Markdown is a text formatting method that is intended to be easy to use and easy to read, because it doesn't clutter up the text too much, and looks like what it means. The "notes" section of our transcripts supports Markdown. Here are a few examples of common Markdown syntax.

Enclosing a word in *asterisks* or _underscores_ will make it italic.

Enclosing a word in double **asterisks** or __underscores__ will make it bold

(You can also combine them, _like **this**_ )

Headers can be created by underlining text with "=" or "-" signs, like this:

Header 1

Header 2

Headers can also be created by preceding the header text with hash marks:

### Header 3

The number of hash marks corresponds to headers 1-6. You may also choose to enclose the header in hashes, but the preceding number is what determines the header number.

#### Header 4 ##

A horizontal rule may be created be entering a line of 3 or more asterisks, hyphens or underscores. You may include spaces in between each if you wish as well. Here are some examples:

* * * 


- - -



One important rule to remember is that if you want the characters used in Markdown to not affect your text, you'll need to precede them with a slash. For example, if you don't want *this* to appear as an italic this, you must enter it like \*this\* and that will cancel the formatting.

Check out the Mastering Markdown Guide for more information on Markdown.

And enjoy including Markdown formatting in your transcript notes!