Skip to main content
Wave Success Center by McKinsey

Content Formatting

When you are building initiatives (or milestones, activities, etc.), the following formatting tips can help you make your content more readable.

There are a number of special characters you can use to format your text. Note that these formatting options only apply to large text boxes, such as descriptions in the Overview tab. You will see the results of your formatting when you click out of the box you are updating.

Bulleted List

To create a bulleted list, prefix each line with a * or - character, then leave space before you start your text.

* Monday
* Tuesday 
* Wednesday



Indented List

To create an indented, bulleted list, add double spaces (or multiples of double spaces) then the bullet and the space before you start your text.

* bullet point
  * indented bullet point
    * further indented bullet point


Markdown update 8.png


Ordered List

Use "1." and spaces to create an ordered, numbered list.

1. ordered item
    1. ordered sub-item
    1. ordered sub-item
1. ordered item
1. ordered item


Markdown update 9.png


Text Formatting

To bold and/or italicize text, add either * or _ before and after the text as shown below.

**bold text**
__bold text__
*italicized text*
_italicized text_



You can strike through text with ~~ before and after the text.



Markdown update 1.1.png



If you wish to highlight quoted text, use > as follows.

> This is the first paragraph of a quote.
> This is the second paragraph of a quote.
> > Which contains a nested quote.
> This is the last paragraph of a quote,
  which is a bit longer, but still renders as 1 single line.


Markdown update 7.png


Divider Line

To insert a divider line, enter three dashes --- in a new line.





To create a heading, prefix the text with # (or multiple #) and a space.

# title 1
## title 2
### title 3
#### title 4
##### title 5
###### title 6


Markdown update 2.png



To hyperlink text, type [text to be hyperlinked](full URL with https://).

[Visit Wave Success Center!](




To organize text within a table, use pipes |  and hyphens --- to delineate columns. 

| First Header  | Second Header |
| --- | --- |
| Content Cell  | Content Cell |
| Content Cell  | Content Cell |



You can align text in the columns by including colons : to the left, right or on both sides of the hyphens in the header row.

| First Header | Second Header | Third Header |
| :-- | --: | :--: |
| Content align left | Content align right | Content align center |
| text | text | text |
| text | text | text |



You can further customize your table contents using bold or italic text or adding hyperlinks.



Set off text, such as code or other content, in a block using backticks or spaces.

Use 3 backticks:

This is supposed to be code,
on 2 lines.


Markdown update 3.png

Use 4 spaces (no need for backticks):

    This is code also,
    spread on 2 lines.


Markdown update 4.png

Use 4 spaces or more for better indentation (no need for backticks):

        This should be
        code, spread on 3 lines.


Markdown update 5.png

Inline code is can be created with a single backtick

And we also support `inline code` with a single backtick


Markdown update 6.png