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Writing on Mac

Formatting popups

The full list of formatting options with shortcuts can be found in Menu Bar > Formatting. The shortcuts available for this are:

  • ⌘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 also lets you format by selecting the text with your mouse and choosing the formatting options from the popup:

Diarly Popup Editor

Formatting while typing

Diarly uses special characters to indicate the formatting of the text. 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, others only part of the text.

Line modifiers

Line modifiers always start as the first characters of a new line, followed by white space. They change the format of the entire line. Diarly supports 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.


  • * 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 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__ ::marked::.

Diarly - Markdown

Links and rich media

You can create links to websites using the following format: [Link to Amazing Website](http://amazing-website.com). This can be added inline.

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

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