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
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
Here are few of the Shift team’s favorites:
Use *asterisks* around your text to make it bold.
Mac: ⌘ + B
Windows: CTRL + B
Use _underscores_ around your text to italicize it.
Mac: ⌘ + I
Windows: CTRL + I
Use ~tildes~ around your text to strike it out.
Mac: ⌘ + SHIFT + X
Windows: CTRL + SHIFT + X
Add angled brackets (>) before your text to quote it.
Mac: ⌘ + SHIFT + >
Windows: CTRL + SHIFT + >
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
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
Mac: ⌘ + SHIFT + 8
Windows: CTRL + SHIFT + 8
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