Format text

Formatting stories on Medium is super simple—just select the text you want to format and choose the relevant option from the toolbar. Below you'll find all the formatting options offered by the editor on your platform.

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Select the text you want to format to open the text toolbar and click the B button to apply the formatting. You can also use the keyboard shortcut ⌘ + B / Ctrl + B.


Select the text you want to format to open the text toolbar and click the button to apply the formatting. You can also use the keyboard shortcut ⌘ + i / Ctrl + i.

Headers and subheaders

Select the text and click the large or small T icon from the pop-up menu. Click it again to remove formatting.

Header shortcut: ⌘ + Alt + 1 / Ctrl + Alt + 1
Subheader shortcut: ⌘ + Alt + 2 / Ctrl + Alt + 2


Click the " (quotation mark) icon from pop-up menu. To use a large or pull-out quote style, select the text and click " icon twice from pop-up menu. You can also remove quote formatting by selecting the text and clicking the " icon until text returns to default.

Keyboard shortcut: ⌘ + Alt + 5 / Ctrl + Alt + 5


To create a hyperlink in your post, select the text you want to convert into a link to open the text toolbar, click on the chain icon 🔗 in the toolbar to hyperlink the selected text, paste or type in a link (e.g.,, and press Enter.

To add a link to an image, click it to select and press ⌘ + K / Ctrl + K.


Simple bulleted and numbered lists in posts are also supported on Medium.

  • To begin a bulleted list, go to a new line, type in * (asterisk), and press Space.
  • To begin a numbered list, go to a new line, type in 1. (numeral one, period), and press Space.

For either type, pressing Enter at the end of a line will begin another item. Press Enter again to escape list formatting.

Note: Numbered lists cannot be continued after a section break, or between images.

Code blocks & inline code

To begin a code block, go to a new line and type ``` (triple backtick).

For inline code in a paragraph, type a single backtick ` to begin and end your code. Or highlight some text and press the backtick key.

Keyboard shortcut: ⌘ + option + 6 / Ctrl + alt + 6.

Note: Code blocks do not support syntax highlighting. To embed code with syntax highlighting on Medium, try using Github Gists,, or JSfiddle embeds. To do this, paste your snippet URL from one of those sources to a new line in the editor and press Enter.


To add an emoji to your post, type in a colon, followed by the name of your favorite emoji.

Tip! Check out the emoji cheat sheet to find the names of all the supported emoji.

Drop caps

To add drop caps, select a paragraph and click on the drop caps icon in the menu bar that pops up:


Custom drop caps

You can also upload a custom image drop cap instead. Here's how:

  1. Follow the steps above.
  2. Click on the drop cap letter itself until a green border appears.
  3. From your desktop, drag the custom image file you'd like to use in place of your drop cap directly onto the green box.
  4. Your custom image will now appear in its place.
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