Frequently Asked Questions

What is the difference between the desktop app and the online version?

Desktop App runs offline and can work directly on local files. It also allows you to have several documents open at the same time, organized in tabs.

The core of the editor has been redesigned, offering a smoother writing experience, and allowing unlimited redo and undo.

There are also features that are only available in Desktop App, such as to-do lists or word count targets.

What formats are supported?

Calmly Writer can import and export to HTML, plain text, markdown and Microsoft Word™ .docx. The application also allows you to export PDF.

What keyboard shortcuts can I use?

Ctrl -
⌘ -
Zoomout to get an overview of your writing
Ctrl UCalmly Online Get the HTML code of your document
In Desktop App, to get the HTML or markdown code, use the right-click context menu.
Ctrl P
⌘ P
Ctrl B
⌘ B
Make text bold or remove bold formatting
Ctrl I
⌘ I
Make text italic or remove italic formatting
Ctrl F
⌘ F
Search within your document
Ctrl O
⌘ O
Open document
Ctrl S
⌘ S
⌘ ⌃ F
Turn on/off Full Screen
Ctrl Z
⌘ Z
Ctrl Y
⌘ Y
Ctrl V
⌘ V
Ctrl Shift V
⌘ ⌥ ⇧ V
Paste without formatting

How to apply formatting with markdown?

#type your headline (insert a level 1 header)
##type your headline (insert a level 2 header)
###type your headline (insert a level 3 header)
*italic text*
**bold text**
***italics and bold together***
> blockquote text
* bulleted list item
1.ordered list item

How do I insert the images?

In Calmly Online you can embed images with option 'Insert picture' in the main menu.

In Desktop App you can both embed images and link them via the right-click context menu.

Can I create to-do lists?

Only in Desktop App: You can enter checkboxes by typing [ ] or [x]

How can I change the direction of writing?

Use the right-click context menu.

Is it possible to open and save documents in the cloud?

Since Desktop App can work directly on local files, you only need to save the documents in your Google Drive or Dropbox folder (having installed some of these applications).

Calmly Online can open and save documents in Google Drive.

What is OpenDyslexic Mode?

It is an option to use the OpenDyslexic font in Calmly Writer, which improves readability for users with dyslexia.

Suggestions and bugs?

We appreciate user suggestions and requests for improvements. If you have features you would like to see added, or experience a bug for reporting, please send us a message to or @CalmlyWriter. Thank you!