When am editing a large Q or A, I find it to be extremely annoying to edit something, and then have to browse/find that edit.

Q: Is there a inline editor option available for the 'stack exchange editor'?



  • What do you mean by "browse/find"? You can always use your browser's Ctrl+F, or Ctrl+End to go to the bottom or Ctrl+Home to go to the top.
    – kiri
    Oct 14, 2013 at 11:49
  • @minerz029 I mean mean adding, a link, editing text, uploading images, the Q/A is simply to big and broad to find a link, image. When i using an inline editor, you can just click where u want to edit. and when browsing down, you can probably set a fixed position for the button bar. so
    – blade19899
    Oct 14, 2013 at 11:53
  • OK, I get what you mean. You want to have the toolbar stick with the scroll position. I guess you don't really need it for markdown. The only time you really need it is for images. (maybe there's an extension or plugin in the browser to save scrolling position)
    – kiri
    Oct 14, 2013 at 11:56

1 Answer 1


Markdown is meant to be intuitive and not need toolbars which MS Word or similar have in abundance. The syntax is simple and meant to just 'work' in the text.

Of the icons in the toolbar, you'll probably only use the img option for uploading images (can't be copy/pasted or dropped). You can also always use keyboard shortcuts to replace this (Ctrl+G for images or Ctrl+K for block code indentation).

It might also be worth writing these shortcuts to a text file (depending on how many long posts you edit):

Key        Description         HTML
Ctrl+B     Bold                <b>
Ctrl+I     Italic              <i>
Ctrl+L     Hyperlink           <a href="http://website">
Ctrl+Q     Blockquote          <blockquote>
Ctrl+K     Preformatted text   <pre><code>
Ctrl+G     Image               <img src="http://image">
Ctrl+O     Ordered list        <ol>
Ctrl+U     Bulleted list       <ul>
Ctrl+H     Heading             <h1> OR <h2>
Ctrl+R     Horizontal rule     <hr>

It may be faster typing the Markdown instead of keyboard shortcuts if you need a list of the keys.

GitHub goes so far as to not have a toolbar at all: GitHub without a toolbar!

  • Right, but, Is there a inline editor option available for the 'stack exchange editor'?, or is there such a feature coming in the near future?
    – blade19899
    Oct 14, 2013 at 13:44
  • @blade I don't know, probably not.
    – kiri
    Oct 14, 2013 at 20:28

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