How do I use Markdown in my Curate newsletter?

Markdown is a text-to-HTML language used for the formatting and styling text. With Curate, you can use Markdown to add in additional customization for the text in your newsletter.

You can use Markdown in the "Text Area" for the introduction of your message. When you first tap to edit text in your message, you will see the option to use Markdown. Tap the Markdown button in the top-right for more information.

Markdown icon

This will bring up our Markdown cheatsheet, which you can scroll through for help.

Markdown cheat sheet

What does Markdown look like?

Markdown a plain text formatting tool that employs a specific syntax to make formatting and styling changes. As a simple conversion tool, you will be able to use hashtags #, astericks *, underscores _, as well as other options to enclose a specific section of text. By surrounding the text you are telling Curate to add certain styling to the text.


You can designate different headline text using the #. There can be up to six different headline sizes. For our example we will show how the text appears in the "Text Area":

Headlines in Markdown

And the "Preview" section for how the message is sent:

Preview text in Markdown

Note how the text in your "Text Area" will be rendered in the "Preview". This is Markdown formatting the text.

Font Styles

You have several options to add emphasis to your text using Markdown. Asterisks and underscores can be used to designate your text as bold or italic in the message.

Here is how the text will appear in the "Text Area":

Bold and italicizing in Markdown

And here is how it will be rendered in your message when sent:

How the message appears when sent

These styles can also be combined, which would appear as this in the "Text Area":

More styles in the text area

And render as this when the message is sent:

Rendering of more styles


Using Markdown, you also have the option to add hyperlinks to a message. The easiest way is to do an inline-style link. That will appear in the "Text Area" as:

Hyperlinking with Markdown

And will render in your message as a clickable link:

Rendering a hyperlink


Though images will automatically be pulled from any curated article containing them, you can also add images directly to your newsletter using Markdown. An example  in the "Text Area" would be as followed:

Adding images with Markdown

And will render in your message as the actual image:

Rendering of the images


If you would like to add a list to your newsletter, that can be accomplished as well. You have the option of an Ordered List or an Unordered List. For an Ordered list, the "Text Area" will appear as:

Adding lists with Markdown

In the message, it will render as followed:

Rendering lists when sent

The syntax for an unordered list will look different. In the "Text Area" it will appear as:

Unordered list syntax

And will render in your message as followed:

Rendering the unordered list when sent

Note: You can use an *, a + sign, or - to add unordered items to your list.

Horizontal Rule

A Horizontal Rule will appear as a divider between your text, and can be used to add emphasis to specific statements, or break apart different thoughts. In the "Text Area" the rule will appear as:

Horizontal rule in Markdown

And will render in the image as followed:

Rendering the message when sent

Note: You can use hyphens -, asterisks *, or underscores to add a horizontal rule to your text.

Block Quotes

If you would like to a section of your newsletter that is separated visually from the rest, that can be accomplished by setting it to a block quote. In the "Text Area" that will appear as:

Block quotes in Markdown

And it will render as followed in the sent newsletter:

rendering the message when sent

Congratulations! You've added some new style and formatting to your Curate newsletter. That being said, there are a number of other options available when using Markdown, and this website is a great resource for getting acquainted with the overall syntax of Mardown.

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