Basic Guide to Writing in Markdown uses Markdown editing as a simple way to add formatting to text. By adding characters to your written content, it allows you to write using an easy-to-read, easy-to-write plain text format.

Below we’ll demonstrate examples of some basic Markdown syntax that you can use to format your content.


Markdown Output
# Heading 1 H_01.png
## Heading 2 H_02.png
### Heading 3 H_03.png
#### Heading 4 H_04.png


Markdown Output
Markdown is really easy to use.

From now on, I’m going to use it to format all of my documents.


To bold text, add two asterisks before and after a word or phrase.

Markdown Output
**Bold text** really makes my sentences pop. Bold 2.png


To italicize text, add one asterisk or underscore before and after a word or phrase.

Markdown Output
Sometimes you just *really* need to italicize words in your sentence. 382204182-italic.png

Bold and Italic

If you want to bold and italicize text, add three asterisks before and after a word or phrase.

Markdown Output
This text is ***very important***. 382204163-bold-italic-1.png


To strikethrough text, add two tildes before and after a word or phrase.

Markdown Output
When it comes to animals, I like ~~cats~~ dogs more. 382204201-striket.png


You can create tables using markdown too. Let’s take a look at the following example:

Markdown Output
| Countries | Continent |
| ----------- | ----------- |
| The United States | North America |
| China | Asia |
| South Africa | Africa |
| France | Europe |


To create a blockquote, add a > in front of a paragraph.

Markdown Output
> America was founded in 1776. 382204161-blockquote.png


You can use markdown to organize information into ordered and unordered lists.

Ordered lists

Markdown Output
1. First item
2. Second item
3. Third item
4. Fourth item

Unordered lists

Markdown Output
- First item
- Second item
- Third item
- Fourth item


Place backticks before and after a word or phrase to denote it as code.

Markdown Output
At the command prompt, type `nano`. 382204175-code.png

Code Block

To create a code block, use three backticks before and after the text or code you want to block.

Markdown Output
Here’s some code

To create a link, enclose the link text in brackets (e.g. and then follow it immediately with the URL in parentheses (e.g., (

Markdown Output
My favorite school management platform is []( 382204185-links.png


To add an image, add an exclamation mark (!), followed by alt text (the text that appears when you hover over an image) in brackets, and the URL to the image asset in parentheses.

Markdown Output
![William Shakespeare]( Image.png

Horizontal Rule

To create a horizontal rule across the entire page to indicate a page break, insert three asterisks on a blank line.

Markdown Output
This is where the section ends.


This is where the next section begins.