The Facebook owned WhatsApp messaging app has become a favorite world over irrespective of the mobile platform it is used on.
Ever since the app made its first launch, the app has seen many interesting modifications that make you love this app all the more and take it to a new level beyond just messaging. Among the recent inclusions is the ability to bold, italicize text or even strikethrough text. While the font for the text has always been the same, WhatsApp has now found a solution to this through a new font called FixedSys. Interestingly, this font is very similar to the font available on the Notepad utility tool on your Windows desktops and laptops by the same name.
However, as of now, the new font is not very easy to use. The entire text that you want to represent in the FixedSys font must be enclosed within three backquote symbols. For instance to present the text This is how FixedSys looks like using this font, you should type out the phrase as “`This is how FixedSys looks like“` and enter the text. This can tend to become cumbersome if you try to use the font frequently. Another point to be noted is that this feature cannot be combined with a formatted bold or italic text.
At present, this functionality is available only on the beta versions of WhatsApp for Android and iOS platforms. In case of Android, the beta version that has this feature rolled out is WhatsApp v2.16.179. A preview is also available for you to see for yourself before you send out the text how it will actually appear to the receiver. The current stable version is yet to integrate this feature. It is expected that when this is done, the actual steps involved in using this font will also be made easier. There are also possibilities of being able to apply this font to bold and italic text too.A noteworthy point here is that this font works quite well in the stable WhatsApp v2.16.133 version keeping the above mentioned restrictions in mind.
The backquoteor grave accent symbol is usually located near the tilde (~) symbol on keypads. Android users will be glad to note that this symbol is available as a separate key on default Android keyboards. It is usually on the second page of symbols and punctuations. You will not have to hunt through your Play Store for a compatible keyboard. But, the fact that the key can be a little difficult to locate apart from the fact that it has to be typed thrice can be a little annoying. However, iPhone users must remember that the standard keyboard made readily available on their iPhones does not support this symbol as a separate key. They will have to download a supporting keyboard from their app store if they want this. Alternatively, to access this symbol on the existing keyboard, an iPhone user will have to tap the 123 key on his or her keyboard followed by a press and a hold of the apostrophe button located on the bottom row. When you do this, you will see a whole lot of new characters appearing. One of them is the backquote key.
Although the steps involved in using this font can appear a bit complicated, WhatsApp enthusiasts can consider giving it a try. Once you get the hang of it, you may find it interesting and use this font style as many times as you can.
Slowly but steadily, WhatsApp has and is continuing to bring out a slew of appealing features to make your conversations with the app as interesting as possible. Other than text formatting options, some recent highlights include the quote message feature that allows you to quote desired media or messages when you want to reply to them. This is especially useful in a group conversation as it makes it easy for users to relate to what you are trying to say. End to end encryption on chats for the purpose of safety is another relatively new feature that was met with a warm response from the public. On the upcoming modifications front, WhatsApp is considering the possibility of supporting GIF files for its iOS platform and a video calling functionality for its Android handsets.