Formatting Toolbar and Additional Options

Last Updated: Nov 22, 2016 06:48AM PST
The following formatting options are available for you to use on our site. Many options are available in our toolbar, but there are also a subset of options that can be applied manually if desired.


Bold button

The Bold button will make the selected text thicker, and appear darker. The emphasized text strongly stands out from the rest; it should therefore be used to highlight certain keywords that are important to the subject of the text, for easy visual scanning, e.g,  Bold





Italic button

The Italic button will make the selected text slant to the right. Italics should be used when introducing or defining new terms, for the title of works, or for adding emphasis, e.g., Italic




Underline button


The Underline button will make the selected text appear with a line beneath it.  Underlines should be used when introducing or defining new terms, for the title of works, or for adding emphasis, e.g., Underline



Bulleted/Numbered Lists

Bulleted Lists button

The Bulleted Lists button will apply a bullet to each new line of selected text. Use bulleted lists when the order of the items does not matter,


·             First Item

·             Second item

·             Third Item


[list]First Item

Second Item

Third Item[/list]

Additional Options:

To use formatting within a list, wrap each list item in an item tag, e.g., [list][item]This is a list with one [b]bold[/b] word[/item][/list]

You can also specify whether you would like to use alternate bullet styles, numbers, alpha, or roman numerals for your list items. Nested lists are also supported.

Numbered Lists button

The Numbered list button will automatically apply the appropriate list tag format to create a numbered list. Use numbered lists when the order of operations matters.


list=1, list=a, list=A, list=i, list=I, list=disc, list=circle, list=square


Indent button

The Indent button will move the selected text to the right. This option can also be used on bulleted and numbered lists to create nested lists.



Additional options:

Multi-level indents can be achieved by using nested indent tags or the format “indent=1”, “indent=2”, “indent=3”.


Quote button

The Quote button will allow selected text to be styled as a quotation. Block quotations are used for long quotations. We recommend using a block quotation when extracted text is 100 words or more, or at least eight lines.


[quote] Here’s to the crazy ones — the misfits, the rebels…[/quote]


Link button

The Link and Unlink buttons are used to create and remove hyperlinks. If you have selected text before selecting “Link” the URL will be embedded in the text. You can also insert a link without pre-selecting text, and define the associated text along with the URL.

You can use hyperlinks to link to other information on the Internet. Use the http:// prefix for most web pages, or https:// when linking to secure pages, e.g., Google

Text in the format #a12345 and #c12345 will link to the comment with ID 12345 on the current page. (The former is for question comments and the latter is for comments on other types of content.)





Code Snippets

Style Code button

Using the Style Code button will cause your selected text to be styled as a code snippet. Code snippets use a “monospace” (or “fixed-width”) font that makes them easy to read, all characters are the same width, and we will use scrollbars to keep text in snippets from wrapping to new lines, so that it can easily be copied into an IDE.

Attach File

Attach File button

Use the attach file button to place an image or other type of file into your document. Selecting the button will bring up an interface to find the file on your current system. Once you have found and selected your file and selected “Upload” it will be attached to your content. To embed the file in your content, use the “Embed” link in the file list.

You can also use the “Insert Image” button to immediately embed a file.

Insert Image button

Please be aware that your file will be publicly available once your content has been posted and any files of a sensitive nature should not be used.

Embedded Files
You can specify how your embedded file is displayed by using specific formats in the embed tag.


[embed=doc ID#] - Link only

[embed=image ID#] - Centered thumbnail, if possible

[embed=medium ID#] - Centered thumbnail, 50% width

[embed=small ID#] - Centered thumbnail, 25% width


The strikethrough tag will make the selected text appear with a line through it, e.g., Strikethrough




The subscript tag will make the selected text appear at or below the baseline of text. Subscripts are best known for their use in formulas, mathematical expressions, and specifications of chemical compounds and isotopes, but have many other uses as well, e.g., H2O




The superscript tag will make the selected text appear at or above the baseline of text. Superscripts are best known for their use in formulas, and mathematical expressions, but have many other uses as well, e.g., x2




The highlighting tag adds a yellow background to the selected text.  Use this to emphasize important information.



Heading Levels 

We provide options for headings at the second, third and fourth levels (the title of your content is automatically the first). Use this to introduce new sections of your document.


Heading Level 2: [h2]Heading Level 2[/h2]

Heading Level 3: [h3]Heading Level 3[/h3]

Heading Level 4: [h4]Heading Level 4[/h4]

Alignment Options

The Center, Right Align, and Justify tags will justify a block of text by adjusting the spaces around words to make a paragraph align perfectly with the center of the page, the margins on right side of the page, or the full width of the page, respectively.


Center: [center]centered text[/center]

Right Align: [right]right aligned text[/right]

Justify: [justify]justified text[/justify]

Horizontal Rule

Use a horizontal rule to insert a line across the full width of your text.



Escaping brackets

Escape left brackets by turning [ into []. [] followed immediately by an alphabetical character is decoded to [.


Tags are broken into block tags which may contain any other tag and non-block tags which may contain only other non-block tags. Keep this in mind when formatting your text.

Block tags:

bullet, center, code, embed, h2, h3, h4, indent, justify, list, quote, right, step

Non-block tags:

b, i, mark, s, sub, sup, u, url

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