Speare Support posted on Feb 13 2017 3:08AM

Using Markdown in Speare

Markdown is a great way to format text using a plain text format.

This cheat sheet will show you how to use the most common formatting built into Speare. Once you become familiar with how Speare uses plain text formatting, you'll be able to add style to your content in a way that is meaningful to you and your audience. Let's jump in and learn some markdown.


To create a heading you simply add a pound sign "#" as the first character in the building block.

Here are the various heading styles that can be created when you add a pound sign or more to the front of your building block.
  • One # sign

    Header 1

  • Two # signs

    Header 2

  • Three # signs

    Header 3

Note: you can add up to 5 pound signs at the beginning of a build block to style the whole block.

Italics, Bold, Bold Italics

Italics and Bold can be used to format the whole building block or just a word or phrase in the building block.

To italicize a word simply put a single asterisk on each size of the word or phrase.

To bold a word, put double asterisks on either side of the word or phrase.

To bold italicize a word, you need to put three asterisks on either side of the word or phrase.

Drop Caps

To add a drop cap to a building block you need to put a forward slash "/" as the beginning character in the block.

Drop caps in the first paragraph of your document can make the content on your board look have a stylish look such as you'd find at the beginning of an article or a chapter of a book.


You can turn building blocks into comments by putting two forward slashes "//" at the beginning of the block of characters.

External Links

To create an external link you can put the link caption inside open and close brackets and the link itself inside open and close parenthesis like this [My Link to Speare] (https://speare.com).

Here is a example link that links to Speare.com

Note: make sure you do not have any spaces between the close bracket and the open parenthesis so that it looks like this ](.


Click this link to see how to tag words and phrases in building blocks and boards.