A quick guide to markdown

What is it?

Markdown, in short, is a way of writing plain text that is easily read by humans and computers alike. Raw Markdown is easily understood by human readers but can be run through computer programs that convert the simple markup into formatted text. Here's how to write a Markdown document:

Example Markdown document:

# Heading Level 1

This is a supporting paragraph. All you do is hit ENTER to create a new paragraph. Each paragraph should be separated by a blank line - exacly how it would naturally look.

## Heading Level 2

This is another supporting paragraph except _this_ time we have *italic* text __bold__ text **together**.

NOTE: You can use a single asterisk or underscore before and after an italicized word or set of words or you can use a double underscore or asterisk for bolded text. **All the text from here to here would be bold** and *All the text from here to here would be in italics*. (You could substitute asterisks for underscores in this case too).

### Heading Level 3

Now we're going to get into lists

* Unordered list item 1
* Item two
* And item 3

To create ordered lists, all you need to do is add numbers instead of asterisks! Check it out:

1. This is...
2. and ordered what?
3. An ordered list.

Example Markdown Output:

Heading Level 1

This is a supporting paragraph. All you do is hit ENTER to create a new paragraph. Each paragraph should be separated by a blank line - exacly how it would naturally look.

Heading Level 2

This is another supporting paragraph except this time we have italic text bold text together.

NOTE: You can use a single asterisk or underscore before and after an italicized word or set of words or you can use a double underscore or asterisk for bolded text. All the text from here to here would be bold and All the text from here to here would be in italics. (You could substitute asterisks for underscores in this case too).

Heading Level 3

Now we're going to get into lists

To create ordered lists, all you need to do is add numbers instead of asterisks! Check it out:

  1. This is...
  2. and ordered what?
  3. An ordered list.

Headings have 6 levels. All you need to do is add one "#" for each level you'd like your heading to be. And that's about all you need to know to write in Markdown! Try iy! It's faster and more fun than fighting with Word's formatting buttons. You'll love it.