Discord Text Formatting – How To Format Text & Use Code Blocks In Discord

Discord Text Formatting

You’ve seen people in discord writing with underlines, bold, italics, and strikethroughs texts, but have no idea how to do it yourself? Well, this article will go through every format and code block that you can use in discord. You can even add different colors to your text by using simple commands. To find out how just continue reading.

What Is Discord?

Developed by Discord Inc., Discord is a freeware VoIP software that is directed toward online gamers, corporations and institutes. It allows users to communicate through text, images, video and audio within encryption servers. As of now, Discord has over 250 million active users and continues to expand, particularly in the online gaming community.

Discord’s shtick is to provide users with a reliable and clean connection that entails to their routine communication needs. It is available to download on Windows, macOS, Linux, and even Android and iOS devices. One of Discord’s most prominent facet is enabling to users to customize almost everything they want, including text. You can create your own server and integrate plugins and even emoticons yourself.

Formatting Text In Discord:

Discord uses an engine called “Markdown”, that runs in the background when you chat in Discord with someone. This engine is what lets you format your text in Discord. Now, this engine is purely text-based, so it uses symbols to format your text in bold, italics, underlined, and strikethroughs.

All you have to do is add a few characters before and after your text to use your desired format. As for code block highlighting, Discord uses a new feature called “Highlight.js”, allowing you to highlight the selected text.

Formatting Text In Discord
ColorHow To Use It?CodeOutput
REDAdd diff syntax and use - before the colored text.diff-Insert TextInsert Text.
Add CSS syntax and include brackets [] around the text.
css[Insert Text.]Insert Text
YELLOWUse fix syntax and the text will be yellow by default.fixInsert Text.Insert Text.
GREEN Use diff syntax and include a + sign before the text.diff+Insert Text.Insert Text.
LIGHT GREENUse CSS syntax and include ”“ around the text.CSS“Insert Text”Insert Text.
BLUEUse ini syntax and include [] around the textini[Insert Text]Insert Text.

Formatting Coloured Text In Discord:

You should know that Highlight.js doesn’t have any in-built feature to highlight texts. You have to modify the texts manually using code blocks and symbols. How does that work? Well, you have to create a multiline code block by using the back-ticks and specify the syntax highlighting language. Doing that will help you exploit some syntax highlighting language for coloring texts. 

But, there are some rules you need to follow if you’re going to use this method. It won’t always write if you write the text normally. For example, sometimes writing “Normal Text” won’t work, instead, you’ll have to write “This_text_has_dashes” or “Thistexthasnospaces”.

Basic Text Formatting In Discord With Writing Styles:

These basic text formatting styles are automatically generated by the Markdown engine when you add a few characters to your text. A few characters have been mentioned below along with their output.

Text Formatting StyleHow To Use It?ExampleOutput
BoldInsert two asterisks (*) before and after the text.**Insert text.**Insert text.
ItalicInsert a single asterisk (*) before and after the text.* Insert text.*Insert text.
Bold + ItalicInsert three asterisks (*) before and after the text.*** Insert text.***Insert text.
UnderlineInsert two Underscores (_) before and after the text.__ Insert text.__Insert text.
StrikethroughInsert two tildes (~) before and after the text.~~ Insert text.~~Insert text.
Bold + Italic + Underline + StrikethroughInsert two tildes (~), two underscores (_), and three asterisks (*) before and after the text.~~__*** Insert text.***__~~Insert text.

‘Escape’ Text & See Underscores & Asterisks:

If you want to see the asterisks or underscores in your text, all you need to do is add a backslash (\) to skip the Markdown engine formatting.

For instance, “ \_\_\*\*\*Text here***__”. The output will be; “__***Text here***__”.

Now, if these formatting styles aren’t working for you, try uninstalling Discord, and reinstalling it from the official Discord website.

Basic Code Blocks In Discord:

Discord also gives you the option to use code blocks, and you can customize them using back-ticks (`). If you’re having trouble finding the key, then look directly below the ESC key, and that’s where it’ll be located.

Code BlocksHow to use itExampleOutput
Single Line Code BlocksInsert a back-tick (`) before and after the text.`Insert text`Insert text
Multi-Line Code Blocks
Insert three back-ticks (```) before and after the text.```Insert text```Insert text

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