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Tuesday April 23, 2024

Here's how you can use WhatsApp's new text formatting options

These options can be used on a range of devices including iOS, Android, Mac, and the web

By Web Desk
February 22, 2024
An image of an individual holding a smartphone with WhatsApp displayed on its screen. — Unsplash
An image of an individual holding a smartphone with WhatsApp displayed on its screen. — Unsplash

If you're an avid WhatsApp user, you'll be happy to know that Meta on Wednesday released an update of the app that brings some exciting new features for you to enhance your user experience, 9to5Mac reported.

One of the main highlights of this update is the addition of four new text formatting options that will help you make your messages more organized and visually appealing.

In addition to the existing formatting options of bold, italics, and monospace, WhatsApp has now introduced bulleted lists, numbered lists, block quotes, and inline code.

An illustration showing WhatsApps new text formatting options. — 9to5Mac
An illustration showing WhatsApp's new text formatting options. — 9to5Mac

These options can be used on a range of devices including iOS, Android, Mac, and the web, allowing users to enhance their messaging experience regardless of platform.

"These [text formatting options] help save time and help people communicate more effectively via their messages, especially in group chats," the company told 9to5Mac.

Here’s how to use WhatsApp's new text formatting options:

For bulleted lists

Type the – symbol, followed by a space.

For numbered lists

Type 1 or 2 digits followed by a period and one space.

For block quote

Type the > symbol followed by a space

For inline code

Wrap text with ` symbol

And if you had no idea about the text formatting options in WhatsApp, these are the shortcuts to use the original ones:

For Bold

Wrap text with * symbol

For Italic

Wrap text with _ symbol

For Strikethrough

Wrap text with ~ symbol

For Monospace

Wrap text with ` ` ` symbol

So, if you're keen to make your WhatsApp messages stand out and better convey your thoughts and ideas, be sure to check out these new formatting options. Happy messaging!