Quick Export

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Are you done writing, ready to show your words to the world? Ulysses lets you export easily to a host of standard formats, share your texts via Messages or Mail, even publish directly to a WordPress blog or a Medium account. Here’s an overview.

Quick Export on Mac

When working with Ulysses for Mac, these are the ways to get to Quick Export.

  • Use the Quick Export button top right in the editor to export the current sheet.
  • In the library or the sheet list, right-click on a sheet, a group, or even a filter, and select “Quick Export...” from the context menu.
  • Also, you can simply hit the shortcut ⌘6 (command-6).

Screenshot of the toolbar of Ulysses for Mac. The Quick Export button has been highlighted.

Screenshot of Ulysses for Mac. The context menu of a sheet is visible and the “Quick Export…” menu item has been selected.

You can also export multiple sheets at once:  just hold (shift) while selecting them in the sheet list.


The Quick Export panel looks like this:

Screenshot of Ulysses’ Quick Export panel. Highlighted are the format switcher, export settings, export actions and the default action.

Top left you can switch to the desired format of your output. This can be Text, HTML, ePub, PDF, DOCX, or, if you want to upload your text to a WordPress blog or your Medium account, Publishing.

In the center of the panel you can specify the export settings, depending on the previously selected format. You can, for example, choose an export style and a page size when your output is going to be a PDF document.

The icons top right represent the available export actions:

Preview icon

Preview… to see what your exported document is going to look like

Copy to Clipboard icon

Copy to Clipboard

Save to icon

Save to…, to open Finder and save to a location of your choice

Open in icon

Open in…, lists all available applications for further processing of your output

Send icon

Send… your output as mail or iMessage, share via Airdrop, print

Publish icon

Publish… to publish to a Ghost, Medium or a WordPress blog

You can, for example, send a Word document as mail attachment, or open an ePub file instantly in iBooks.

The large button at the bottom executes a default export action (you can also simply press Return). You should set this button to the action you use most (for example “Copy to Clipboard…” in HTML export). Right click on any of the available icons to set the respective action as default, or switch actions with the tab key .

Screenshot of the context menu of the Copy to Clipboard action

Screenshot of the Quick Export panel. The default action has been set to Copy to Clipboard.

Have you seen the tiny page icon on the default button? Use it to drag and drop your file to a Finder window, on your desktop, into an email, etc.

Screenshot of the Quick Export panel. The icon next to the default action has been dragged off, which results in a small file icon attached to the mouse cursor.

Please note: Sheets that are marked as material will be excluded from the export.

Quick Export on iPad and iPhone

Here are three ways to invoke Quick Export when working on iPad or iPhone:

  • To export your current sheet, tap the circled ellipsis in the editor and select Export.
  • In the library or the sheet list, touch and hold a group or a sheet and select Export from the list of available actions.
  • To manually select the sheets to export, go to the sheet list, tap the circled ellipsis top right, choose “Select Sheets…”, mark the sheets in question, tap the circled ellipsis top left and select Export.

Any of these actions will directly bring up a preview of your output. Tap the specified format at the top (1) to select an export format, e.g., HTML, ePub, PDF, DOCX, Plain Text or Publishing (2). Then, tap the brush icon to select the export style and paper format (3).

By tapping the share icon top right (4) you can now select between the available export actions (5). By and large, these are the same as on Mac, depending on the selected format and the apps installed on your iOS device: You can send your works to friends or coworkers (6), open them in other apps, copy them to your clipboard or upload them to iCloud Drive or another sync service.

Export Settings

Let’s quickly glance at the export settings available for each format.

While the PDF and DOCX exporters produce either a PDF file or a Word document, they share the same settings. On the one hand, you can choose a style for defining the details of your document’s layout. Ulysses comes with a couple of built-in styles for that purpose. For a wider choice, browse Ulysses’ Style Exchange. On the other hand, you can define the page size of your document.

Screenshot of the Export Preview of Ulysses for Mac. The selected export format is PDF and the following export options are shown: Style “Columns”, Paper Size: “A4”. 

When exporting to ePub, you can set an author name, a title and select a cover image for your ebook. Also, you can select a formatting style, albeit the ePub format, in comparison to PDF and DOCX, technically leaves fewer options for an individual layout.

Screenshot of the Export Preview of Ulysses for Mac. The selected export format is ePub and the style has been set to “Default”. Additionally, the Cover, Title and Author have been set.

HTML export will interpret Markdown tags as HTML code. Select between Snippet to quickly copy-paste to an existing website, and “Full Page” to create a complete HTML document, including header, body, CSS links and so on.

Screenshot of the Export Preview of Ulysses for Mac. The selected export format is HTML and the following export options are shown: Style “WP Twenty Seventeen”, Format: “Full Page”.

With Text export, you can select between Plain Text, Rich Text, Markdown, TextBundle and TextPack. Plain Text will strip out all of your markup tags, while Rich Text will convert them and produce an RTF file with WYSIWYG (What you see is what you get) formatting. Markdown and TextBundle will both include Markdown formatting during export, but TextBundle can also take your images along.

Screenshot of the Export Preview of Ulysses for Mac. The selected export format is Text and the format has been set to “Plain Text”.

When selecting Publishing, you will be able to switch between your Ghost, Medium and WordPress accounts –given you connected them first to Ulysses, of course. You can connect as many accounts as you want. Once this is done, it will take you just a few clicks/taps to upload your articles, complete with images. For more details, read our articles about publishing to and Ghost, Medium and WordPress .

Screenshot of the Export Preview of Ulysses for Mac. The selected export format is Publishing and the selected Wordpress blog is called “Milly’s Blog”. 

Now you should be set. Happy exporting!

This article was last updated on October 12, 2020.

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