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Nicer checkboxes in preview by @kepano

And here is my remix, nicer checkboxes in Editor:

/* Round checkbxes in preview and editor */
input[type=checkbox], .cm-formatting-task {
    -webkit-appearance: none;
    appearance: none;
    border-radius: 50%;
    border: 1px solid var(--text-faint);
    padding: 0;
    vertical-align: middle;    

.cm-s-obsidian {
    color: transparent;
    width: 1.25em !important;
    height: 1.25em;
    display: inline-block;

input[type=checkbox]:checked, {
    background-color: var(--text-accent-hover);
    border: 1px solid var(--text-accent-hover);
    background-position: center;
    background-size: 70%;
    background-repeat: no-repeat;
    background-image: url('data:image/svg+xml; utf8, <svg width="12px" height="10px" viewBox="0 0 12 8" version="1.1" xmlns="" xmlns:xlink=""><g stroke="none" stroke-width="1" fill="none" fill-rule="evenodd"><g transform="translate(-4.000000, -6.000000)" fill="%23ffffff"><path d="M8.1043257,14.0367999 L4.52468714,10.5420499 C4.32525014,10.3497722 4.32525014,10.0368095 4.52468714,9.8424863 L5.24777413,9.1439454 C5.44721114,8.95166768 5.77142411,8.95166768 5.97086112,9.1439454 L8.46638057,11.5903727 L14.0291389,6.1442083 C14.2285759,5.95193057 14.5527889,5.95193057 14.7522259,6.1442083 L15.4753129,6.84377194 C15.6747499,7.03604967 15.6747499,7.35003511 15.4753129,7.54129009 L8.82741268,14.0367999 C8.62797568,14.2290777 8.3037627,14.2290777 8.1043257,14.0367999"></path></g></g></svg>');

Looks like this:

Since the contents of the element are transparent, to check/uncheck a checkbox, place your cursor right after it:
Press left arrow once, then press backspace.

To check an item:
Press your cursor behind the checkbox, press left arrow once, press backspace, type ‘x’ and it will turn into a checkbox.

Here is how it works in practice

This makes long checklists in Edit more way more understandable and reduces my need to switch to Preview!


Nice. Nevertheless, the procedure

Press your cursor behind the checkbox, press left arrow once, press backspace, type ‘x’ and it will turn into a checkbox.

I like the idea of not having to switch to Preview, but to implement it is not practical if you don’t use checkboxes regularly. If I go back 1 week from now I’ll have to look it up how to do it. Nahh.

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The procedure is the same one you would use with a normal todo item in edit mode. I’m just listing it out step by step, as it isn’t visually obvious with the new styling.

Maybe I misunderstand you, but the normal step to create a checkbox:

  1. type -, then space;
  2. type [, then space, then ], then space again;
  3. still on the same line type a text for the checkbox.

Now, to place a checkmark, click once on the checkbox when in Preview. This is the normal step when one encounters a checkbox on a webpage.

That’s all there is to it, and it is intuitive. TBH, I don’t find your procedure intuitive.

Minimalistic Red / Green checkboxes

Screenshot 2020-07-03 at 19.43.24

/* CHECKBOX: Green / Red color */

.markdown-preview-view .task-list-item-checkbox{
    -webkit-appearance: none;
  box-sizing: border-box;
  border: 1px solid var(--text-muted);
  border-radius: 2px;
  position: relative;
  width: 1.3em;
  height: 1.3em;
  margin: 0;
  outline: none;
  margin-right: 4px;
  margin-bottom: 2px;
  cursor: pointer;
  vertical-align: baseline;

  background-color: #d068688f;

.markdown-preview-view .task-list-item-checkbox:checked {
  background-color: #68d0688f;

Stylish blockquotes

0.7.6 / 0.8.4 / 0.8.5 Compatible

Add quotation mark before quote

/* Add quotation character before quote */
blockquote:before {
  font: 14px/20px italic Times, serif;
  content: "“";
  font-size: 3em;
  line-height: 0.1em;
  vertical-align: -0.4em;
blockquote p { display: inline; }

Remove left margin

/* Remove blockquote left margin */
blockquote {
  margin-inline-start: 0;

Does not work for me.

Remove Yaml Front Matter from embeds

I had to write a new version for obsidian version 0.8.5, If you are on obsidian 0.8.4 or below, please use the other version!

0.8.5+ Compatible

Please note that Obsidian did add an option to hide the yaml frontmatter in Editor > Show frontmatter. If you turn that option off, you can’t see the yaml in preview mode and for previewed content.

This CSS tweak is still relevant if you have this option turned on but you still don’t want to see the frontmatter for previewed content (when you hover the mouse on a note) but still see it in preview mode.

/* Remove embed yaml front matter */
.markdown-embed-content > .language-yaml { display: none; }

0.7.6 / 0.8.4 Compatible

Since obsidian version 0.8.5, the yaml header is understood by obsidian so you don’t need to use that version if you have Obsidian version 0.8.5+.


/* Remove embed yaml first separator */
.markdown-embed-content > hr:first-child { display: none; }
/* Remove embed yaml content */
.markdown-embed-content > hr:first-child + p { display: none; }
/* Remove embed yaml second separator (if empty) */
.markdown-embed-content > hr:first-child + hr { display: none; }
/* Remove embed yaml second separator */
.markdown-embed-content > hr:first-child + p + hr { display: none; }
v2 (works with longer yaml frontmatter blocks)
/* Remove first hr */
.markdown-embed-content > hr:first-child { display: none; }
/* Remove blocks after first hr (max 5 blocks - repeat the pattern for more...) */
.markdown-embed-content > hr:first-child + :not(hr) { display: none; }
.markdown-embed-content > hr:first-child + :not(hr) + :not(hr) { display: none; }
.markdown-embed-content > hr:first-child + :not(hr) + :not(hr) + :not(hr) { display: none; }
.markdown-embed-content > hr:first-child + :not(hr) + :not(hr) + :not(hr) + :not(hr) { display: none; }
.markdown-embed-content > hr:first-child + :not(hr) + :not(hr) + :not(hr) + :not(hr) + :not(hr) { display: none; }
/* Remove second hr (max after 5 blocks - repeat the pattern for more...) */
.markdown-embed-content > hr:first-child + :not(hr) + hr { display: none; }
.markdown-embed-content > hr:first-child + :not(hr) + :not(hr) + hr { display: none; }
.markdown-embed-content > hr:first-child + :not(hr) + :not(hr) + :not(hr) + hr { display: none; }
.markdown-embed-content > hr:first-child + :not(hr) + :not(hr) + :not(hr) + :not(hr) + hr { display: none; }
.markdown-embed-content > hr:first-child + :not(hr) + :not(hr) + :not(hr) + :not(hr) + :not(hr) + hr { display: none; }




Works also with Naked embed


Pasting the code into my css gave me this in Editor
Screen Shot 2020-07-08 at 6.56.01 pm

hi, I’m new to CSS. This indent looks awesome and I figure I just need to paste them into the body section of my CSS file and that’s all done?


Replace the above line (Located in the second block of code) with

color: transparent !important;


Adding all kinds of embedded lists:

.cm-hmd-list-indent .cm-tab,
ul ul,
ol ul,
ul ol,
ol ol {
  position: relative;

.cm-hmd-list-indent .cm-tab::before,
ul ul::before,
ol ul::before,
ul ol::before,
ol ol::before {
  border-left: 1px solid var(--background-modifier-border);
  position: absolute;

.cm-hmd-list-indent .cm-tab::before { left: 0; top: -5px; bottom: -4px; }

ul ul::before,
ol ul::before,
ul ol::before,
ol ol::before {
  left: -11px;
  top: 0;
  bottom: 0;

Is there a way to apply formatting to the filenames in the File Explorer? I would love to be able to apply colored Tag Pills to filenames, so that if I have notes related to a #podcast or #meeting or #PKM, they would stand out when browsing files.

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Can you clarify what this is supposed to mean?

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The original version only supports bullet points nested in bullet points, so I added all four combinations of bullet points and numbered points :wink:

The pills looks great but can’t seem to adjust the font color. I’m getting a really low contrast font color that is hard to read. Tried the obvious color: white; and even some other more ridiculous colors to make sure it was in fact not working. Any ideas?

Highlighting for progressive summarization

So as Tiago Forte says, glanceability is important when one is progressively summarizing. Glanceability means that you can get the gist of the text by one look. And for that, he first boldens the most important parts, and then he again highlights the extremely important ones. Markdown doesn’t support such a thing (as far as I know). So I repurposed the italic function.

compatible with: v 0.7.6.

.cm-em {
    background-color: #39717d;
    font-style: normal;

and if you want to change the preview as well, add this, also:

em {
    background-color: #39717d;
    font-style: normal;

Obsidian already has support for highlighting text, it’s done through ==highlighted text== :wink:


OH that’s great! I don’t know if I should delete my post here now. Should I?

maybe try color: white !important; ? and put the tagpills rules near the end of your css.

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