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Tips for Formatting Slack Messages

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You can format Slack messages in Zaps to add styling, user mentions, and channel and workspace notifications.

Text

  • Bold text: wrap your text with asterisks (*).
    *bold*
  • Italic text: wrap your text with underscores (_).
    _italic_
  • Strikethrough text: wrap your text with tildes (~).
    ~strikethrough~

Inline code and blockquotes

  • Inline code blocks that are a single word or line: wrap your text with a single backtick (`).
    inline code block
  • For inline code blocks that are a block of text: wrap your text with three backticks.
    inline code block text block
  • For blockquotes: start the blockquote with a closing angle bracket (>).
    >blockquote

Lists

  • Ordered lists: type the number, a period (.), and a space before your text.
    1. ordered list
  • Bulleted list: type an asterisk and a space before your text.
    * bulleted list

Links

URL links are automatically hyperlinked in Slack without additional formatting.

To display link text instead of the URL:

  • Type an open angle bracket (<), your URL link, a pipe character (|), your link text, and a closing angle bracket.
    <https://zapier.com|Link text>
Tip

Link text will include spaces between words.

New lines

No special formatting is required. To add a new line, use the return (enter) key on your keyboard.

Note

You can enter only enter a single new line between lines of text. Two or more consecutive new lines is not supported.

Emoji

  • Wrap the name of the emoji in colons (:).
    :heart_eyes:

Mentions and notifications

  • User mentions: type an open angle bracket, the at symbol (@), the user’s Slack member ID, and a closing angle bracket.
    <@UG123457>
  • “Everyone” notification (notifies everyone in your workspace in the #general channel): type an open angle bracket, an exclamation point (!), “everyone”, and a closing angle bracket.
    <!everyone>
  • “Here” notification (notifies active members in a specific channel): type an open angle bracket, an exclamation point (!), “here”, and a closing angle bracket.
    <!here>
Tip

To find a user’s Slack member ID:

  • Select the user’s Slack profile.
  • Click More.
  • Copy the member ID by clicking Copy member ID and paste it into your Zap.
Note

Your workspace may disable notifications. Contact your Slack administrator to verify if notifications are enabled.


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