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.


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


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. 


Screen_Shot_2021-07-14_at_3.25.52_PM.png Surround text with asterisks: 
*your text*
Screen_Shot_2021-07-14_at_3.31.27_PM.png Surround text with underscores:
_your text_
Screen_Shot_2021-07-14_at_3.36.04_PM.png Surround text with tildes:
~your text~
Screen_Shot_2021-07-14_at_3.36.19_PM.png Surround text with backticks:
`your text`
Screen_Shot_2021-07-14_at_3.40.30_PM.png Add an angled bracket in front of text:
>your text
Screen_Shot_2021-07-14_at_3.41.32_PM.png  Add three backticks in front of text:
```your text
Screen_Shot_2021-07-30_at_4.10.03_PM.png Add 1 and a period, then press Space in front of text:
1. your text

To indent a line, press Space four times
Screen_Shot_2021-07-30_at_4.13.02_PM.png Add an asterisk, then press Space in front of text:
* your text

To indent a line, press Space four times

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