When writing a post (or a comment on a post) in Yammer, is there any way to add basic text formatting such as bold or italic text?
There used to be a feature request in their moderated feedback forum (the forum has since been closed down, maybe after Microsoft purchase).
There are also some hints in the new support forum that this feature is still not implemented:
You can use Yammer notes, which provide formatting, such as bolding, italics, headings and bullets.
Here's the recent update from Yammer:
Beginning March 15, 2019, we are rolling out rich text formatting for Yammer posts. This includes bold, italic, links, bullets, and numbered lists.
Composing messages with rich text formatting is only available on the web client and Yammer desktop.
Mobile Yammer apps will display formatted messages, but users can't edit those messages or format new messages from the mobile device.
Composing and viewing formatted messages won't be available immediately on the Yammer SharePoint web part or Yammer tab in Teams. This functionality will be added later in 2019.
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In Yammer groups, if you post an "Announcement" you get the option to give it some basic formatting, but if you post an "Update" then it's in unformatted text. So, yes, there is a way to do it after all.
Only admins can post announcements; and replies to announcements cannot be formatted. You can also format text in Word documents and upload them to Yammer; not quite the same thing though is it?
I have seen formatted text in replies in Yammer, these were made by sending email. Never managed to get it to work myself.
According to the Yammer page on UserVoice.com,
WE PLAN TO BUILD THIS
Emma Beede (Admin, Yammer) responded · Mar 10, 2017
We’re currently looking to learn about text formatting in Yammer and your other work tools. Please fill out the following survey to help us design this feature request: bit.ly/2m4Zj7I
Sorry if this directly address the original question but I wanted readers to know that Microsoft is planning to add this feature (as of 2017).
If you aren't familiar with UserVoice, it is a place to propose ideas for an application and vote on them. Posts with lots of votes tend to get the attention of the vendor. Microsoft uses this site for Yammer, Visual Studio, and their Office products.