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Markdown handles inline bold text (within a word) incorrectly

I'm trying to use the following Markdown to make just the "Overflow" part of "StackOverflow Meta" bolded:

Stack**Overflow** Meta

But it creates the following instead:

StackOverflow Meta


  • Stack Overflow , give a space after Stack word
    – Lucifer
    Jul 22, 2012 at 8:04
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    @Lucifer: I do not want that space, I want them stay together.
    – Yishu Fang
    Jul 22, 2012 at 8:06
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    Stack<b>Overflow</b> will work in a question/answer. Jul 22, 2012 at 8:07
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    While this is a general problem (covered by KennyTM's link), note the name of the site, and by how it should be referred, is "Stack Overflow", not "StackOverflow" regardless of how you format "Overflow".
    – user149432
    Jul 22, 2012 at 8:19
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    This problem doesn't appear anymore
    – phuclv
    Oct 17, 2014 at 6:06

3 Answers 3


Use HTML. Markdown requires a space before the **.



Edit: just to update, as Markdown handles inline bold text (within a word) incorrectly has been fixed in 2014, OP's original code works now, no workaround needed:



Alternatively you could abuse Unicode 😜

  • π–²π—π–Ίπ–Όπ—„π—’π˜ƒπ—²π—Ώπ—³π—Ήπ—Όπ˜„
  • Stack𝐎𝐯𝐞𝐫𝐟π₯𝐨𝐰

Or you can use zero-width space.


Zero-width space doesn't work in comment, though.

  • What's Zero-width space?
    – Yishu Fang
    Jul 22, 2012 at 8:13
  • Just a Unicode character - it is space, but you won't see the space. You can hit edit on my post and try using arrow to navigate around the text: At the character k, you will need to press arrow 2 times to get to * of the bold formatting. This is 90% joke/troll and 10% answer.
    – nhahtdh
    Jul 22, 2012 at 8:15
  • I tested before - doesn't work in comment: Stack​**Overflow**. You can confirm by copy, paste this comment into a text editor and navigate around.
    – nhahtdh
    Jul 22, 2012 at 8:18
  • Copy the above text to rishida.net/tools/conversion and convert you'll see a 0x200B between the 2 words. That's Unicode Character 'ZERO WIDTH SPACE' (U+200B) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zero-width_space
    – phuclv
    Oct 17, 2014 at 6:05
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    It may not work in SO, but it does work on GitHub.
    – Cory Klein
    Mar 15, 2019 at 20:46

Well,you need to do like this: Stack **Overflow**


Stack Overflow

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    I think the OP does not want any space between Stack and Overflow. Jan 6, 2016 at 20:05

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