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Email Formatting in Mail App Explained: Here’s How To Bold, Underline, Indent, Italicize Text

Last updated: February 11, 2015 at 9:47 am

How often do we get the time to sit in from of our laptop or PC to urgently reply to a mail? Many times you have to reply to your mails from your iPhone or iPad devices. A badly composed mail with lack of formatting isn’t really the best thing to do professionally.

But do we get that chance of formatting while replying from our mobile devices? No.

However, with your iPhone or any other iOS device, you can actually do quite a few things. Didn’t know about it, right? Well, there are several not-so-known yet very useful features hidden in an iOS device. One of them is definitely using rich text styling in the mail app. It’s a great way to conceal the fact that you have actually composed and sent the mail from your mobile device. Plus, the receiver will find your email more readable than before.

In this simple tutorial for beginners, you will see how to format the content of your email messages and include bold, italics and even indent text to your needs in a couple of seconds.

Steps To Format Your Emails on iOS Devices:

  • Go to the Mail app
  • Compose a new mail
  • Select a part of your typed text
  • This will bring up the context menu
  • Press the right arrow
  • This will show options like Bold, Italics, Underline and Indenting
  • Now all that you need to do is choose your option

We’re sure you didn’t know about this unique feature on your iOS device. Now you can easily compose your mail without worrying about the lack of formatting. Having a neatly formatted mail on your mobile device is not difficult anymore.

Note: Articles written at are valid for every Apple device running iOS 8.0, iOS 8.1, iOS 8.2, iOS 8.3, iOS 8.4 / 8.4.1 firmware