Format your messages

Adding text formatting to your Slack messages is easy! Here's a handy selection of formatting options:

Emphasis

To emphasize words or phrases, surround your text with *asterisks* to create bold text, or _underscores_ for italic text.   


Strikethrough

Try using strikethrough to show corrections in your messages, or mark completed items on a to-do list. Surround your text with ~tildes~ to strike out. 


Lists

To create a list, use Shift Enter to create new lines in your message, then add a number or a bullet (•) before each item.

Tip: To add a bullet point (•) from the comfort of your keyboard, try Option 8 on a Mac, or Alt 0149 on most Windows machines.

 

Blockquotes

Add angle brackets to the beginning of your message for an indent or blockquote:

        > to indent one paragraph
        >>> to indent multiple paragraphs


Code blocks

To display a portion of text as fixed-width code, surround your text with backticks:

        `single backticks` display fixed-width text along with your other message text
        ```triple backticks``` create a block of pre-formatted, fixed-width text

Note: Other formatting like bold or italic text will not display in code blocks, and syntax highlighting isn’t supported. For enhanced code sharing, we suggest creating a snippet!

 

Bot message formatting

See the Message Formatting page in our API docs for details on formatting bot messages.

Markdown: a note

Though we understand many people would love to use Markdown in Slack messages, we have no plans to support it. Our message formatting is similar to other popular services and is intended for a majority of our users who are unfamiliar with Markdown. However, we'll keep it in mind for the future. 🔮

For more formatting options, try composing a post to share with your team.

Note: Hyperlinking words and terms in a Slack message isn't supported — to include a URL, paste it into the message input box. Visit Share links in Slack for more. 

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