Markdown Editor v2 for Visual Studio
Download this extension from the Visual Studio Marketplace or get the CI build.
A full featured Markdown editor with live preview and syntax highlighting. Supports GitHub flavored Markdown.
Live Preview Window
The preview window opens up on the right side of the document when it opens.
Every time the markdown document is modified, the preview window will update.
The preview window is automatically scrolled to match the scroll position of the document. As the document is scrolled up and down, the preview window will follow.
Live preview can be managed in the settings.
All fonts can be changed in Tools -> Options -> Environment -> Fonts and Colors dialog.
GitHub and other flavors
Advanced markdown extensions are supported to give more features to the syntax. This includes pipe tables, emoji, mathematics and a lot more.
You get full IntelliSense for over 1,600 emoji and smiley characters.
The NavigationBar shows all of the document headings, like a table of contents. Select a heading to jump to that section of the document.
Drag 'n drop images
Drag an image directly from Solution Explorer onto the document to insert the appropriate markdown that will render the image.
This is really helpful for copying images from a browser or for inserting screen shots. Simply copy an image into the clipboard and paste it directly into the document. This will prompt you for a file name relative to the document and then it inserts the appropriate markdown.
It will even parse the file name and make a friendly name to use for the alt text.
Any fenced code and HTML blocks can be collapsed, so that this:
...can be collapsed into this:
Ctrl+Alt+R Refresh the preview window.
Ctrl+Alt+K Inserts a new link.
Ctrl+B makes the selected text bold by wrapping it with
Ctrl+I makes the selected text italic by wrapping it with
Ctrl+Space checks and unchecks task list items.
Tab increases indentation of list items.
Shift+Tab decreases indentation of list items.
Ctrl+K,C wraps the selection with HTML comments.
Ctrl+K,U removes HTML comments surrounding the selection/caret.
Relative URLs are validated and will show a red squiggly when they can't be resolved.
The errors will also be listed in the Error List.
Custom styles and template
You can provide your own .CSS and HTML templates used to render the preview window. The extension will look for the files md-styles.css and md-template.html in the same folder and any parent folder. If one or both of these files are found, they are being applied in the preview.
The HTML template must contain the string [content] which is where the rendered markdown will be injected.
You have to refresh the preview window after making changes to the custom CSS and HTML file. You can do that from the markdown editor context menu or by hitting Ctrl+Alt+R.
Right-click anywhere in the markdown document to get easy access to common tasks, such as toggling the preview window scroll sync, see Markdown references, and getting to the settings dialog.
Control the settings for this extension under Tools -> Options -> Text Editor -> Markdown
How can I help?
If you enjoy using the extension, please give it a ★★★★★ rating on the Visual Studio Marketplace.
Should you encounter bugs or if you have feature requests, head on over to the GitHub repo to open an issue if one doesn't already exist.
Pull requests are also very welcome, since I can't always get around to fixing all bugs myself. This is a personal passion project, so my time is limited.
Another way to help out is to sponsor me on GitHub.