How to Bold & Italicize Things on Facebook

By Clare Edwards

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.

Things You'll Need

  • Facebook account

Facebook Chat

Step 1

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

Step 2

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

Step 3

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

Step 1

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.

Step 2

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.

Step 3

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.

Step 4

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.

Step 5

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.

Tips & Warnings

  • You can find lots of online generators that let you post special characters, strikethrough text, inverted text and symbols as your Facebook status. Examples include Adam Varga's strikethrough text generator (adamvarga.com/strike) and fsymbols.com's text generator collection (fsymbols.com/generators).
  • Some applications supposedly let you post italic or bold text in your status updates or on chat. These may actually be rogue apps that can compromise your security and that of other Facebook users, potentially putting you at risk of identity theft or harming your computer. You must be careful that any application you install for Facebook is safe.