While writing an issue in a GitHub repository, how can I:

  • Select a piece of text
  • And press something so that it is treated as code?

For example, here in Stack Exchange I can select a piece of text and press "Ctrl + K" to mark it as code. If I do this in GitHub markdown, it will mark it as a URL instead.

github markdown shortcut code

  • PS: There is a similar question to this one, but it treats code formatting, which is about spacing before the text. Commented Jan 8, 2019 at 15:33
  • Relevant.
    – Alex
    Commented Jan 8, 2019 at 15:56

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In the GitHub editor, a button that looks like <> simply inserts a grave accent ` (also known as a "backtick") around the selected text. I don't see that there's a keyboard shortcut for it, though.

It seems far simpler to me to just add ` before and after your code block. (Which, incidentally, works the same way here.)

The list of available GitHub keyboard shortcuts

  • Thanks @ale, I know how to do it manually, a pitty that there are no shortcuts for it, because I use it a lot. Commented Jan 8, 2019 at 16:58
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    I have contacted GitHub support, suggesting a keyboard shortcut for code. Commented Jan 8, 2019 at 17:06
  • This is a very dissatisfying answer. I too am looking for a keyboard shortcut for this. Stating that you find it simple not to use a shortcut is not an answer. People who ask this and search for this don't see it that way.
    – Lukas
    Commented Aug 27, 2019 at 10:41
  • @LucasBustamante did you get any feedback?
    – Lukas
    Commented Aug 27, 2019 at 10:43

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