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Now as WhatsApp offers options for bold, Italic & strike-through text, how not to make the text bold while still enclosing it in *. Any kind of escape character?

For example: *test* will result in test (bold).

I want to send a phone-recharge number as *127*123456789#, but it goes as 127123456789# (127 as bold). Is there any escape character to keep * as * instead of it making text bold?

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You could send it as code using three back-ticks, similar to formatting code here on StackExchange:

*word* = word

```*word*``` = *word*

(Note: it will use a monospace font).

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    Yes, visually it goes as intended, thanks, upvoted. But the text does not gets recognized as a dial-able number, and once copied, the backticks also gets copied. – DavChana Jan 8 '17 at 20:46
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    Hmm, that's awkward. Oh well, hopefully help in other cases. – Leo Jan 8 '17 at 20:50
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    Yes very helpful in other cases. – Lokesh Jul 4 '17 at 8:56
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Excerpt from the official WhatsApp FAQ:

Note: There is no option to disable this feature.

See https://www.whatsapp.com/faq/en/general/26000002

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    Wrong. Surrounding with three ``` Disables. Syntax is ``` any text *not will format * ``` – Sergio Abreu Jun 15 '17 at 9:31
  • But this does not disable formatting, it just monospaces the text and therefore no other style is applied. – Ercksen Mar 14 at 10:32
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I suggest you quote it instead. '*245*648464885838#'

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You could add a space between the asterisk and the word, like * that *

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You could double the character, such as **text**, the word text will be bold, but the asterisk will remain.

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    No.. using double ** will not bold the text and it will go like ** text **. – serenesat Jun 10 '16 at 6:56

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