Navigating back/forward goes to wrong part of note

When navigating with back and forward (the ‘Go back’ and ‘Go forward’ feature), Obsidian very often doesn’t go back to the correct previous view of the note.

Instead Obsidian:

  • Jumps back to the start of the note.
  • Jumps back to the location of the typing cursor.
  • Or, most often, jumps back to a random location in the note.

The longer the note, the worse Obsidian is in going back to the previous view.

Often, the backward navigation jumps to where the actual previous view is entirely outside the viewport. This requires scrolling up and down the note to find the previous location.

Steps to reproduce

  1. Press F1 and open the Sandbox vault.
  2. In the File Explorer, open the existing ‘Create a vault’ note.
  3. Copy that note’s content and append it to the note’s end to make the note longer. (With longer notes, the issues is easier to reproduce.)
  4. Type something somewhere in the note. This to make it easier to find the previous view location back after navigating.
  5. Click a link in the note.
  6. Click the ‘Go back’ icon in Obsidian’s title bar.
  7. Obsidian now jumps back to the wrong location.

A video recording of these steps is here: video.

Expected result

I expect Obsidian to go to my previous view. Otherwise I might as well follow links bidirectional links inside notes.

The current behaviour has me constantly re-scan the note to find my previous position. This is exhausting and a waste of time.

Sometimes I cannot find my previous position, which breaks a line of thought in the process.

Actual result

(See description and video recording above.)


Obsidian version: v0.15.2
Installer version: v0.13.31
Operating system: Windows 10 Home 10.0.19044
Login status: logged in
Catalyst license: supporter
Insider build toggle: off
Live preview: on
Legacy editor: off
Base theme: dark
Community theme: none
Snippets enabled: 0
Safe mode: on
Commercial license: yes
Computer hardware: Intel i5-10400 CPU (6 cores, 12 threads) @ 2.9Ghz with 24GB RAM and a 500GB SSD drive.


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