Application Settings


The application theme determines the application major theme for the window and controls.

  • Dark
  • Light

Any changes made to the ApplicationTheme requires a restart of Markdown Monster to properly render all the theme changes.


The theme used by the Markdown editor. A variety of themes can be used including twilight,visualstudio,github,monokai, mono_industrial. You can also change the editor theme via the drop down on the bottom right of the form. These themes are stored in the Editor\scripts folder with a theme-.


The theme used by the HTML Preview browser. Several themes are available including Dharkan, Blackout, GitHub, Hipster. You can also change the preview theme via the drop down on the bottom right of the form. These themes are fairly simple plain HTML themes and can be easily created or modified to match whatever style you want to see in the previewer. Look in the PreviewThemes folder.


Determines if and how the Preview window is synced with the editor. The following values can be used:

  • EditorToPreview
  • PreviewToEditor
  • EditorAndPreview
  • None


If true opens all documents in a single window. This is the default and preferred mode to operation Markdown Monster, but you can also force MM to open every opened externally in a new instance of Markdown Monster.

Note if running without SingleWindow mode you may see inconsistent behavior in the Recent Documents list if multiple instances are open.


If set to true starts the editor in presentation mode that displays the rendered HTML in full screen mode.


If set the true all preview links that are http:// or https:// links are opened externally in your default system Web browser. If false links open in the previewer. We recommend you leave the default of true.


If true displays the full path to the open file. Default is false.


This flag lets you configure what UI components are hidden in distraction free mode as well as a couple of mode settings (maximized and maxwidth:width). Distraction free mode is accessed via the icon on the Window bar or via Alt-Shift-Enter.

This option takes a comma delimited list of the following values you can hide:


Each of the items included is hidden (except for maximized and maxwidth obviously). Any of these values included hide the corresponding UI item. Any option can be left out to not hide that item.

maximized when provided maximizes the window, maxwidth:970 allows you to specify a maxwidth for the editor's content area which allows you to optionally provide lots of whitespace around text as is common in distraction free modes. The number is the width in pixels.


If true automatically saves documents to disk as you type. Document and file are always nearly in sync (except for the 1 second or so no-typing delay before text is updated). This setting overrides the AutoSaveBackups option if set. No backups are created if this option is true.


Set this option to true to backup your working files while you are working, but before they are saved. In case of a crash the backup document is opened in addition to the actual document so you can compare or choose the recovered content. No backups are created if AutoSaveDocuments is true.


Determines whether the Preview is always refreshed fully or (default) just replacing the existing content. The default behavior of content replacement is quicker with less flicker, but cannot update embedded scripts or other dynamic content.

If you are embedding dynamic content that includes script tags or expanding widgets set this flag to true.


Lets you specify an image editor to edit images. Used for right clicking on images in your Markdown text, or via the Folder Browser. Defaults to Paint.NET if installed, otherwise falls back to Paint as the default.


Optionally lets you specify an external image viewer. Defaults to null which uses the system viewer (Photos typically). Note that MM automatically previews images in the editor as you click on them so this is not required often.


This allows you to explicitly specify a Web Browser executable to launch an external preview. If this value is null it'll use the system default. Defaults to discovered location of Chrome or FireFox if installed, otherwise null.


Determines the executable used to open a folder or folder file location in Windows. Defaults to Explorer.exe but can be any other Explorer replacement shell you use.

TerminalCommand and TerminalCommandArgs

The TerminalCommand is the command interpreter used which defaults to Powershell. The arguments are the stock arguments to open the shell in a specific folder.


  "TerminalCommand": "powershell.exe",
  "TerminalCommandArgs": "-noexit -command \"cd '{0}'\"",


  "TerminalCommand": "cmd.exe",
  "TerminalCommandArgs": "/k cd /D \"{0}\"",

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