If you are a writer, or want to be, you have probably heard of Markdown. I have had the
privilege of converting a ton of stuff to Markdown. This often takes a long time–and while I don’t regret the way I did it–now when I’m in a hurry, I have a new method.
There is a tool that has been around for while (over four years), that can make this process much quicker and easier.
Today, I’m going to convert the text below from a google doc into markdown.
Practice Blog Post
This is a practice blog post. Today, I am going to turn it into markdown, by running a script as a test. Here is a link (CMD + k = to add link) to the repo I will be using.
Step One: Make a new google doc and copy the text above to it.
Step Two: Highlight the word ‘link’ and press (Cmd + k) to add a link.
Step Three: Make the title a header, and bold some words. I bolded
running a script, but you can bold any words you would like.
Step Four: Click tools and then click ‘Script editor.’
Step Five: Delete any code in the editor and press (Cmd + s) save.
Step Six: Paste the code from this function and save (Cmd + s).
Step Seven: Click run, and then click convert to Markdown.
Step Eight: An email will come to your inbox with the markdown file. Congratulations!
*Here is a link to the repo created by Mangini.
*Video is a link to a Youtube video of this process.
Disclaimer: The first time I did this, I didn’t think it worked. So, I did the markdown by hand (took about 20 min). Only to wake up the next morning to find the markdown email in my inbox. Which I did not check, because I didn’t think it worked 😅.
Matthew is a software developer and tech news enthusiast. He spends most of his time developing software, watching sports and drinking coffee. You will probably find him at a coffee shop or the library.