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Use formatting to add clarity and detail to your message when you need it. There are two ways to format your text, depending on which Slack app you’re using:
Format as you type: On desktop and mobile, you can format as you type by using the symbols described below.
Use keyboard shortcuts: On desktop, you can also use keyboard shortcuts to format selected text. For example, to make a word bold Slack in your message, select and highlight the word Slack, then press ⌘B.
Tip: You can use multiple formats in the same selection of text. For example, *I am _very_ excited* will be displayed as I am very excited.
To make your text bold, surround it with asterisks: *your text*
Desktop shortcuts: Select text, then press ⌘B on Mac or CtrlB on Windows/Linux
To italicise your text, surround it with underscores: _your text_
Desktop shortcuts: Select text, then press ⌘I on Mac or CtrlI on Windows/Linux
To cross out your text (strikethrough), surround it with tildes: ~your text~
Desktop shortcuts: Select text, then press ⌘ShiftX on Mac or CtrlShiftX on Windows/Linux
Note: Unfortunately, strikethrough does not work using full-width input mode.
To make your text a quote, add angled brackets (>) before your text: > Quote one sentence >>> Quote multiple sentences Desktop shortcuts: Select text, then press⌘Shift> on Mac or CtrlShift> on Windows/Linux
To format in-line code, surround your text with backtick symbols (`): `Format one word or one line` ```Format blocks of text``` Desktop shortcuts: Select text, then press⌘ShiftC on MacorCtrlShiftC on Windows/Linux
Note: Other formatting like bold or italic text will not display in in-line code. For enhanced code sharing, we suggest creating a snippet!
To format a list, begin your message with a number or a bullet point (•). Type ShiftEnter to create a new preformatted line.
Desktop shortcuts: For numbers: ⌘Shift7 on Mac CtrlShift7 on Windows For bullet points: ⌘Shift8 on Mac CtrlShift8 on Windows
Tip: Add a bullet point (•) from your keyboard by pressing Option8 on Mac or Alt7 (using the number pad) on most Windows machines. Or simply start your list with an asterisk (*) and it’ll get converted to a bullet point.
Note: The following formatting options work as described when using full-width (JP) input mode. When using half-width (EN) input mode, you need to add spaces before and after the formatting symbols.
A note about Markdown
Our message formatting was designed to support the majority of our customers. Since most are not familiar with Markdown, we’ve chosen not to support it.