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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 bold the word 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, typing *I am _very_ excited* will display as I am very excited.
To bold, surround your text with asterisks: *your text*
Desktop shortcuts: ⌘B on Mac CtrlB on Windows/Linux
To italicize, surround your text with underscores: _your text_
Desktop shortcuts: ⌘I on Mac CtrlI on Windows/Linux
To strikethrough, surround your text with tildes: ~your text~
Desktop shortcuts: ⌘ShiftX on Mac CtrlShiftX on Windows/Linux
Note: Unfortunately, strikethrough does not work using full-width input mode.
To quote, add angled brackets (>) before your text: > Quote one sentence >>> Quote multiple sentences Desktop shortcuts: ⌘Shift> on Mac CtrlShift> on Windows/Linux
To format inline code, surround your text with backtick symbols (`): `Format one word or one line` ```Format blocks of text``` Desktop shortcuts: ⌘ShiftC on Mac CtrlShiftC on Windows/Linux
Note: Other formatting like bold or italic text will not display in inline code. For enhanced code sharing, we suggest creating a snippet!
To format a list, begin your message with a number or a bullet (•). Type ShiftEnter to create a new preformatted line.
Desktop Shortcuts: For numbers: ⌘Shift7 on Mac CtrlShift7 on Windows For bullets: ⌘Shift8 on Mac CtrlShift8 on Windows
Tip: To add a bullet point (•) from the comfort of your keyboard, try Option8 on a Mac, or Alt7 (using the number pad) on most Windows machines.
Note: The following formatting options work as described when using full-width (JP) input mode. When using half-width (EN) input mode, you'll 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.