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How to use Markdown in Google Docs

Formatting is also supported. Italics are combined with asterisks or underscores from the surrounding text; The text is thick with two asterisks or two underscores on each side; And strikethrough through the surrounding text with dashes. As follows:

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Finally, you can quickly create new headlines by starting a new line with the pound sign. For example, the new line “#headline” makes a full-size title. Add more pound icons to make short titles, “### like this” for the H2 title and “### like this” for the H3 title.

Now, this is far from a complete list of what Markdown can do. Unfortunately, Google Docs does not support everything. There is no support for adding images with markdown, for example, it saves me a lot of time. There is no support for block references, code blocks or side rules to name a few more things. No, Google Docs markdown support only provides links, italics, bold, strikethrough and highlights. That’s why I use Markdown, and it’s better than we had before, it’s nothing.

What is not supported

As I said, it’s not Google Docs that adds full Markdown support. The text is immediately converted to the native formatting of the docs, meaning there is no way to edit the text in the markdown after that. Google Docs does not turn into a markdown client, it provides a quick way to convert text.

One disappointment, though, is that Google Docs only converts the markdown as you type it – it doesn’t convert pasted text. If you write documents in Markdown Editor and paste them into Google Docs to collaborate, you may feel that Markdown support will speed up your workflow. It won’t — at least, not this way. Still, it’s better than anything and it makes editing much easier for me.

Make Google Docs less paper

As we make Google Docs a little more modern: have you noticed that the interface is still dominated by virtual papers? If you haven’t printed a document since the last decade, you probably don’t need to look at the digital representation of the page while you’re writing it. Well, good news: Google, in 2022, finally gives users the option to turn off page views. Click File Then Page Setup.

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You can choose from here Pageless Select and set it by default. And, since you’re not working on the actual page, you can set any background color you want. We are living in the future!

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