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Creating Section Headers in Podio

If you're working in big Podio apps with lots of fields, section breaks will avoid confusion and break up the items into visually recognizable segments.

While Podio has no field type for such section breaks, you can easily create them with calculation fields and some Markdown.

 

  1. Modify the app template

  2. Create a calculation field

  3. You can give this calculation a title that provides a visual distinction
    • ▷ visual dividers like "--------" or ">>>>>>"
    • ▷ a distinctive symbol, e.g. a Unicode symbol like ♦ or ▶
      (Unicode symbols can be used freely in field names)

  4. Reference a field (if you don't, the calculation won't work)
    • Start the statement with //, so it is seen as a JavaScript comment & the reference will remain invisible
    • You can use any field name. As a convention, we use @Unique ID, since this reference exists in any app.

  5. Add your content in Markdown. Markdown is a simple way to create formatted text in the calculation field's plain text editor. Put each element between quotation marks and separated by a plus (+) sign
    • ▷ "# Section": creates a section header in H1 style
    • ▷ "n": starts a new line
    • ▷ "---": displays a full-width horizontal line
    • ▷ "*text*": displays text in italics
    • ▷ "**text**": displays bold text
    • ▷ "- list item": displays an item in a bullet list
    • ▷ "[link_name](link_url)": creates a hyperlink

  6. Save the app template. Your section header will appear in every item of the app as soon as it has been created. In items you're still creating, the section breaks are not visible yet.

Examples


Here are few examples of section breaks created with calculation fields, along with the code you need.

1) Title

A basic section header, with the title formatted as H1

simple section header

2) Horizontal line

Draw a horizontal line to divide the item into sections, without title.

Podio section break with horizontal line

3) Title + Horizontal line

Create a title followed by a horizontal line

Podio section break: title + horizontal line

4) Horizontal line + Title

Maybe you'd rather have the title underneath the horizontal line? With some whitespace between both?

Podio section break: horizontal line + title

5) Title between horizontal lines

Or you'd rather have the title between two horizontal lines?

Podio section break: title between horizontal lines

6) Title, horizontal line & description

You can also add a description to the section header, e.g. in italics:

Podio section break: title, horizontal line & description

7) Instructions section

Combining insights from all of the above, you can turn your calculation field into a distinct instructions section

Podio section break: title, horizontal line & description
Podio section break: title, horizontal line & description

Advanced


You can also create more visually distinctive section headers with Dummy Image, or embed a self-hosted image with Markdown.

Keep in mind, though, that such headers will not be displayed in Podio's Android / iOS apps, so be sure to use them in the Podio web version only.

Dummy Image header

You can also embed dummy image code with Markdown. This way, you can make a more distintive, colored header.

Podio section break: title, horizontal line & description

This piece of calculation field code explains exactly how it works:

Podio section break: title, horizontal line & description

But there's a way shorter way to do the same:

Podio section break: title, horizontal line & description

Use image as section header

Any image can function as section header as well, if you embed the image link with Markdown.

Podio section break: title, horizontal line & description
Podio section break: title, horizontal line & description