Tuesday, March 29, 2022

Compose with Markdown in Google Docs on web

What’s changing 

In Google Docs, you can now select “Automatically detect Markdown” from Tools > Preferences to enable auto correcting for Markdown syntax, a lightweight markup language for applying formatting using plain text. Currently, Google Docs supports some Markdown syntax, such as: 

  •  * or - followed by a space autocorrects to bullet points 
  • Various ways to start a numbered list similar to Markdown 
  • [] followed by a space autocorrects to checkboxes 

The expanded support will now support autocorrection for: 

  1. Headings
  2. Italic and bold
  3. Bold + italic
  4. Strikethrough
  5. Links

Who’s impacted 

End users 

Why you’d use it 

With this added support, you can create rich text documents faster without having to learn keyboard shortcuts. 

Getting started 

Rollout pace 


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