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Sometimes I send pieces of code using Skype. Very often the text is messed up with smileys, and some brackets show up doubled.

Can I somehow send text that will not be transformed? Something like <pre> in HTML.

EDIT ( 19 march 2015 ): In Win 8.1 Skype version (for desktop) both nesono's answer and Nishanth C's answer are working.

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You could disable smileys and suggest your recipient do the same. It's not as nice as what you're asking for though. – Kyle Smith May 18 '11 at 14:48
+1 I always like the workarounds ;) – Bakudan May 25 '11 at 19:09
For reference, here is the official list of Skype formatting escapes, under Formatting your instant messages. – István Zachar Jul 15 at 18:03
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In fact you can keep Skype from parsing the snippet for smileys. Just use two exclamation marks as the first line (rest empty) and paste your snippet afterwards.


!! call_function(0); :) (smoke)

Apart from that, you can use decorations to post *bold*, _italic_ or ~strikethrough~ text.

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Skype for Windows ( support that – KindDragon Sep 25 '14 at 13:58
You can also append "!! " before the text to leave the text raw. I don't like the extra line made from !! – Andrew Wong Nov 1 '14 at 3:51
You don't have to make a new line after !!, a blank space suffices. E.g.: !! function foo() {}; Will output "function foo() {};", without the exclamation marks and the space. No new line. (Skype for OS X, 7.14 301) – EriF89 Nov 24 '15 at 14:09

New skype has a feature to add code. Try this

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Could you please qualify new with a concrete version number? – O. R. Mapper Dec 7 '14 at 12:41
It works here. Skype – Francisco R Mar 3 '15 at 16:46
This do not work with web skype at this time – Carlo Pires Feb 5 at 18:39

To get around this kind of problem in other chat systems, people often post the code fragment on a web-based snippet site like and then just send a link to the code via chat.

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I know, like,,,,, This is not the point of the question. – Bakudan May 10 '11 at 5:04
Sorry, based on question "Can I somehow send text that will not be transformed?" I thought you were looking for a workaround. – rakslice Feb 27 at 0:24

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