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    Markdown editor

    Alias: Umbraco.MarkdownEditor

    Returns: System.Web.HtmlString

    This built-in editor allow the user to use the markdown formatting options, from within a tinyMCE-like interface.

    Data Type Definition Example

    Definition Example

    There are two settings available for manipulating the Markdown editor property.

    • Preview toggles if a preview of the markdown should be displayed beneath the editor in the content view.
    • Default value is inserted if no content has been saved to the document type using this property editor.

    Content Example

    Content Example

    Explanation of buttons from left to right

    Function Shortcut Further explanation
    toggle bold text Ctrl + B
    toggle italic text Ctrl + I
    insert link Ctrl + L This opens the Select Link interface.
    toggle quote Ctrl + Q
    toggle code block Ctrl + K
    insert image Ctrl + G This opens the Select Media interface.
    toggle ordered list Ctrl + O
    toggle unordered list Ctrl + U
    toggle heading Ctrl + H This toggles between h1, h2 and off.
    toggle a hr
    undo Ctrl + Z
    redo Ctrl + Y

    Other functionality

    Function Shortcut
    select all Ctrl + A
    copy Ctrl + C
    paste Ctrl + V

    MVC View Example

    With Modelsbuilder


    Without Modelsbuilder


    Add values programmatically

    See the example below to see how a value can be added or changed programmatically. To update a value of a property editor you need the Content Service.

        // Get access to ContentService
        var contentService = Services.ContentService;
        // Create a variable for the GUID of the page you want to update
        var guid = Guid.Parse("32e60db4-1283-4caa-9645-f2153f9888ef");
        // Get the page using the GUID you've defined
        var content = contentService.GetById(guid); // ID of your page
        // Create markdown value
        var markdownValue = new HtmlString("#heading  \n**strong text**");
        // Set the value of the property with alias 'myMarkdownEditor'. 
        content.SetValue("myMarkdownEditor", markdownValue);
        // Save the change

    Although the use of a GUID is preferable, you can also use the numeric ID to get the page:

        // Get the page using it's id
        var content = contentService.GetById(1234); 

    If Modelsbuilder is enabled you can get the alias of the desired property without using a magic string:

        // Set the value of the property with alias 'myMarkdownEditor'
        content.SetValue(Home.GetModelPropertyType(x => x.MyMarkdownEditor).Alias, markdownValue);