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Diarly uses special characters to indicate text formatting. This is known as markdown — using special characters in your entry allows Diarly to store everything in plain text.

Some characters modify the entire line or paragraph, while others only a part of the text.

Line modifiers

Line modifiers always start as the first characters of the new line followed by a space. Diarly supports the following line modifiers:


Headers come in four levels: #  to start a primary header, ##  for a secondary header, ###  and ####  for third and fourth level headers respectively.

# This is a primary header
## This is a secondary header
### This is a tertiary header


  • * starts an unordered list
  • 1. starts an ordered list
  • > starts a quotation
  • [ ] starts a checklist
  • [x] creates a completed checklist item

A checklist can be toggled as to do / done by clicking on the checkbox.

Lists and checklists can be nested. You can use ⌘[ and ⌘] to increase and decrease the nesting level.

In-line text modifiers

Inline text modifiers can be added to any word or group of words in a line. The available in-line modifers are **Bold**, *Italic*, __Underline__, ::highlighted:: ~striketrough~ and `code` (using the backtick key, right above the tab key). These modifiers can be used anywhere in the text, not just at the start of the line.

Diarly - Markdown


You can create links to websites using the following format:

[Link to amazing website](http://amazing-website.com)

Alternatively, you can select the text you want to convert into a link and paste the link, and it will be added automatically.

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