How to Use Bold and Italicized Text Formatting on Twitter

This brief overview will explain how to use bold and italics in your Tweets.

Before we get started there’s something very important to go over first – by using italicized or bold on text Twitter, you’ll be making it unreadable for a lot of people who have enabled specific accessibility features. It’s probably best to use this sparingly and only within Tweets you’d consider very unimportant.

With that out of the way – let’s jump in!

  1. Head over to Twitalics (opens in a new tab/window). That’s where most of the action will happen.
  2. In the text box at the top of the page, enter the word(s) that you’d like to bold or italicize. Then select the actual change you want – bold, italics, blackletter etc. from the list of options below that text box.
  3. adding bold text on Twitter

  4. Below that, in a box with a green background, you’ll see the formatted text. Highlight that text and then right-click (ctrl-click if you’re using a Mac, long-press if you’re using a phone/tablet) it. Select Copy
  5. copying formatted text on Twitter

  6. In your Twitter client, paste that text into your ‘Compose New Tweet’ window. The formatting will remain intact.
  7. pasting formatted text

  8. Repeat the process if you want to format additional text. Enter it into the text box, select the formatting options, copy the newly formatted text and paste it into your Tweet.
  9. adding italics to text on Twitter

  10. There you go – you now have italics and bold text on Twitter.
  11. a compose Tweet window

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7 thoughts on “How to Use Bold and Italicized Text Formatting on Twitter”

  1. You /could/ also just use the good old forward slashes for italics *or* the asterisks for boldface, like we did back in the day. It works on Twitter, YouTube and many other places because some old ASCII nerds wrote the code I guess ;)

  2. Note that at least some of these characters appear to come from the “private use” undefined area of Unicode. As the site notes, these characters will not work with all fonts.

    Also as noted, the unusual text may well trip up things like text readers for visually impaired folks.

    Just a little caveat for folks who think this is an overall solution for Twitter formatting.

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