# How to manage this? The Preview shown is different from the Output. there are editing symbols (ie: ' * ' - stars used for bold,italics..) seen after posting

## This is the preview while am posting answer But this is the Output https://socratic.org/s/aJLExKNX

Oct 7, 2017

The error is caused by the consecutive $\text{*}$ characters.

#### Explanation:

As a rule of thumb, try to avoid using multiple $\text{*}$ characters one after the other and with spaces in between groups because it will cause a formatting error.

In this particular case, you left a space before the last $\text{*}$ character added to the "For the sake of simplicity..." part. This works in the preview, but it does not carry over once you post the answer.

Moreover, having three consecutive $\text{*}$ characters can cause this error sometimes--I don't exactly how that works, but I know that it does happen.

So if you want to write bold + italic text, you should use the underscore character instead $\to$ see this answer for more info on how that works.

You can also use a combination of $\text{_}$ and $\text{*}$ characters to get bold + italic text.

For example, you can have

• Italic text with some bold text mixed in
• Bold text with some italic text mixed in