Slack Text Formats: Bold, Quote, Strikethrough + More!

Jaeyou Park

Marketing Associate - 23 Oct, 2018

One of the difficulties of operating exclusively using text is that it's so much harder to read the tone. However, changing the formatting of your text can add clarity and emphasis to your messages.

No longer will corporate messages make you sound like a robot - using Slack text formats, they can sound cool and even fun! 

Formatting your Slack messages

There are two ways to format your text, depending on whether you're using Slack for desktop in Shift or the mobile app.

As you type: On desktop and mobile you can format as you type by using symbols around your text, *like so*.

Keyboard shortcuts: Also on a desktop, you can use keyboard shortcuts to alter Slack text formats. For example, to make word bold, simply select the word and use your system shortcuts.

Note: You can also use multiple formats in the same selection of text!

Here are few of the Shift team's favorites:


slack text format bold

Use *asterisks* around your text to make it bold.

Mac: ⌘ + B
Windows: CTRL + B


slack text format italic

Use _underscores_ around your text to italicize it.

Mac: ⌘ + I
Windows: CTRL + I


slack text formats strike through

Use ~tildes~ around your text to strike it out.

Mac: ⌘ + SHIFT + X
Windows: CTRL + SHIFT + X


slack text format quote

Add angled brackets (>) before your text to quote it.

Mac: ⌘ + SHIFT + >
Windows: CTRL + SHIFT + >


slack text format inline

To format inline code, use backtick symbols (`) around your text.

`To format one line`
```To format blocks of text```

Mac: ⌘ + SHIFT + C
Windows: CTRL + SHIFT + C


slack text format list

To format a list, simply begin your message with a number or bullet (•).

Press Shift + Enter to create a new, pre-formatted line.


For numbered lists:
Mac: ⌘ + SHIFT + 7
Windows: CTRL + SHIFT + 7

For bullets:
Mac: ⌘ + SHIFT + 8
Windows: CTRL + SHIFT + 8

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