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WhatsApp’s New Feature Changes Everything

Now you can bold, italicise and strikethrough your WhatsApp messages

By Pamela Chow

“Why can’t we format our messages?” This has been an age-old question plaguing humanity ever since the birth of Instant Messaging.

We kid. But today, a monumental milestone has been achieved.

That question has actually already been answered some time back – but that’s not the point, and it’s mostly jargon. More importantly, WhatsApp has introduced the option to finally format your messages with bolditalics and strikethroughs.

Here’s a quick guide:

Bold: Type your word between asterisks. Eg. *bold* = bold
Italics: Type your word between underscores. Eg. _italics_ = italics
StrikethroughType your word between tildes. Eg. ~strikethrough~ = strikethrough

When the Weekender team got wind of this information, we began putting it to good use.

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Yes, you can strike through emojis and multiple words. However, you cannot strike through Mandarin characters (we tried, but we’d prefer to keep our excellent language skills a secret).

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We’re going to be using the strikethrough to censor our emojis forever.

Also, note that the formatting won’t work if you don’t place a space in between the character or emoji before and after. For example, “_hello_!” will not turn up in italics.

Take it from us; this will save you from future embarrassment.

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It was a noble sacrifice in the name of science and entertaining messaging.

This is how conversations should be – fun, creative and extra-sarcastic when the time calls for it. Remember, with great power comes great responsibility to be witty.

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