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Writing on Mac

Diarly on Mac brings you an extensive array of formatting options, mirroring the ease and flexibility found in its iOS counterpart. This guide is designed to help you effortlessly write and format your text on Mac, ensuring a seamless journaling experience.

Editing options

Line formatting popup: Click on the left side of any text line to access this editor, which allows you to format the entire line or paragraph: Header

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

Line Formatting in Diarly

Selection formatting popup: Select text to bring up this editor for specific text formatting:

  • Bold
  • Italic
  • Strikethrough
  • Underline
  • Highlight
  • Insert location
  • Insert link

Selection Formatting in Diarly

💡 Tip: Diarly leverages markdown for editing. Learning markdown can streamline your writing experience. For guidance, visit our markdown guide.

Useful keyboard shortcuts

Diarly offers a variety of keyboard shortcuts for quick formatting:

  • ⌘B for bold text
  • ⌘I for italic text
  • ⌘U for underlining
  • ⇧⌘E for strikethrough
  • ⇧⌘C for code or mono-space format
  • ⌘L for an unordered list
  • ⇧⌘L for an ordered list
  • ⇧⌘U for a quotation
  • ^⌘C for a code block
  • ⌘T for a checklist
  • ⌘D to toggle a checklist item

🔑 For a full list of shortcuts, check out our keyboard shortcuts page.

Auto completion

Make your journaling more efficient with Diarly's auto-completion features:

  • Type [[ to link to other entries and notes.
  • Insert emojis with : followed by the emoji name (e.g., :smile: 😄).
  • Use / to access the insert menu for current time, location, weather, and more.
Diarly's Auto Completion Feature

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