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I am using hangouts, and would like to know how can I make message text bold.

I tried using markdown by adding * before and after words, but it didn't work. I get asterisks displayed next to the words. when I try this *Hello* I get this: *Hello* rather then this: Hello

Note: I'm using google hangouts, not google chat.

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  • Are you writing it as * bold word * (spaces between the * and the word) or *bold word* (no spaces)?
    – Mokubai
    Jul 5 at 8:45
  • @Mokubai, no spaces Jul 5 at 8:48
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Well, the official answer by Google Support says adding *'s should work, along with all the other formatting options for text that you can choose from:

To bold text, add asterisks * before and after the text you want bolded. For example, if you type *Tuesday*, the chat will display Tuesday.

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  • It doesn't work
    – Thunder Coder
    Jul 5 at 7:23
  • Do any of the other formatting options in that article work for you? When you say "it doesn't work", does it just display the asterisks * next to the word?
    – pigeonburger
    Jul 5 at 7:26
  • I can't open google support currently. (Microsoft family features), and yes it just displays asterisks next to the word. (by the way we're talking about hangouts not google chat)
    – Thunder Coder
    Jul 5 at 7:27
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I've been asking around and turns out that for google hangouts in gmail on the web ctrl+b does the trick.

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