Medium for Beginners

Pradeep Singh
3 min readMay 9, 2018


All the Tips and Tricks

Medium is an online publishing platform developed by Evan Williams and launched in August 2012. It is owned by A Medium Corporation.

To create an account

Go to and click Sign In / Sign Up. You can sign in or sign up through Twitter, Facebook, Google, or with your email.

To write a Story/Article

  • Go to
  • Click on your profile picture, which will be at right side top corner
  • Click on New story
  • That’s it, start writing your story.

Title of the Article
Enter a title, and subtitle (optional). If you don’t enter a title, the first few words of your post will be used instead. Similarly, for the subtitle.

Text Formatting
To add some basic formatting to your story, highlight/select a word or phrase. This will bring up a text toolbar with available options, such as bold, italic, hyperlink, font-size, quote, private notes.

private notes can only be viewed by the author of the particular story

You can also add a code block by typing ``` (three backticks) on a new line, or create an inline bit of code by typing a single backtick at the beginning and end of the code. (Or select the text, and type a single backtick).

Inserting Images
To insert an image, go to a new line (press enter).

  • A “+” sign will appear to the left.
  • Click on the “camera” icon:

You can also drag and drop single or multiple images into Medium posts or copy/paste single images into a post.

Depending on the size of your image, you’ll be able to test out different placement options from the toolbar.


To embed a URL into a Medium post,

Go to a new line > paste the URL > press Enter.

If a rich version of the embed is supported, it will be rendered automatically, or else it will become a simple embedded link in a box.

Medium also supports third-party embeds from third-party sites, such as

Youtube, Vimeo, Twitter, Vine, Kickstarter, SoundCloud, Instagram,, Github, Gists

Publish the Story/Article

When you’re finished with the writing,

click Publish > add tags (optional) > click Publish again

Keyboard shortcuts for Medium on Windows:

ctrl + alt + 1 → Turns a text block into Heading
ctrl + alt + 2→ Turns a text block into subheading
ctrl + alt + 5 → Press once for block quote, again for a pull quote
ctrl + alt + 6 → Turns a text block into / starts a new Code style
ctrl + alt + 8 → To change an image into a featured image
* + space → Creates an unordered list
1 + . + space → Creates an ordered list
ctrl + ? → Opens a shortcut display

note: select the text which you want to manipulate, before using the following shortcuts

ctrl + B → Turns selected text into bold style
ctrl + K → Adds a new link
ctrl + I → Turns selected text into italic style

A Featured Image is important, because when you share your story, it will be displayed along with the heading and subheading.

Do you have any other trick, please comment below.



Pradeep Singh