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This article was published on January 27, 2016

GitHub’s new markdown toolbar will make it easy to add context to your comments

GitHub’s new markdown toolbar will make it easy to add context to your comments
Nate Swanner
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TNW's former West Coast writer in the PNW (Portland, Oregon). Nate loves amplifying developers, and codes in Swift when he's not writing. If TNW's former West Coast writer in the PNW (Portland, Oregon). Nate loves amplifying developers, and codes in Swift when he's not writing. If you need to get in touch, Twitter is your best bet.

While you’ve always been able to use markdown syntax for comments on Github, a new toolbar will make it easier for those without basic formatting know-how.

The new toolbar is a WYSIWYG option that will be immediately familiar to those who write via a common CMS like WordPress. You can do things like make text bold, italicized or change the font size.

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Users can also add hyperlinks, or make lists (bulleted or numbered). GitHub-specific options like @mentions and pull request tagging are also available.

The toolbar out now, so look for it next time you’re leaving comments about pull requests or on a codebase.

Improved commenting with Markdown [GitHub]