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Markdown editor

Issue descriptions and comments support full Markdown.

Linear app showing the create issue modal with formatting options

We support almost all Markdown elements in our text editor. Write in Markdown or paste it directly and it will be converted into rich text automatically. Read more about Markdown and access full capabilities here. You can also apply styling with a toolbar, which will pop up after you highlight a word or phrase.

See below for keyboard shortcuts or search specific ones with ?

These styles can be applied using keyboard shortcuts or by highlighting text to bring up a styling toolbar:

  • **text** or Cmd/Ctrl B for bold text
  • _text_ or Cmd/Ctrl I or Cmd/Ctrl > for italicized text
  • ~text~ or Cmd/Ctrl D to strikethrough text
  • *, -, or then space or Cmd/Ctrl Shift 8 for a bulleted list
  • 1. or Cmd/Ctrl Shift 9 for a numbered list
  • [] or Cmd/Ctrl Shift 7 for a checklist
  • > then Space for blockquotes
  • Cmd/Ctrl K Turn text into link (or directly paste issue or URLs for clickable links)
  • # then Space Heading 1
  • ## then Space Heading 2
  • ### then Space Heading 3
  • Cmd/Ctrl U for underlined text
  • Cmd/Ctrl Shift C for inline code
  • Code or Cmd/Ctrl Shift \\ for a code block
  • ___ then space for a horizontal divider

We do not offer official support for Markdown tables and do not recommend pasting tables in directly. Use Cmd A to select all content if you need to delete an improperly formatted table.

  • Cmd/Ctrl A to select all content in an issue (to copy or delete)
  • Cmd/Ctrl Z to undo typing
  • Cmd/Ctrl Shift Z to redo typing
  • Cmd Shift A to attach an image or file
  • Copy the issue description in Markdown by opening the command menu (Cmd/Ctrl K) when viewing the issue and selecting the command copy issue in markdown
  • Shift Enter to generate a line break

Add emojis to descriptions or comments with our native emoji picker or by typing : followed by the emoji name, such as :100: for 💯 and :+1: for 👍 .

Write @name to mention a user in a description or comment. This will send a notification to their Inbox and subscribe them to the issue. We only support single user mentions at the moment, not user groups.

Write +document or +project to link documents and projects in issue descriptions, comments, or other project documents. A dropdown will appear once you type the first letter of a document or project name after +.

Reference issues inline by typing # followed by part of the title or the issue ID. Typing the issue issue ID then Enter will also link it in the editor. Referenced issues are added as related issues automatically.