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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.

Use markdown formatting in Google Chat

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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