Format CDA Special Instructions

You can format CDA Special Instructions to show bolding, italics, line-breaks, links, lists, etc. using markdown formatting.

What is Markdown?

Markdown is an easy way of formatting plain text so that it can be rendered in a richer visual style by software such as Paperless Pipeline while still being human readable.

How to format CDA Special Instructions from the Commission & CDA Settings page

  1. Click [ADMIN/SETTINGS] to access the Admin page.
  2. Click [MANAGE LOCATIONS] from the left menu.
  3. Go to the desired location, click the [GEAR] icon, and select “CDA Settings”.
  4. Scroll down to the “CDA Instructions” section. You can enter markdown-formatted text into the “CDA instructions (to be shown above Payables)” and “CDA instructions (to be shown below Payables)” fields.
  5. Enter your text and markdown, then click [SAVE SETTINGS] to complete the process.

This is how the markdown-formatted text will appear on the CDA:

Markdown Formatting Examples

Emphasizing Text (Bold, Italics)

Text surrounded by asterisks or underscores will appear in italics.

This text: *asterisks* or _underscores_.

Will appear like this: asterisks or underscores.

Text surrounded by double asterisks or double underscores will appear in bold.

This text: **asterisks** or double  __underscores__.

Will appear like this: asterisks or double underscores.

Numbered and Bulleted Lists

This will appear as a numbered list as you would expect:

1. First item
2. Second item
3. Third item

This will appear as a bulleted list:

- First item
- Second item
- Third item

Web Links

Create links to other websites like this:

[Name of the site](URL-of-the-link)

For example, when you link to Google like this:

[Google rocks my world!](

It will appear like this:

Google rocks my world!

Horizontal Lines

Create a line using three or more dashes or underscores:


The line will be shown like this:


Line-breaks / Paragraphs

Just hit <Enter> a couple of times to separate one block of text from another i.e. to create paragraphs as you would do naturally.