Using the Jetpack Markdown Block

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Using Markdown is very simple once you get to used to it. It enables you to use regular characters to format your text so that you can quickly produce formatted content. Jetpack follows the CommonMark spec. This article will show you how to bring up the markdown block and then provide common examples of markdown that are used in the block.

How to Find the Jetpack Markdown Block

In order to use the Markdown block, you will need to be using the Gutenberg editor. Gutenberg is the default WordPress editor from version 5.0 and up.

To use the block, create or edit a new post or page. Then, add a new block and search for it by typing “markdown” or find it in the JetPack blocks.

jetpack markdown block a

Once you have it selected you can then begin adding your markdown text. Following screenshots show the before and after of using markdown within the markdown block:

jetpack markdown block 1

If you preview the code, then you will see the code:

jetpack markdown block b

Common Markdown Tags

The following tables summarizes the tags used in the screenshots above.

# HeadersHeaders start with #. Header match with the number #’s
*Emphasis*
_Emphasis_
Like the < em > tag in HTML, this puts the word in italics
**Strong**
__Strong__
Like the < strong > tag in HTML, this makes the word bold
Hypertext linkCreates a hyperlink with designated text. [hypertext link] (https://example.com “title”)
ImageDisplays an image from a link .
Unordered listsCreates an unordered list similar to UL in HTML.
Ordered listsCreates an ordered list like the OL in HTML
CodeUsing backticks, you can separate one line of code, or a block (using 4 backticks

Markdown makes it quick and easy to add rich text without having to leave the keyboard! To learn more about the markdown used in the screenshots, please visit our Support Center article: Understanding Markdown.

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Arnel Custodio Technical Writer; WordPress Contributor & Volunteer

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