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Markdown Here is a free and open-source browser extension that converts Markdown text in website forms to properly-formatted rich text. This a good way to start using Markdown everywhere you type, whether you’re drafting email messages in Gmail or writing blog posts in WordPress. The marketing material positions Markdown Here as a solution for email, but the extension can be used with virtually any website that supports rich text, including Evernote. See the list of compatible websites and services for more information.

To use Markdown Here after installing it, start typing Markdown-formatted text in a form, like a new email message in Gmail. When you’re finished writing the message, right click in the form and select Markdown Toggle, as shown in the screenshot below. Markdown Here will convert your Markdown-formatted text to properly-formatted rich text.

Markdown Here in Gmail

One source of frustration is the inconsistency in rendered output. Since Markdown Here relies on the features provided by whatever rich text editor you happen to be working in, the rendered output varies from website to website. This probably goes without saying, but you should be careful to examine the output before sending your email message or saving your file.

Markdown Here Markdown Support

Markdown Here provides support for the following Markdown elements (as tested in Gmail).

Element Support Notes
Headings Yes
Paragraphs Yes
Line Breaks Yes You can also press the Return key once to achieve the same result.
Bold Yes
Italic Yes
Blockquotes Yes
Ordered Lists Yes
Unordered Lists Yes
Code Yes
Horizontal Rules Yes
Links Yes
Images Yes
Tables Yes
Fenced Code Blocks Yes Syntax highlighting is also supported.
Footnotes No
Heading IDs No
Definition Lists No
Strikethrough Yes
Task Lists No
Automatic URL Linking Yes
Disabling Automatic URL Linking Yes

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