Google Talk: Text Shortcuts for Bold and Italics

The following Tech-Recipes tutorial contains a description of simple methods you can use to generate bold and italic text in Google Talk.


While chatting with someone in Google Talk today, I noticed they were typing with bold and italics with ease. I asked how this is possible, and they shared the following tricks.

    For bold text, include your text between asterisks as seen in the example below:
    *word* = word
    For italics, include your text between underscore marks as seen in the example below:
    _word_ = word

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77 Responses to “Google Talk: Text Shortcuts for Bold and Italics”

  1. October 01, 2008 at 11:51 am, Dilip said:

    gr8

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    • June 17, 2012 at 2:06 am, Kyle said:

      just commenting on this cuz its on top…

      you can also do /me and then it will say: (Your Name) at the start of the text, then all will be italized and a lighter color text.

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      • March 31, 2013 at 1:12 pm, rk said:

        > thanks!

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  2. November 12, 2008 at 7:27 am, Alex said:

    Thanks for that, I didn’t know there was italics!!

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  3. November 14, 2008 at 8:00 pm, trust said:

    have(bold and it) two type or more pls reply me

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    • November 09, 2013 at 1:07 pm, neverhood said:

      I know there is also crossed text “-this will be crossed-”

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  4. December 18, 2008 at 9:21 pm, no name fool said:

    woow,
    “we didn’t know”

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  5. January 15, 2009 at 3:01 pm, Anon said:

    Very Helpful! Thanks

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  6. January 22, 2009 at 3:50 pm, fd said:

    I had worked those out …. some how, are there more?

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  7. January 22, 2009 at 3:50 pm, fd said:

    I had worked those out …. some how, are there more?

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    • March 06, 2011 at 2:23 am, Anon said:

      –strikethrough–

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  8. June 15, 2009 at 9:24 pm, nishadmail.com said:

    try –text– :)

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  9. June 25, 2009 at 6:36 pm, asdf;lkj said:

    I think there’s one for crossed out text too, but I don’t know it.

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    • August 06, 2009 at 4:25 pm, Royston said:

      its –

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  10. August 27, 2009 at 4:21 pm, pope said:

    also you can -strikethrough- something as well

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    • August 27, 2009 at 4:22 pm, pope said:

      sorry, didn’t realize there had been any comments, should have scrolled I know…

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  11. September 15, 2009 at 1:55 am, Anonymous said:

    Any more tips and tricks…enjoyed reading the others?

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  12. February 20, 2010 at 7:58 pm, jk said:

    -strike through- (puts a horizontal line through the text)

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  13. April 03, 2010 at 1:59 pm, Nidhi said:

    For strikethrough text
    -word-

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  14. May 22, 2010 at 4:10 pm, Syllepsis said:

    try: -word-

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  15. August 03, 2010 at 9:37 pm, Sarah said:

    this is not that cool its kool not really somepeople dont like stuff liuke that its to boring no ofence

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    • November 19, 2010 at 3:21 pm, Sarah! said:

      You suck at spelling and punctuation. “No ofence.”

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  16. August 24, 2010 at 6:23 pm, Guest said:

    I wanted to learn to _italicize_ a word when leaving a comment. _Thanks_

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    • August 24, 2010 at 6:23 pm, Guest said:

      I guess not.

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      • August 24, 2010 at 6:38 pm, Guest said:

        Does _Control I_ work?

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        • August 24, 2010 at 6:38 pm, Guest said:

          Nope, not that either.

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          • August 24, 2010 at 6:49 pm, Guest said:

    • August 24, 2010 at 6:55 pm, Guest said:

      In Disqus comments, that is. (I know, I talk to myself a lot)

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  17. August 24, 2010 at 6:53 pm, Guest said:

    last time, really

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    • August 24, 2010 at 6:54 pm, Guest said:

      FINALLY!!

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  18. September 07, 2010 at 7:33 am, guest said:

    _italics_

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  19. September 07, 2010 at 7:35 am, Guest said:

    augh

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  20. October 19, 2010 at 6:07 pm, robson said:

    bold
    italic

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  21. October 19, 2010 at 6:07 pm, robson said:

    [b]bold[/b]
    [i]italic[/i]

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  22. December 23, 2010 at 8:55 pm, Nevermind said:

    it doesnt work on different langauges like Arabic or Hebrew. :-(

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  23. January 14, 2011 at 3:48 pm, ab said:

    [i]italic[/i]

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  24. January 14, 2011 at 3:51 pm, ab said:

    _italic_
    italic

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  25. January 14, 2011 at 3:52 pm, ab said:

    it works finally

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    • December 23, 2012 at 11:51 pm, A said:

      How did you make it work for more than one word with space in between?

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  26. February 01, 2011 at 4:56 pm, 41bxf50 said:

    [b]bold[/b]

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  27. February 07, 2011 at 10:33 pm, Anonymous said:

    ok

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  28. February 08, 2011 at 11:52 pm, Tony Jones said:

    For anyone wondering how the bold and italics were done in the previous posts, Disqus uses control characters set in brackets, so
    bold shows as bold if you leave out the spaces between the
    Likewise for italics and italics

    There are several more controls you can use and they’re listed here..

    http://docs.disqus.com/help/19/

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  29. February 22, 2011 at 1:24 am, Specnardo said:

    what about
    -text here-
    to cross things out?

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  30. March 02, 2011 at 3:55 pm, Giumri said:

    _italic_

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    • March 02, 2011 at 3:56 pm, guest said:

      [i]italic[/i]

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      • March 02, 2011 at 3:59 pm, guest said:

        italic

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  31. March 05, 2011 at 3:06 am, Elazo said:

    *bold*

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  32. April 17, 2011 at 10:37 am, The Beswicks said:

    *bold*
    _italic_
    -strikethrough_

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  33. April 17, 2011 at 10:40 am, Graham said:

    [i]italic[/i]

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  34. April 17, 2011 at 11:01 am, Graham said:

    *bold*
    _italic_
    -strikethrough_

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  35. May 05, 2011 at 6:11 am, Cthulhu Shrugged said:

    word
    word
    word
    word
    word
    word

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  36. May 12, 2011 at 6:13 am, CocoLush said:

    *word*

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  37. May 12, 2011 at 6:14 am, CocoLush said:

    word

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  38. May 12, 2011 at 6:15 am, CocoLush said:

    word
    word

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  39. May 25, 2011 at 6:33 pm, Anonymous said:

    strickthrough

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  40. May 25, 2011 at 6:34 pm, Anonymous said:

    -word-

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  41. May 25, 2011 at 6:35 pm, Anonymous said:

    word

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  42. May 29, 2011 at 7:51 pm, Anonymous said:

    *bold*

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  43. July 08, 2011 at 4:30 pm, Kaskus said:

    _kaskus_
    *kaskus*

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  44. July 08, 2011 at 4:30 pm, Kaskus said:

    _kaskus_
    *kaskus*

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  45. July 08, 2011 at 4:30 pm, Kaskus said:

    _kaskus_
    *kaskus*

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  46. January 14, 2012 at 3:33 pm, ASEHU said:

    Thank you so much my friends said I couldn’t do it but you told me how to do it

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  47. February 16, 2012 at 9:37 pm, J said:

    Standard HTML for bold and italics is text (Do not included spaces) and just replace ‘bold’ with ‘italic’.

    Some programs using HTML support using a ‘b’ for bold or an ‘i’ for italic.

    This is an example . Hello everybody

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  48. February 16, 2012 at 9:39 pm, J said:

    For some reason tags didn’t work in example.

    This is an example . Hello everybody

    I will try again.

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  49. February 16, 2012 at 9:39 pm, J said:

    It worked.

    :)

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  50. March 10, 2012 at 7:29 am, Dylan Weasley said:

    _*YES*_

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  51. July 31, 2012 at 6:54 am, Harry Potter said:

    -hi- (will cross the word)
    /me hello (you have to type “me”, nothing else. its makes your name come up, italicizes everything you write, and makes it a lighter color

    *hi* (italicizes)
    _hi_ (bold)

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  52. January 30, 2013 at 7:40 pm, David said:

    You can also do -strikethrough- using -

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  53. February 13, 2013 at 9:30 am, Miriam Lewis said:

    You can also have a strikethrough the text by surrounding it with -’s : -text-

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  54. April 29, 2013 at 2:45 pm, Jessy312 said:

    You can also do this:
    -Blah-
    and the sentence will strike out.

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  55. May 01, 2013 at 7:52 am, Teresa Niels said:

    Does is work in google forms?

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  56. June 06, 2013 at 3:09 pm, Jayesh said:

    For Strikethrough you can put the text between hyphens (-)

    For example -Strikethrough-

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  57. July 30, 2013 at 12:38 pm, Gautham said:

    you can also use -phrase- to obtain a strikethrough

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  58. November 16, 2013 at 4:18 pm, Princess said:

    u can also combine then in this ORDER: *_-Hi-_*

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  59. March 25, 2014 at 11:18 pm, Toby Chiu said:

    if u do -word-, it will strikethrough, and if u do /me then it will put ur name and the subsequent letters into italics and the text into a lighter shade of grey.

    for example, /me is *-_gay_-* *_awesome_*

    try doing that. u will be suprised!

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