Learn markdown formatting to clearly communicate complex data

Popular messaging and collaboration app, Slack offers a WYSIWYG method of formatting your messages. That way, you can easily add bold, italic, and other features to the text you're typing. It's ideal if you need to add emphasis to a word but you can also use it to include links or pieces of code. Slack also offers a form of markdown formatting allowing you to complete more complex tweaks via one of the oldest methods of text formatting that the internet offers, but it can be a little trickier to master.Β 

From left to right, the buttons represent
From left to right, the buttons represent Bold, Italic, Strikethrough and a Code Snippet.Β 

How to Format Messages With the Slack WYSIWYG Editor

  1. Open your Slack workspace.Β 
  2. Type a message in the chat bar.
  3. Highlight a word or sentence that you want to format.
  4. Click one of the formatting buttons underneath the chat bar.Β 
  • To make a word bold. Surround it with asterisks: *your text*
  • To add italics. Surround the word with underscores: _your text_
  • To add a strikethrough effect to your sentence or word. Add tildes around it: ~your text~
  • To include in-line code in your sentence. Use the backtick or left quote symbol: `your text`
  • To add a block quote to your text. Begin with an angled bracket: >This is a quote
  • To create a list. Either start your message with 1, 1. or begin it with a bullet point by typing an asterisk: *
  • To create a link within your sentence. Type <your link|The text for the link>