Format text in a post

How to format text

Plain text can get really boring, really fast, which is why Padlet comes with several formatting options for your text.

You can bold, italicize, strikethrough, hyperlink, highlight, and more! Personalize text as much as you like while keeping it clean, tidy, and readable.

  1. Select the text that you want to format. To select a single word, double-click it. To select a line of text, click three times.
  2. Choose an option to change the text to the desired format.

Highlight the word you want to link by either double-clicking on it or using your cursor to click on the word and drag over it. Select the Link icon and paste the URL and click Link.

URLs, email addresses, and telephone numbers are automatically hyperlinked.


When typing in math use LaTeX code, highlight, and select the Pi symbol to format. 

Not familiar with LaTeX? Click here for more info.

Bulleted and Numbered List

Select the text you want to change into a list and choose the appropriate icon for a bulleted or numbered list.

If there is any other kind of formatting that you need but don't have on Padlet, please let us know by writing in.

Add special characters

Windows / PC

In Windows, combinations of the ALT key plus a numeric code can be used to type an accented letter or punctuation symbol in any Windows application. More detailed instructions about typing accents with ALT keys are available.

  • On a Mac, press and hold the letter on your keyboard that you want to add an accent to.
    • Click the special character you want or choose it with the associated number with your keyboard.
    The letter accent menu won’t show up if there aren’t any options available.

You can also use special character keyboard shortcuts:

  • Open System Preferences > Keyboard > Input Sources
    • Press and hold option on the keyboard to see some of the special characters (e.g. option + p = π)
    • Press and hold option + shift on the keyboard to see more special characters (e.g. option + shift + k = )
    • Another option is to use dead keys.
  • You can also click the check at the bottom of Input Sources to add it to your menu bar for quick access, then choose Keyboard Viewer or Show Emoji & Symbols

You can read the in-depth instructions for Mac for more details.

Mobile Apps

If you're using the mobile app, you can change your phone keyboard to support language accents. Check out these iOS and Android users guides for more information.

Insert equations

Write your formula in LaTeX, highlight the text and choose the π symbol from the toolbar. Once you are done with the equation, click out of the post to finalize the changes and the equation will automatically adjust its formatting.


Can I use keyboard shortcuts / hotkeys for formatting purposes?
Yes! We only have a few options (so far), but more are coming! Check out our Padlet Shortcuts article for more info.

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