I would prefer not to use Markdown in the Card Descriptions in Trello as I often use include words that contain underscores. Is there a setting to turn Markdown off?

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You cannot disable Markdown in card descriptions in Trello. However, Markdown allows you to use backslash escapes to generate literal characters which would otherwise have special meaning in Markdown’s formatting syntax. For example, if you wanted to surround a word with literal underscores, you can use backslashes before the underscores, like this:

\_literal underscores\_

The output would be:

_literal underscores_
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    Yes, but it is not fun, when you are copy-paste few such descriptions from another source and you must go through each manually to make it readable.
    – user83240
    Dec 18, 2014 at 11:14

Trello now lets you do code blocks:

your unformatted text here

I use workaround Stylebot with this css code - of course it does not work in mobile applications :-)

.card-detail-item-block * {
    line-height: 18px;
    font-size: 14px;
    font-weight: normal;
  • That would not solve the problem of underscores being interpreted as italic formatting. CSS might be able to turn the font back to normal, but it can't restore the missing underscores.
    – user79865
    Aug 17, 2015 at 19:00
  • Of course not solve it whole - I write only what I use for workaround. 😃
    – Bruno
    Aug 18, 2015 at 15:07
  • Generally, on Stack Exchange one posts answers that actually answer the question asked, not tangential bits of advice.
    – user79865
    Aug 18, 2015 at 15:08

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