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5 Ways to Get More Out of Bear

Tap the full potential of this elegant text editor.

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Bear may be one of the most elegant text editors out there, but don’t let its simple interface fool you. The app is packed with powerful features. Here are five every Bear user needs to know.

1. Organize with tags

To keep your notes sorted, Bear uses tags rather than folders. This approach might take a moment to wrap your head around but gives you a lot more flexibility. For example, instead of a note having to live in a single folder (like “To Do”), assign it multiple tags (#todo #work #urgent). And you can add a hashtag on the fly without interrupting your writing flow: Simply type it anywhere in your note.

2. Style like Markdown

Bear stores notes in plain text, but you can still add styles and formatting like bold, italics, headings, links, and lists. You just have to learn a few simple text notations.

To italicize a word, for example, surround it with forward slashes (/hello/); for bold, use asterisks (*hello*). Create a bulleted list by starting each new line with an asterisk.

One advantage of using these Markdown-like tags is that there will be fewer formatting quirks if you transfer your writing elsewhere—whether a blog post, email, or PDF. It’s also easier to move your notes to another program for addditonal editing.

Assign your custom tags their own icon.

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