I see people use it but I do not see it listed in the markdown help nor in the toolbar.

Looks like this:

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  • FWIW there's a feature request asking for the keyboard button highlighter to be available on the toolbar meta.superuser.com/questions/1454/…
    – Sathyajith Bhat Mod
    Commented Oct 27, 2010 at 2:45
  • ...also there's a good trick to use when you want to "steal" a syntax: Just use edit button to see the Markdown code but don't make any changes :) Commented Jan 23, 2012 at 4:23

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That is probably the <kbd> HTML tag:

  • code:

  • result:


The outline part of the formatting is disabled on MSO (and MSU, is seems) due to people abusing it to draw pictures and such.

  • Ahhh ok. That explains your results not matching what I've seen in the past. Is it somewhere in the documentation? Perhaps I missed it. Or is this just community knowledge? Commented Oct 27, 2010 at 2:01
  • Under “Inline HTML”, the “markdown help” page says “Note that we only support a very strict subset of HTML!”. The last bit is a link to the MSO page that says which tags are supported, but it does not hint at the special styling applied to <kbd>. Commented Oct 27, 2010 at 2:08
  • Thank you very much Mr. Johnsen! Appreciate the clarification. Commented Oct 27, 2010 at 11:33

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