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Markdown Text Styling in Articles
Markdown Text Styling in Articles

Learn how to use markdown to style text in your Articles

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Written by Matt Richards
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Article text is styled using markdown, a series of easy to read tags that are using to assign visual properties to text. When editing an Article you can use the styling buttons at the top of the screen to create markdown in your text, or you can type it by hand. 

To make text bold, simply surround it with two asterisks.


To italicize text, simply surround it with underscores.


Header 1

To make text into Header 1, you can either include a single leading hash symbol, or follow the text with any number of equals symbols on the next line.

# Header 1
Header 1

Header 2

To make text into Header2, you can either include two leading hash symbols, or follow the text with any number of dashes on the next line.

## Header 2
Header 2

Headers 3-6

To make text into Headers 3-6, include the corresponding number of hash symbols before the text.

### Header 3
###### Header 6


To create a blockquote start your line with a >.

> This is a blockquote

To end a blockquote, simply have one blank line before your following non-blockquote text. 

Note that if needed you can have nested blockquotes by including multiple > characters. 

> This is a blockquopte
>> This is a nested blockquote


You can create ordered and un-ordered lists in markdown. 

Un-ordered lists use asterisks, pluses, or hyphens as list markers:

*   Red
*   Green
*   Blue

is equivalent to:

+   Red
+   Green
+   Blue


-   Red
-   Green
-   Blue

Ordered lists use numbers followed by periods:

1. Red
2. Green
3. Blue

It's worth noting that it's possible to trigger an ordered list by accident, by writing something like this:

1986. What a great season.

In other words, a number-period-space sequence at the beginning of a line. To avoid this, you can backslash-escape the period:

1986\. What a great season.

Horizontal Rules

You can produce a horizontal rule by placing three or more hyphens, asterisks, or underscores on a line by themselves. If you wish, you may use spaces between the hyphens or asterisks. Each of the following lines will produce a horizontal rule:

* * *



- - -


Code Block

You can include code blocks in your Articles by including four spaces before your text. The code block will continue until it reaches a new line without the leading four spaces. Code blocks are what is used in this HelpCenter article for the examples. 

You can also include ` before and after text to call out code snippet's in-line. 

Here is an example  of the result.  

In addition to the styling discussed above, you can also add links, images, attachments and videos to your articles. Check out the links for details. 

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