Tech Tip: Fancy Unicode Text Converter

laptop on desk showing Fancy Unicode UX

I was recently asked how to add formatting to some of the text fields within the Google Forms editor. The fields do not include a visual editor nor do they accept HTML. How can you bold, italicize, or underline the text? Fortunately, there’s a workaround available. This tool is only one of many, but I like its simplicity. There are also apps available for mobile devices and you can even use keyboard shortcuts, if you really know what you’re doing. The “secret” is to use Unicode characters, and tools like this one will convert your text for you. The newly formatted text can then be used elsewhere like in a Google Form, text message, or social media post.

How to use

  1. Go to
  2. Type or paste your text into the text box
  3. Click the formatted style that you wish to use
    • This copies the formatted text to your clipboard
  4. Paste your newly formatted text into its destination

(Please be aware that some of these special characters may not be accessible by screen readers.)

Do you use an app or tool to add special formatting to your text? What’s your favorite?

Have a cool app, tool, or tech tip you’d like to share?  Contact Chase Masters. Please note that Tech Tips are personal recommendations and might not be officially endorsed or supported by U-M. 

Author: Chase Masters, University Library

Chase's role at the Taubman Health Sciences Library includes managing technology projects and resources, consulting with faculty to effectively incorporate technology into their curriculum, supervising staff, serving in the HS-STEM Administration Unit, and identifying and building partnerships with instructional technology units throughout the university community. You may reach him at