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Google Chat Text Formatting Tips

Thursday, August 19th, 2010 by | Filed Under: Using The Internet

Do you use Google Talk? It’s an integral part of how we communicate here at Worldstart, but I’ve often lamented that the features it contains are a little…


For example, what if I want to bold or italicize text? How do I get my point across?

Quite a curious case, but thankfully one of my esteemed co-workers knew how and was nice enough to show me.


If you want to bold text in Google Talk, just put a couple asterisks on either side of what you want to embolden. So, if I wanted to say “You need to get over here NOW”, I would type:

You need to get over here *NOW*

Italics are just about the same, only you use underscores, instead. So to type “Sure, I’ll make it to the office party!” I’d type:

_Sure_, I’ll make it to the office party!

Similarly, if you use the Google Mail Chat client, you can use hyphens on either side of a word to cross it out.

Just a few chat formatting facts that are good to know!


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