

Did you try tweeking mathjax by using the mathjax context menu (right click on the formula?) . If you did it, this may bring mathjax in an error state. We disabled it in 0.8.8.

This may also be a font\resolution problem. Is your screen resolution very low or very high? Did you zoom in or zoom out too much?

It is the zooming problem. I enlarge the text a little bit, it works well.


It only happens for me when the equation is at the start of a sentence, or in your case when there is no sentence. I must say that I never ran into this issue, because I never used an inline equation at the very start of a sentence.

If you want to use an standalone equation (without text around it) you should use the double $$ to show it in display mode instead of inline mode.