How to Bold Text in Skype

This tutorial describes how to make text written into Skype display in bold font. This opening paragraph is bold (it is also in italics).

Formatting text in Skype can be somewhat counter-intuitive. Luckily here at Silicon Dales we’ve gone through all the pain on your behalf.

How to format bold text in skype

Here’s how you can bold your text in Skype conversations:


Simply place an asterisk before your targeted text and another closing asterisk afterwards. Interestingly, this is how you make something bold in Slack too.

Leave a comment below if this helped you today.

Alternatives to Skype? We like Slack for text chat, and Meet (the new cooler version of hangouts) offered as part of a Google Workspace subscription as a great way to video conference in your browser – no software download required. Win.

4 thoughts on “How to Bold Text in Skype”

  1. but how do you emphasize PART of a word in skype?

    *K*ey *A*tomic *B*enefits *O*ffice *O*f *M*ankind?

    that does not show up with the capital letters bolded.

    or say spe*cialis*t? to make a point>

  2. That’s pure sick to have to put an asterisk to make type bold when I want all the type in messages in bold. It use to be that you could set all messages in bold. Who ruined that?


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