Format your messages

Message formatting helps to add detail and clarity to communication in Slack. When you use Slack's automatic formatting, you’ll see exactly what your messages look like before you send them, and you can add multiple formatting options to the same selection of text.

Tip: If you prefer to format your messages with markup instead of automatic formatting, visit Use markup to format your messages.

 

Add formatting to your messages

Desktop

Mobile

On desktop, there are three ways to format your messages:

  • Use the formatting toolbar in the message field
  • Use keyboard shortcuts to format selected text
  • Surround text with the symbols associated with each format

Note: To display or hide the formatting toolbar, click the   text icon in the bottom-right corner of the message field.


Bold

Screenshot of message formatting in Slack with text in bold
  • Select text, then click the
     bold icon in the formatting toolbar
  • Select text, then press B on Mac or CtrlB on Windows/Linux
  • Surround your text with asterisks: *your text*

 

Italic

Screenshot of message formatting in Slack with text in italic
  • Select text, then click the
     italic icon in the formatting toolbar
  • Select text, then press I on Mac or CtrlI on Windows/Linux
  • Surround your text with underscores: _your text_

 

Strikethrough

Screenshot of message formatting in Slack with text in strikethrough
  • Select text, then click the
     strikethrough icon in the formatting toolbar
  • Select text, then press ShiftX on Mac or CtrlShiftX on Windows/Linux
  • Surround your text with tildes: ~your text~ 

 

In-line code

Screenshot of message formatting in Slack with text in inline code

One word or one line:

  • Select text, then click the
     code icon in the formatting toolbar 
  • Select text, then press ShiftC on Mac or CtrlShiftC on Windows/Linux 
  • Surround your text with backtick symbols (`):
    `Format one word or one line`

Blocks of text:

  • Select text, then click the
      code block icon in the formatting toolbar
  • Select text, then press OptionShiftC on Mac or CtrlAltShiftC on Windows/Linux 
  • Begin your text with triple backticks (```):
    ```
    Format blocks of text  

Note: Other formatting will not display in code block. For enhanced code sharing, try creating a snippet.


Blockquote

Screenshot of message formatting in Slack with text in blockquote
  • Select text, then click the
      blockquote icon in the formatting toolbar 
  • Select text, then press Shift9 on Mac or CtrlShift9 on Windows/Linux
  • Begin your text with angled brackets (>): 
    Quote one or multiple sentences

Press ShiftEnter to create a new preformatted line.

 

Ordered list

Screenshot of message formatting in Slack with ordered list
  • Select text, then click the
      ordered list icon in the formatting toolbar 
  • Select text, then press Shift7 on Mac or CtrlShift7 on Windows/Linux
  • Begin your message with 1, followed by a full stop (1.) and press Space:
    1. Your text

Press ShiftEnter to create a new preformatted line. To indent a line, press Tab.

 

Bullet-point list

Screenshot of message formatting in Slack with bullet-point list
  • Select text, then click the
      bullet-point list icon in the formatting toolbar 
  • Select text, then press Shift8 on Mac or CtrlShift8 on Windows/Linux
  • Begin your message with an asterisk (*) and press Space:
    * Your text

Press ShiftEnter to create a new preformatted line. To indent a line, press Tab.

 

Link

Screenshot of message formatting in Slack with hyperlinked text
  • Select text, then click the
     link icon in the formatting toolbar
  • Select text, then press ShiftU on Mac or CtrlShiftU on Windows/Linux. 

Copy the link that you'd like to share and paste it in the empty field under Link, then click Save.

To quickly create hyperlinks, you can also copy a link, select text in Slack, then press V (Mac) or CtrlV (Windows/Linux).

 

Note: The following formatting options work as described when using full-width (JP) input mode. When using half-width (EN) input mode, you'll need to add spaces before and after the formatting symbols.

On mobile, there are two ways to format your messages:

  • Use the formatting toolbar in the message field
  • Surround the text with the symbols associated with certain formats

Note: To display the formatting toolbar, tap the   text icon at the bottom of the message field. To hide it, tap the  icon on iOS or the  icon on Android.


Bold

Screenshot of message formatting in Slack with text in bold
  • Select text, then tap the
     bold icon in the formatting toolbar
  • Surround your text with asterisks: *your text*

 

Italic

Screenshot of message formatting in Slack with text in italic
  • Select text, then tap the
     italic icon in the formatting toolbar
  • Surround your text with underscores: _your text_

 

Strikethrough

Screenshot of message formatting in Slack with text in strikethrough
  • Select text, then tap the
     strikethrough icon in the formatting toolbar
  • Surround your text with tildes: ~your text~ 

 

In-line code

Screenshot of message formatting in Slack with text in inline code

One word or one line:

  • Select text, then tap the
     code icon in the formatting toolbar 
  • Surround your text with backtick symbols (`):
    `Format one word or one line`

Blocks of text:

  • Select text, then tap the
      code block icon in the formatting toolbar

 

Blockquote

Screenshot of message formatting in Slack with text in blockquote
  • Select text, then tap the
      blockquote icon in the formatting toolbar 

 

Ordered list

Screenshot of message formatting in Slack with ordered list
  • Select text, then tap the
      ordered list icon in the formatting toolbar 

To indent a line, tap the
  indent icon in the formatting toolbar.

 

Bullet-point list

Screenshot of message formatting in Slack with bullet-point list
  • Select text, then tap the
      bullet-point list icon in the formatting toolbar 

To indent a line, tap the
  indent icon in the formatting toolbar.

 

Link

Screenshot of message formatting in Slack with hyperlinked text
  • Select text, then tap the
     link icon in the formatting toolbar

Copy the link that you'd like to share and paste it in the empty field under Add link, then tap Save.

 

Tip: When you copy and paste formatted messages into Slack, the formatting is retained. To quickly apply new formatting, press ShiftF (Mac) or CtrlShiftF (Windows/Linux). To undo formatting, press Z or CtrlZ.