Basic Markdown Language Syntax

Josiah Fordahl
1 min readFeb 14, 2021

Markdown is lightweight markup language that is used in plaintext documents to add forming elements.

Writing in markdown is slightly different than using a WYSIWYG editor. Markdown doesn’t immediately show the changes to the document as you press buttons like “Bold”, instead with markdown you annotate the formatting you wish to show in line. This means if I wanted to create a heading I would do the following:

# This is now a H1 heading## This is now a H2 heading 

I recommend practicing with this free online program:

By using the below syntax rules, you can markup your plaintext documents.


# H1
## H2
### H3


**bold text**


*italicized text*


> blockquote

Ordered List:

1. First item
2. Second item
3. Third item

Unordered List:

- First item
- Second item
- Third item



Horizontal Rule:





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