Scribble on iPad inserts unexpected line breaks

When using Obsidian on an iPad with an Apple Pencil, it should be possible to write out notes using iPadOS’s handwriting-to-text system, Scribble. It mostly is! There is one annoying bug though: when you try to insert text, it adds a line break which you can’t remove without a keyboard.

Steps to reproduce

On an iPad with an Apple Pencil, press and hold the pencil on a location in a paragraph where you want to insert some text. It will push the text apart and add a grey box to write more text in.

Expected result

It should insert the text, and then after a few seconds of not writing, close the gap up into a paragraph again, with the new text inserted.

Actual result

When the grey insert box closes in obsidian, it leaves behind a paragraph break, instead of closing up the space around the insert.


  • Operating system:
  • Debug info:

Operating system: ios 15.6.1 (Apple iPad)
Obsidian version: 1.3.2 (69)
API version: v0.15.9
Login status: not logged in
Live preview: on
Legacy editor: off
Base theme: dark
Community theme: Minimal
Snippets enabled: 0
Restricted mode: off
Plugins installed: 7
Plugins enabled: 7
1: Templater v1.14.3
2: Minimal Theme Settings v5.3.2
3: Smart Typography v1.0.18
4: Dice Roller v8.6.9
5: Excalidraw v1.7.22
6: Style Settings v0.4.12
7: Dataview v0.5.46

Additional information


Oh wow, I hadn’t really used Scribble much befor so I assumed it always behaved that way.

I changed the title from “Scribble support on iPad” to “Scribble on iPad inserts unexpected line breaks” to reflect the problem described.

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