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How to format WhatsApp text – bold, italics, strikethrough and more

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Last Updated on March 11, 2024
How to bold WhatsApp Text, Italics and more
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While everyone typically loads their texts with emojis, WhatsApp has several useful (and popular) formatting options that you can use too.

Out of all of these, we’d say bold text, italics, and strikethrough text are the most commonly used, and arguably useful for most people.

The good news is that they’re all very easy to do, even though it’s not super obvious when you first start using WhatsApp. Here’s our quick guide with easy-to-follow steps, so you can start formatting your WhatsApp texts like a pro.

How to bold WhatsApp Text

Here are quick steps you can follow to bold your WhatsApp text.

Step

1

Type in your text

The first thing you need to do is to type the text you want to bold.

Text that needs to be bold

Step

2

Press and hold the text

Once you’ve written your message, tap and long press on it.

After a second or two, the text should be highlighted, and a horizontal menu should open up with options like “Cut,” “Copy,” “Bold,” etc.

Selecting the text that needs to be bold

From those options, select “Bold” and send it.

 

Bold WhatsApp Text

 

Step

3

Use an asterisk to bold the message

Alternatively, there is another method you can use to bold the text message on WhatsApp.

All you need to do is to put an asterisk(*) before and after the text and it’ll become bold.

It would look like: “Hello, I am *Jack*.

How to type with Italics in WhatsApp

Follow the steps below to italicize your texts in WhatsApp.

Step

1

Open WhatsApp and type the message

Tap on the WhatsApp icon on your mobile device and launch it. After that, open the chat you want to send the message in and type the message.

Step

2

Long press on the text

Once you’ve written the message, press it until the text is highlighted and a pop-up menu opens. Select the “Italic” option from that menu, and the selected text should be italicized.

Selecting the text that needs to be italicized

Step

3

Use the underscore to italicize the message

Another way to format your messages in Italics is to place an underscore before and after the message, and it will be italicized.

It will look like this: “Hello, I am _Jack_.”

How to type with a Strikethrough in WhatsApp

Follow the steps below to strikethrough a text in WhatsApp.

Step

1

Type your text message

Open up the chat you want to send the message and type it in.

Step

2

Tap and hold down on the text

After you’ve typed your message, tap and hold it and a menu should open up, highlighting the message.

Selecting the text to strikethrough

Tap on the three dots on the right side and a list should open up with “Strikethrough” on the top.

Strikethrough option on WhatsApp

Select it and your message should be crossed out.

Strikethrough text

Step

3

Use the tilde key to strikethrough the message

You can also use the tilde key(~) to strikethrough your message. Simply place it before and after the text you want to strikethrough, and it’ll be crossed out.

It should look like this: “Hello, I am ~Jack~.”

How to type with Monospace in WhatsApp

Follow the steps below to apply monospace formatting in WhatsApp.

Step

1

Type your message

The first thing you need to do is to type the message you want to send with monospace formatting.

Step

2

Long press the written text

After typing your message, long press on it till a horizontal menu opens up.

There should be three vertical dots on the right side of that menu.

Tapping on the three dots for monospace

Tap on those dots, and it should open up a list of options, and from that list, select “Monospace.”

Selecting the monospace option

The text should now look like:

Monospace text

Step

3

Place three backticks to type with monospace

Another simple way to type with monospace is to place three backticks(`) before and after the message you want to monospace.

For example, if you want to apply the monospace formatting on “Hello, I am Jack,” it’ll look like “`Hello, I am Jack“`.

 

Final Thoughts

Typing in a different style can help better convey your tone and add a bit of personality to your message. Thankfully, WhatsApp has enough options you can apply to your texts, and with our easy-to-follow guide, you should make your message stand out more.

If there are any other additions to formatting your texts on WhatsApp, we’ll update our guide, so check back with us and take your messaging game to the next level.

If you’re interested in learning more about WhatsApp, check out some other topics we’ve covered below.

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