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Add formatting to your Google Chat messages

You can italicise and make text bold in your Chat messages. You can also underline text, change text colour and add bullet points.

Format Google Chat messages

  1. Open the chat app "" or Gmail app .
  2. Go to a conversation.
  3. Enter a message
  4. On the left, tap Action menu Add and then Format Colour text.
  5. Select an option:
    • To bold: Tap Bold Bold.
    • To italicise: Tap Italic Italic.
    • To underline: Tap Underline Underline.
    • To strikethrough: Tap Strikethrough Strikethrough.
    • To change the text colour: Tap Text colour Colour text.
    • To add a bullet point before the text: Tap Bulleted list Bulleted list
  6.  Optional: Touch and hold the word or phrase that you want to format and then Format.
Tip: To remove text formatting: 
  1. Touch and hold a word or phrase. 
  2. Tap Format.
  3. Select an option and tap:
    • Bold Bold
    • Italic Italic
    • Underline Underline
    • Strikethrough Strikethrough
    • Text colour Colour text
    • Bulleted list Bulleted list

Use markdown formatting in Google Chat

Important: If you use the 'Format' button on your mobile device to format text, it overrides any markdown formatting that you add to the message.

To add markdown formatting to your Google Chat messages, you can include special characters in the text.

  • To make text bold, add asterisks * before and after the text that you want in bold.
    For example, if you type *Tuesday*, the chat will display Tuesday.
  • To italicise text, add underscores _ before and after the text that you want italicised.
    For example, if you type _every week_ , the chat will display every week.
  • To strike through text, add tildes ~ before and after the text that you want struck through.
  • To create an inline code block, add backticks ` before and after the text that you want in a code block.
  • To create a multiline code block, add three backticks ``` before and after the text that you want in a code block.
 
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