I just posted a question which contains bold formatting in several places, and the output is not bold. Is something broken here? I even used **bold** above and it does not appear to have gotten any formatting treatment on Meta either.

For me on Chrome v62 it renders as such:

Bold formatting Chrome 62

Oddly enough, it seems to still apply the font weight adjustment on **code blocks**.

  • i see your bolded bold text bold, maybe this changed overnight?
    – glls
    Commented Nov 16, 2017 at 20:24
  • Still not showing as such for me. Maybe it's an issue with Chrome...
    – Adrian Larson Mod
    Commented Nov 16, 2017 at 20:25
  • im using chrome as well -> Version 61.0.3163.100 (Build officiel) (64 bits) RELANCER
    – glls
    Commented Nov 16, 2017 at 20:25
  • Which version are you on? I'm on 62.
    – Adrian Larson Mod
    Commented Nov 16, 2017 at 20:26
  • Maybe that version change breaks things. Uh oh.
    – Adrian Larson Mod
    Commented Nov 16, 2017 at 20:26
  • ill post a screenshot of what i see below
    – glls
    Commented Nov 16, 2017 at 20:26
  • mind including a screenshot of how it is displayed in your browser =P
    – glls
    Commented Nov 16, 2017 at 20:29
  • I can see the bold on chrome Version 62.0.3202.94 (Official Build) (64-bit)
    – Dave Humm
    Commented Nov 17, 2017 at 14:06
  • Chrome 63.0.3239.132 (on macOS High Sierra 10.13.2) with all extensions turned off and I don't see the bolding. Been broken for a while for me.
    – Keith C
    Commented Jan 17, 2018 at 11:36
  • @AdrianLarson I've updated my answer with a cause of this issue on at least my machine. Hopefully you can get this into the right hands! Commented Jan 23, 2018 at 15:05

3 Answers 3


What I see:

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  • just upgraded from chrome 61->62.0.3202.94 , I see bold
    – glls
    Commented Nov 16, 2017 at 20:43
  • I'm on the same version, and don't see any bold on posts. Maybe it's a style issue? Commented Nov 29, 2017 at 16:48

I'm on Chrome, version 62.0.3202.94 on Mac OSX, Version 10.11.6, and I don't see bold when it's properly formatted in markdown.

This is an issue for me- I've actually been editing other people's posts thinking that they were trying to use italic formatting, which renders fine. It's been going on for at least a few days without me really noticing what was going on.

I am able to get bold to display on stackoverflow.com, and another child site (code review), but not on this meta or the main site.

I've attached a screenshot of what I see below.

enter image description here

I got really sick of dealing with this while editing posts, so I took a look under the hood to see if I could figure out what was causing this. Looks like its due to a font issue, specifically, 'PT Sans', the default font in my styles. Removing this style from the font-family attribute for the page causes bold to render for my browser.

These are the five fonts used:

  • 'PT Sans' - fails to render bold
  • 'Helvetica Neue' - renders bold
  • Helvetica - renders bold
  • Arial - renders bold
  • Sans-serif - renders bold

To make matters weirder, the examples on the google fonts page displays the bold without any problems. Still occuring as of 3-6-18.

  • Glad I am not the only one experiencing this issue. I too am on Mac OSX (10.11.3) with Chrome build 62.0.3202.94.
    – Adrian Larson Mod
    Commented Nov 29, 2017 at 19:11
  • 2
    I'm on windows 10, maybe this is specific to MAC OSX ?
    – glls
    Commented Dec 1, 2017 at 19:21
  • Seems like it, and this issue is still affecting me. Commented Dec 12, 2017 at 19:59
  • I had the same issue on Firefox a while ago and I raised a bug with Stackexchange - meta.stackexchange.com/questions/302327/… Commented Jan 24, 2018 at 1:51

I encounter the same problem on OSX 10.13.3, Chrome Version 64.0.3282.167 (Official Build) (64-bit).

It looks like this only does not affect code block text.


### h3 with **strong** and *em* and `pre` and ***em strong*** **`strong pre`** ***`strong em pre`***

text with **strong** and *em* and `pre` and ***em strong*** **`strong pre`** ***`strong em pre`***

your machine:

h3 with strong and em and pre and em strong strong pre strong em pre

text with strong and em and pre and em strong strong pre strong em pre

my machine:

enter image description here

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