Shortcuts for Formatting Text

At a Glance

Use markdown shortcuts when formatting text in your tasks.



Often it’s not just what you say but how you say it, and that’s certainly true when it comes to presenting your tests to contributors.

To help make your tasks and questions even easier to follow and understand, we’ve compiled a list of formatting shortcuts that help you display symbols and links, and emphasize important phases or steps. Formatting is available on website or prototype test tasks but does not work in screener questions.  

Markdowns and formatting will work for desktop and mobile tests.


  • Markdown may not work for all browsers.
  • We recommend always previewing and piloting your test before officially launching it to contributors.
  • These shortcuts are not valid when creating screener questions.
  • The shortcuts will work on a Mac and a PC.


Add headers to tasks and questions to help break up longer portions of text. The more ‘#’s the smaller the header.

Code: # , ##, ###, ####, ######



Code: *insert word here* 

*italics*        italics  

Other Option: _insert word_

_italics_        italics


Code:  **insert word here**

**bold**    bold 

Bold and Italics

Code: ***insert word here***
***bold and italics*** bold and italics

Inserting Links

Code: [Insert Text Here] (insert http://www link here)
[I'm an inline-style link](/hc/en-us/articles/11880344431261-Messaging-a-UserTesting-Contributor) I'm an inline-style link

Numbered Lists

Code: <ol><li>Bird</li><li>Cat</li></ol>
  1. Bird
  2. Cat

Unnumbered Lists

Code: <ul><li>Dog</li><li>Cat</li></ul>
  • Dog
  • Cat



Code: &copy;



Code: &reg;



Code: &trade;


Inserting a linebreak

Code: shift+return
Other Option: <br>

Note: Certain special characters interfere with how our recorder handles text files. We suggest avoiding the following characters: <>, [], or {}.

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