I am a touch typist who uses Mathematics Stack Exchange site mostly and would like to know if there exists a way to type a question/answer on any Stack Exchange site with all the necessary formatting without the page automatically scrolling back up to where you input the math code?

There must be a way to dis-engage this annoying auto-scroll feature so that I can only see the rendered output as I type.

This is the simplest way I can think to word this question; if it is unclear to anyone what I’m asking then please let me know and I will elaborate.

  • Why don't you use this i.sstatic.net/R7Z0p.png ?
    – clhy
    Commented Dec 18, 2015 at 3:33
  • @The_IT_Guy_You_Don't_Like Thanks for your response; it doesn't work however. Or how do I implement it? I use mathematics stack exchange primarily, but I only want to see the output not the input code that I type in.
    – BLAZE
    Commented Dec 18, 2015 at 3:49
  • Can't you just pull it all the way to bottom and just see what you type ? i.e. the textarea
    – clhy
    Commented Dec 18, 2015 at 3:53
  • @The_IT_Guy_You_Don't_Like No because it just zips back up automatically to where I type in the code
    – BLAZE
    Commented Dec 18, 2015 at 3:54
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    You mean this doesn't work for you ?
    – clhy
    Commented Dec 18, 2015 at 3:59
  • @The_IT_Guy_You_Don't_Like I guess so, all I see when I click that link is a long list of identical sentences how do I use that in this or any other SE sites? It looks promising however.
    – BLAZE
    Commented Dec 18, 2015 at 4:02
  • Let us continue this discussion in chat.
    – clhy
    Commented Dec 18, 2015 at 4:03
  • downvote for WHAT?
    – BLAZE
    Commented Dec 21, 2015 at 11:37

3 Answers 3


Summary of discussion with OP

Just wants to see the preview as he types in the Textarea but it is being obstructed as OnKeydown action triggers Scroll UP pulling textarea in view

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Suggestion solutions

  • Write your own extension that catches the event handler before it triggers. Good luck :)
  • Pull the bottom of textarea to the bottom of the screen so that textarea increases
  • Pull the bottom of textarea all the up so that all you see is a single line input box

Here is a userscript that I found in StackApps which was created partly by Antonio Vargas that enables side-by-side editing. This userscript adds a button to the editor toolbar ('Toggle Side-By-Side Editing') shown in the blue box in the image below so you can view the preview and markdown side by side when asking or answering a question or when editing an existing question or answer. You can also hide the preview as shown in the orange box.

To get this script first install Greasemonkey if you are using Firefox or Tampermonkey if using Chrome, and then click here.

Side by side editing


Here is another solution that has been brought to my attention recently: Use Stackedit and this allows you to see the rendered output and the text input simultaneously. Furthermore, you can minimize the text input box to such an extent that it barely is visible at all.

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