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Markdown: Create a System-wide Shortcut for Bold and Italics

If you use Markdown you know that you can make text bold by surrounding it with double underscores or double asterisks. Using italics works the same way, but you surround your text with single underscores or single asterisks.

In my job I frequently review text created by someone else, and need to select portions of the text to mark as bold using Markdown. I perform this action quickly with a keyboard shortcut that triggers a simple Keyboard Maestro macro.1

Here’s what the macro looks like:

All the macro does is take the selected text, adds it to the clipboard, and then repastes the clipboard contents, surrounded by the Markdown syntax, in place of the original text. To get italics instead of bold, you’d change the third step to use a single underscore instead of the double underscore depicted in the image above.2

Here’s the macro to download (you’ll need to unzip it after downloading it):

Keyboard Maestro Markdown Bold Macro

  1. I’m pretty sure I must have found this macro online at some point long ago, but I can’t give it proper credit as I no longer remember where I found it.

  2. I prefer asterisks over underscores with Markdown, but my firm’s case management system uses underscores.

Bring Markdown to Any Mac Text Editor With Marked [App of the Week]

In our previous looks at Markdown, we focused on a couple of free apps (one Windows, one Mac) that have native Markdown support. If you have a favorite text editor, though, and want to bring Markdown to it, then check out Marked. (For a discussion about why you should care about Markdown, head on over to our post about why you should bother with Markdown).

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Yep, Geeks Love Markdown, But Why Should You Bother?

Markdown loved by geeks

If you’re a geek, you may have heard about Markdown, a markup language that makes it easy to output HTML, without actually having to know even a lick of HTML. We joined the love fest ourselves recently, covering the basics, as well as looking at a Windows app and a Mac app that support Markdown. With the proliferation of what-you-see-is-what-you-get (WYSIWYG) editors today, though, why should you even bother with Markdown?

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nvALT: A Clever Notetaking App That Syncs With Simplenote (And Supports Markdown, Too) [Mac]

nvALT wide.jpeg

The past couple of days we’ve talked about Markdown, a markup language that helps you easily output HTML without having to learn HTML. Yesterday, we looked at a Windows app, WriteMonkey. Today, it’s the Mac’s turn. One of the earliest apps that I downloaded on my Mac was nvAlt, a note taking app. I was impressed by the unique and efficient way that nvALT operated. Well, technically it isn’t unique, since it is a fork of an open source app, Notational Velocity. But it is different than most note taking apps that I’ve used. What I didn’t know until recently was that it also supports Markdown.

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WriteMonkey: A Distraction-Free Writing Tool That Supports Markdown [Windows]


We recently looked at Markdown, a markup format that lets you easily create HTML-formatted text. What can make Markdown even easier to use is if you use an app that supports it. On the Mac, Markdown apps are plentiful. On Windows, not so much. Fortunately, if you’re on Windows, you do have WriteMonkey. WriteMonkey is a Markdown tool, but describing it as such just scratches the surface.

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