How to Bold & Italicize Things on Facebook

Facebook is a social networking site where you can set up a profile and exchange updates, notes, links, photos and videos with other Facebook users. Facebook also has its own instant messaging feature so you can chat to people on your Facebook friends list. Ordinarily you can use HTML tags to italicize or bold text online, but Facebook does not allow HTML in status updates or chat. Bold is possible in chat using the asterisk character, and you can use some HTML tags when writing notes.

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Bold and italic text is possible in Facebook notes.

Facebook Chat

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Log in to Facebook with your email address and password. Begin a chat session with one of your Facebook friends.

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Press "Shift" and "8" on your keyboard simultaneously to type the asterisk (star) character.

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Surround text with asterisk (star) characters to create bold text: what you want in bold. Facebook chat does not support italic characters; you must use underlined text for emphasis instead. Surround text with underscore characters to create underlined text in place of italics: text to be underscored.

Italics and Bold in Facebook Notes

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Log in to Facebook with your email address and password. Navigate to your profile. Select the Notes link from the sidebar on the left of the page. When the Notes page loads, click the "create new note" button in the upper right of the screen.

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Type a less-than symbol (left angle bracket), followed by a letter I, followed by a greater-than symbol (right angle bracket) to create an opening italic tag. Type the text to be italicized.

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Type a less-than symbol (left angle bracket), followed by a forward slash, followed by a letter I, followed by a greater-than symbol (right angle bracket) to create a closing italic tag. The text to be italicized should be between the opening and closing tags: italic text.

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Type a less-than symbol (left angle bracket), followed by a letter B, followed by a greater-than symbol (right angle bracket) to create an opening bold tag. Type the text to be in bold.

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Type a less-than symbol (left angle bracket), followed by a forward slash, followed by a letter b, followed by a greater-than symbol (right angle bracket) to create a closing bold tag. The text to be in bold should be between the opening and closing tags: bold text.