All Medium editor hacks

The online Medium editor keeps you focussed. It’s meant to keep it simple & professional for readers and writers. Until you come across a use case where the editor is way too limited…

For these cases I created a list of tips, hacks and workarounds to style your blog. All items are presented as a simple instruction. There is for most items a link below each section to more detailed explanations.

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  1. Background Text color (Highlights)
  2. Blur image
  3. Buttons (with a link)
  4. Code blocks
  5. Code highlighting
  6. Dynamic tables (with Gist)
  7. Dynamic tables (with Google Spreadsheet)
  8. Embedding
  9. Emojis
  10. Footnotes
  11. Image grid (Images next to each other)
  12. Keyboard shortcuts
  13. Lists
  14. Markdown
  15. Subtitle
  16. Strike-throughs
  17. Tables
  18. Tables of content
  19. Underlines
  20. Undo
  21. Unicode

Background Text color (Highlights)

Highlighting is like most Word processors.

  1. Left-click your mouse and hold, highlight your chosen text, let go of the mouse button. A little menu pops up.
  2. Click the highlighter icon.

Code highlighting

Like tables, code highlighting can be added through Gists (so a GitHub account is required).

  1. Create a Gist
  2. Make the Gist public and copy the URL
  3. Past the URL into your Medium article

Note there is a browser extension to easily add Gists to Medium:

Dynamic tables (with Gist)

The first option uses GitHub (so it assumes you have a GitHub account).

  1. Create a Gist on GitHub with the following name: filename.csv
  2. Create a table in CSV. For example with:

https://truben.no/table/

3. Past the CSV in the Gist filename.csv

4. Make the Gist public

5. Paste the Gist link in your Medium article

Note there is a browser extension to easily add Gists to Medium:

Dynamic tables (with Google Spreadsheet)

This option uses Google Spreadsheet as an option.

  1. Create a Google spreadsheet
  2. Publicize the spreadsheet
  3. Add the link to https://sheetsu.com/table-for-medium

4. Embed on Medium

Embedding

  1. + sign and then choose embed

2. Copy the URL and paste it into your Medium article

Medium uses embed.ly. URLs that can be embedded are in this list

https://help.medium.com/hc/en-us/articles/214981378-Embeds

Emojis

  1. Go to https://www.webfx.com/tools/emoji-cheat-sheet/
  2. Copy and paste the name into your Medium article 👌

Footnotes

Here I reference to a footnote¹

This is done like this: footnote^1

It doesn’t link to it, but you can make a section for footnotes like explained in the table of content section.

Image grid (Images next to each other)

  1. Click on + sign to select images from your computer
  2. Select multiple files at once
  3. Insert them into your article

Keyboard shortcuts

To find out shortcuts:

  • macOS: ⌘+?
  • Windows: Ctrl+?

A lot of actions can be done using shortcuts. Best to read this article:

Line spacing (single-spaced line break)

1. Write a sentence

2. Shift Enter

Lists

  • A bulleted list can be made by starting a line with * or -
  • And then enter after this line
  1. A numbered list can be made by starting a line with 1.
  2. And then enter after this line

Subtitle

  1. Type your main title
  2. Hit enter and type the next line
  3. Select this line and click on the small “T”.

Tables

The simplest way to add a table to your article is by taking a screenshot:

  1. Create a table with Excel, Google Spreadsheet or somewhere online (for example https://app.diagrams.net/).

2. Create a screenshot with a snipping tool

3. Copy/Insert the screenshot to your article

Tables of content

The basic idea of creating a table of content is:

  1. Divide your article into sections (+ → Add a new part).
  2. Put your mouse on the section divider, right-click and choose Inspect. Get the name of the section which is something like ‘2a6d’.
  3. Put the Section name in your article URL:

https://medium.com/p/[Articlecode][#SectionName]

For example for this article to the next divider

https://medium.com/p/4b04c28d6144/#2a6d

4. Now you put this URL in any link

Does always work very well, but hey it’s a hack.

Detailed explanation of the hack:

https://medium.com/@AllienWorks/creating-table-of-contents-for-medium-articles-5f9087377b82

https://medium.com/better-marketing/how-to-build-a-working-table-of-contents-for-your-medium-articles-c217e33d4da3

Undo

Basically while writing just Ctrl Z

After publishing:

  1. Edit article

2. Click on … button and then choose “See revision history”

Unicode

  1. Go to https://yaytext.com
  2. Write your text and copy it
  3. Paste it in your article

Extra tips

To become a pro I recommended checking the embedded help:

  • macOS: ⌘+?
  • Windows: Ctrl+?

And also learn the toolbar by heart:

If you find another hack, please add one to the comments below.

More reading:

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