I should be able to turn off the auto-formatting shortcuts. Asterisks do not always mean I want bold.
The automated formatting characters should be configurable for at least off/on. I currently cannot input more than one asterisk or other common-use special character in a message without having formatting occur that is undesirable.
Eric Saumur commented
100% agree. Either drop the feature or give me an option to turn it off. Yikes! Many of us use _ and * in our talk more often than a comma. LOL
I totaly agree that we need to be able to turn auto-formatting off! When I want to tell someone about a filename to check out, and it has a lot of underscores in it, it is verry annoying to keep using ctrl+z to uno that formating!
We are a Salesforce development shop and all of Salesforce field names have double underscores (the shortcut for italics) it is incredibly frustrating to not be able to type in field names. I'm so F'n tired of typing field names in notepad and Ctl-C Ctl-V just to put field names in Team messages/posts
YES!!!! please allow us to disable formatting shortcuts.
Kyle Crabtree commented
There is already a shortcut to bold something. Ctrl+B. Been there since windows 3.1. No need to re-invent the wheel. Let us have an option to remove this auto-markup.
Agreed, sending code internally with Teams messing it up each time is very tedious.
Please make it an option (like in Word)
Also, I've found that this issue does not occur from the main Teams window. I normally break out individual chats into their own windows, and this is where this issue occurs. So, the other workaround is to simply chat in the main Teams window.
Nothing like consistency!
Microsoft: Knowing better than you since 1983.
We just dumped Skype for Teams in our organization, and it is annoying as ****. In our IBM i environment, special parameters begin with an asterisk, so if you mention two or more of these, Teams decides that it knows better than you and that you really intended to boldface the text in between. I seem to recall that I had to turn off this "feature" in Skype, but can't find a way to do it in Teams.
And, all these workarounds mentioned. What utter BS that we have to use a kludge to get around this. Personally, I use Ctrl-Z as soon as I type the asterisk that causes the boldfacing. Probably faster than the other workarounds, but it disrupts the flow of typing.
Microsoft: Knowing better than you since 1983.
[Deleted User] commented
Try placing the last asterisk first, and then the first asterisk. The Markdown effect will then not trigger.
Shannon Green commented
I found a work-around. Add two asterisks on each side, one will disappear from each side and make your text bold, then go the the formatting options, highlight your text and deselect bold. You'll be left with your two asterisks and no bold text. But I agree we should be able to turn the feature off.
Sean Worle commented
Indeed, asterisks NEVER mean I want bold. There is a perfectly accessible formatting toolbar that would allow me to select "bold" if that's what I wanted. But when I want to say *chuckle* or *wink*, I DON'T want those to be bolded, I want them to have asterisks around them.
Even if the majority of users prefer it, that's no reason to not have an option to switch it off.
Raymond Heredia commented
I HATE HATE HATE HATE HATE this feature. MS....do.....something GDI
Yes please, there should atleast be an option to turn it off, it's incredibly frustrating.
Alexander Johnson commented
User research may show that a majority of users prefer to have auto-replacements, but this design decision alienates a significant chunk of the actual clientele: programmers
Teams' can be a real headache when chatting about code since the syntax of most programming languages overlaps with the syntax of the auto-replacement feature. One could argue that we should be using the "code snippet" feature to preserve typed syntax instead, but that feature is inadequate for two reasons:
First, it takes a noticeable amount of time to load and wait for the fade-in animation. This breaks the flow of having a quick conversation. Second, there's no way to have a code snippet in-line with the rest of a sentence. It places your code in a special window pane and forces it to have a title even if you don't want one. This makes sense for Wiki pages and formal documents, but not necessarily for casual conversations with teammates.
A common workaround is to switch to another editor, type a syntax-heavy message there where Teams can't modify it, and then copy+paste the finished message back into the Teams chat box. The fact that an external program is necessary to achieve this functionality should be indicative of a design problem.
Adam Cameron commented
Agreed. If I want to foramt stuff, I'll format it. I don't need Teams to automatically mess things up for me.