Slowly but surely, I'm making changes to our editor to get it up to speed with other editors out there. Firstly, I made the font size for the live preview larger at I forget who's recommendation (sorry!). You can click on it to hide the preview so it doesn't get in the way while you're doing other things on the page, but it will reappear as soon as you start typing again.
Secondly, I "fixed" the behavior of some of the buttons. (Not all are done yet!) But now if you click on Bold, Italic, Inline Code, Link, Heading or Sub-Heading, you can toggle them on and off. Still working on Code, Quote, and List!
The Code button has additional functionality as well, in that if you click on it without selecting anything first, it will popup a new modal window for you to enter code to be inserted. Hopefully this will be easier for newbies.
The Link button also operates differently, so give it a shot.
Also, some of the buttons are mapped to keyboard shortcuts now.
Bold => Ctrl/Cmd + B
Italic => Ctrl/Cmd + I
Link => Ctrl/Cmd + L
Heading => Ctrl/Cmd + H
Inline Code => Ctrl/Cmd + K (This may change to trigger a new code block, we'll see. You can already hit
Tab to trigger a code block so I thought another keyboard shortcut would be redundant, but now I'm rethinking having something available to trigger the new code modal window.)
Ctrl/Cmd + Q will be available for Quotes in the near future. And something TBD for Lists as well.