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Here’s how to add bold, italic and strikethrough text to Whatsapp messages

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WhatsApp just added some dull, pointless interesting new features to its messaging service.

The latest update to the Facebook-owned app (version 2.12.17 for iOS and 2.12.535 for Android) now allows users to embolden, italicise and strikethrough their messages.

It's like the world of typeface is fighting back against Emojis, adding more expression to simple lettering. Take that, cry laugh face. Here's how to write in each new style.

Related: 10 Things you didn't know you could do with Whatsapp

  • Here's how to add bold, italic and strikethrough text to Whatsapp messages

    Bold

    Add an asterisks (*) before and after the words you want to be in bold:

    • *all of this will be bold* but this won't
  • Here's how to add bold, italic and strikethrough text to Whatsapp messages 1

    Italics

    Add an underscore ( _ ) before and after the words you want to be italicised:

    • _this will be italicised_ but this won't be
  • Here's how to add bold, italic and strikethrough text to Whatsapp messages 2

    Strikethrough

    Add a tilde (~) before and after the words you want to be struck through:

    • ~this will be struck through~ but this won't 

    If your friend isn't seeing these new formatting features, they need to update their version of the app.

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