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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  • Dilip

    gr8

    • Kyle

      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.

      • rk

        > thanks!

  • Alex

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

  • trust

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

    • neverhood

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

  • no name fool

    woow,
    “we didn’t know”

  • Anon

    Very Helpful! Thanks

  • fd

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

  • fd

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

    • Anon

      –strikethrough–

  • nishadmail.com

    try –text– :)

  • asdf;lkj

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

    • Royston

      its –

  • pope

    also you can -strikethrough- something as well

    • pope

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

  • Anonymous

    Any more tips and tricks…enjoyed reading the others?

  • jk

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

  • Nidhi

    For strikethrough text
    -word-

  • Syllepsis

    try: -word-

  • Sarah

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

    • Sarah!

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

  • Guest

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

    • Guest

      I guess not.

      • Guest

        Does _Control I_ work?

        • Guest

          Nope, not that either.

          • Guest

    • Guest

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

  • Guest

    last time, really

    • Guest

      FINALLY!!

  • guest

    _italics_

  • Guest

    augh

  • http://twitter.com/bornos robson

    bold
    italic

  • http://twitter.com/bornos robson

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

  • Nevermind

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

  • ab

    [i]italic[/i]

  • ab

    _italic_
    italic

  • ab

    it works finally

    • A

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

  • 41bxf50

    [b]bold[/b]

  • Anonymous

    ok

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_S46U6GE6PQAIJHXU2G4O7OCYMU Tony Jones

    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/

  • Specnardo

    what about
    -text here-
    to cross things out?

  • Giumri

    _italic_

    • guest

      [i]italic[/i]

      • guest

        italic

  • Elazo

    *bold*

  • The Beswicks

    *bold*
    _italic_
    -strikethrough_

  • Graham

    [i]italic[/i]

  • Graham

    *bold*
    _italic_
    -strikethrough_

    • http://twitter.com/CthulhuShrugged Cthulhu Shrugged

      *word*
      _word_

      • http://twitter.com/CthulhuShrugged Cthulhu Shrugged

        bold

  • http://twitter.com/CthulhuShrugged Cthulhu Shrugged

    word
    word
    word
    word
    word
    word

  • CocoLush

    *word*

  • CocoLush

    word

  • CocoLush

    word
    word

  • Anonymous

    strickthrough

  • Anonymous

    -word-

  • Anonymous

    word

  • Anonymous

    *bold*

  • Kaskus

    _kaskus_
    *kaskus*

  • Kaskus

    _kaskus_
    *kaskus*

  • Kaskus

    _kaskus_
    *kaskus*

  • ASEHU

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

  • J

    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

  • J

    For some reason tags didn’t work in example.

    This is an example . Hello everybody

    I will try again.

  • J

    It worked.

    :)

  • Dylan Weasley

    _*YES*_

  • Harry Potter

    -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)

  • David

    You can also do -strikethrough- using -

  • Miriam Lewis

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

  • Jessy312

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

  • Teresa Niels

    Does is work in google forms?

  • Jayesh

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

    For example -Strikethrough-

  • Gautham

    you can also use -phrase- to obtain a strikethrough

  • Princess

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

  • Toby Chiu

    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!