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Writing on Mac

Formatting the text

There are two text formatting popup windows, which make it easy to format your entries. To access them:

  • Click on the left of a line of text. This will bring up the line formatting window, which formats a whole line or paragraph. Options include turning the line or paragraph into a heading, to-do list, numbered or bullet list, or quote.

Diarly Popup Editor

  • Select any text with your mouse. This will bring up the selection formatting window, which formats only the selected text. Options include making the text bold, italic, add a link, and more. You can also format the whole line or paragraph.

Diarly Popup Editor

Modify selection:

  • Bold
  • Italic
  • Striketrough
  • Underline
  • Highlight


  • Insert location
  • Insert link

Line modifiers, which affect the entire line:

  • Header
  • Unordered (bullet) list
  • Ordered (numbered) lit
  • Task or to-do list
  • Quotation

👆 Diarly uses markdown as the base for text editing and formatting. We recommend learning how to use it, as it can make writing faster and more enjoyable. If you would like to learn more about markdown, visit our markdown guide.

Keyboard shortcuts

You can also use the following keyboard shortcuts:

  • ⌘B to bold
  • ⌘I to italicize
  • ⌘U to underline
  • ⇧⌘E to strikethrough
  • ⇧⌘C to add code or mono-space format
  • ⌘L to start an unordered list
  • ⇧⌘L to start an ordered list
  • ⇧⌘U to create a quote
  • ^⌘C to create a code block
  • ⌘T to start a checklist
  • ⌘D to toggle a checklist as done

⌨️ Diarly has many keyboard shortcuts available. Visit the keyboard shortcuts article for the full list.

Auto completion

The editor supports multiple auto-completion options:

  • Typing [[ will show suggestions for linking to other entries and notes. You can type a name or date to find the note you want to link to.
  • Typing : followed by another character will insert an emoji, like so: :smile:.
  • Typing / will show options to insert templates, such as the current time, location, weather, and more.

Diarly Auto Completion

Rich Media

Check our other articles to learn how to insert other media such as galleries, images, audio recordings and more.

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