Google Docs getting expanded Markdown support and auto-detection on the web

Markdown is a “lightweight markup language for applying formatting using plain text.” Google Docs already recognizes some Markdown syntax, and is now expanding its support.

In addition to * or – for bullet points, numbered lists, and [] for checkboxes, expanded Markdown  support in Google Docs on the web (no mention of the mobile apps) now allows for:

  • Headings
  • Italic and bold
  • Bold + italic
  • Strikethrough
  • Links

On the web, Tools > Preferences features a new “Automatically detect Markdown” setting to “enable auto correcting”/conversions to the syntax. It’s an alternative to using the Google Docs toolbar and learning other service-specific shortcuts as Markdown knowledge can be applied in other applications.. 

This expanded Markdown support starts rolling out today and should be fully live for the Google Docs web client ( over the next two weeks or so.

Available to all Google Workspace customers, as well as legacy G Suite Basic and Business customer Available to users with personal Google Accounts. 

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