When you copy and paste text into Slack, it loses all formatting, but formatting is important especially for longer messages. How can you add formatting in Slack, with Markdown or rich text?
The easiest way to add formatting in to Slack messages is with its formatting bar. Type your message, select the text with your mouse, and Slack shows a small popover toolbar with quick formatting options (or, click the
Aa button on the right of your Slack chat box to keep a formatting toolbar open all the time). There you can add bold text, italics, strikethrough, code blocks, numbered lists, bullet points, and quotes—and if you hover over each button, Slack shows the keyboard shortcut to help you remember.
Or, you can format text as you type, as Slack supports basic Textile formatting. Similar to Markdown, you add a character before and after text to format it. Here are the Textile formatting options Slack supports:
Especially for personal to-dos and tasks that you need to accomplish outside of your team, what is your favorite app and tricks for getting the most out of it?
Last week, Slack announced some new features, including a WYSIWYG rich text editor.
Along with the addition of this feature, they changed the Markdown functionality to render formatting in-line.