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How to Make a List in Markdown?

Last updated on Friday, 12th July 2024

How to Make a List in Markdown?
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How to Make a List in Markdown?

Markdown is a simple and intuitive way to format text, that is used by many professionals for writing documentation, creating web pages in HTML, and taking notes. It is popular among developers, writers, and students for its simplicity and versatility. Creating lists in Markdown can be either ordered or unordered. This guide covers all the methods available to make lists on Markdown.

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Unordered Lists

Unordered lists are simple lists where the order of items doesn’t matter. To create an unordered list in Markdown, you can use asterisks (*), plus signs (+), or hyphens (-) followed by a space. The preferred convention in Supernotes is to use hyphens since they are not used for other marks. Here’s an example:

Using Hyphens

- Item 1
- Item 2
- Item 3

Using Asterisks

* Item 1
* Item 2
* Item 3

Using Plus Signs

+ Item 1
+ Item 2
+ Item 3

When rendered, all these examples will appear as:

Simple Unordered List

Nested Unordered Lists

To create a nested list, indent the sub-items with two spaces:

- Item 1
  - Subitem 1
  - Subitem 2
- Item 2

Rendered, it looks like this:

Nested Unordered List

Ordered Lists

Ordered lists are numbered lists where the order of items is significant. To create an ordered list in Markdown, use numbers followed by a period and a space:

1. First item
2. Second item
3. Third item

Rendered, it looks like this:

Simple Ordered List

Nested Ordered Lists

For nested ordered lists, indent the sub-items with four spaces:

1. First item
    1. Subitem 1
    2. Subitem 2
2. Second item

Mixed Lists

You can also mix ordered and unordered lists. Here’s an example:

1. First item
    - Subitem 1
    - Subitem 2
2. Second item
    - Subitem 1
        1. Nested subitem 1
        2. Nested subitem 2

Rendered, it looks like this:

Mixed Lists

Creating lists in Markdown is straightforward and versatile, which allows you to not only organize information clearly, but to communicate your ideas with intention.

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