When I add \textbf{} or \textit{} before a word in vimtex the terminal shows the word but strangely hides the commands. I can only see them in the visual mode (see pictures below). Is there a way to force vim to always show \emph{} before the text?

I'm using Vim 8.1 on iTerm2 with the gruvbox theme if that's helpful.

This is what vimtex shows in insert/normal mode

This is what I see in visual mode


2 Answers 2


This is not due to vimtex directly, but due to the conceal feature in Vim. vimtex only adds to the syntax plugin that ships with Vim/neovim, and it adhers to the relevant option, see :help g:tex_conceal.

For direct control of the conceal feature itself, see :help conceallevel, :help concealcursor and :help syn-conceal.

Short answer, you can put the following in your vimrc file:

" To prevent conceal in LaTeX files
let g:tex_conceal = ''

" To prevent conceal in any file
set conceallevel = 0
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    Many thanks, Karl! Congratulations for the great plugin and thanks for your patience :) Commented Oct 22, 2018 at 8:59

I think would be useful a "Toggle" mapping that allows us to swich concealling level:

nnoremap <Leader>c :let &cole=(&cole == 2) ? 0 : 2 <bar> echo 'conceallevel ' . &cole <CR>

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