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Format your messages

Formatting helps add detail and clarity to your messages in Slack. You can use the formatting toolbar in the message field, or use markup and surround text with special characters. 


Formatting toolbar

Highlight the text you'd like to format, then select an option from the formatting toolbar. You’ll see exactly what your message looks like before you send it, and you can add multiple formatting options to the same text.

The Slack message field with different options in the formatting toolbar being selected

Tip: When using the Slack mobile app, tap the  text icon in the message field to open the formatting toolbar.


Markup

When using Slack on your desktop, you can set a preference to hide the formatting toolbar if you'd prefer to use markup instead. With this preference enabled, you'll see formatting applied to your messages after you send them. 

Formatting

Description
Text formatted in bold Surround text with asterisks: 
*your text*
Text formatted in italics Surround text with underscores:
_your text_
Text formatted in strikethrough Surround text with tildes:
~your text~
Text formatted in code Surround text with backticks:
`your text`
Text formatted in blockquote Add an angled bracket in front of text:
>your text
Text formatted in code block  Add three backticks in front of text:
```your text
Text formatted in an ordered list Add 1 and a period, then press Space in front of text:
1. your text

To indent a line, press Space four times
Text formatted in a bulleted list Add an asterisk, then press Space in front of text:
* your text

To indent a line, press Space four times
Text formatted in hyperlink

Surround text with brackets, then surround the link with parentheses:
[your text] (the link)

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