How to use bold, italic and strikethrough in WhatsApp

WhatsApp continues to improve its application, as we saw yesterday. The latest beta version of WhatsApp includes a lot of interesting and highly requested additions such as quick responses, multiple selection and more customization options with new solid colours to use in the background in conversations.

However, the most curious novelty of the latest WhatsApp beta is in the chat itself: compatibility with the simple text format. That is the support for writing in italics, bold and strikethrough.

You heard correctly, very soon your WhatsApp messages will stop being boring plain text to accept a minimum format. In fact, you can start using it, although only people with the WhatsApp beta will be able to see the result.

Format your text like this

So, the next time you want to send a message in which you want to emphasize something especially, you have the following resources at your disposal. All of them are based on wrapping the text you want to highlight in a special character.

  • Bold: To write in bold, wrap the text you want to highlight with asterisks. For example, * text * becomes text.
  • Italic: To write in italics, wrap the text you want to highlight with underscores. For example, _text_ becomes text.
  • Strikethrough: To cross out a text, wrap the text you want to highlight with virgulillas. For example ~ text ~ becomes text.

Nothing prevents you from combining these codes to write one text at a time in italics, bold and strikethrough, even if you probably go crazy along the way. WhatsApp does not include any button or method to make it easier to highlight specific text, so you must do everything manually.

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