Discord Text Formatting | Complete Guide

Well, we had already discussed the discord Top secret control panel feature in our recent article. Now we will discuss the Discord Text Formatting. We also described you each and everything about the discord app and its features in our previous article so I will not discuss all that again. But if you want to enhance your knowledge and skills then you must review our article Discord Top Secret Control Panel.

Today we will discuss further and will provide you another complete guide on text formatting in Discord. Most of the people are unaware of these tricks so no worries, we will discuss all formats one by one.

I was completely a new user when I joined my first Discord channel. People were entering texts in underlines, bolded letters, strikethrough text, italics, and even colored texts! Well I thought that How people type in colors fonts!

Obviously, I also tried to write “/bold hello guys!”, but that apparently didn’t worked out. I had no idea what I was doing.

discord text formatting

You Can Also Learn Awesome Discord text formatting

If you’re reading then you can probably learn this all through this guide so hold on and pay attention. 😉

Today I’m going to describe you that how to type out exactly every single format which Discord offers.

You can learn the basics steps behind Discord’s formatting systems (Markdown & Highlight.js), basic formatting tips (bolding, italicizing, underlining, etc.), and you’ll also learn how to type out text in boxes and code blocks  in color!

Well, this discussion is enough — now let’s start formatting.

Discord’s Text Formatting Engine

Here are the systems that are responsible for formatting texts in the background of discord. But I’ll tell you that How it works!

The Rundown on Markdown

Initially created in 2004 by John Gruber and Aaron Swartz, Markdown is a markup language intended to be lightweight and simple to read/write. It’s totally text-based and uses smartly sited symbols to format words in bold, italics, underlined, etc.

Even though it’s been most frequently used to format readme files, forum considerations, and to crack plain text into rich text in basic text editors, Discord’s developers saw its probability and fetched it into the main software.

But we’re going to dig into Discord Markdown in the next segment so you can pick up how to accurately format all of your mails in any theme you’d like to.


Before we discuss markdown, I would like to clarify another feature the Discord developers added. It’s a library known as Highlight.js. Now, I want to make it clear that Discord don’t have exact full-text highlighting. You can’t say, “I want this word to be in red, and this one to be in blue!” That kind of highlighting is not supported in this.

What ensures for our text-coloring purposes? Though, it is an old version of text highlighting using syntax coloring methods from highlight.js

Even though we cannot openly highlight text, we have to create a code block in discord, sort it towards a specific syntax highlighting profile including highlight.js, and then we can use that to our benefit by covering our text in the proper symbols.

This will all make much more logic when we discuss them in some juicy examples below. Now, I’ll show you that how to take benefit from these formatting options.

How to Format Text in Discord

Now let’s started. I’m going to tell you how to bold, italicize, underline, and strikethrough text or word as a starting point.

To make you understand clearly we’ll start with the basic things, and then move on to creating code blocks for text coloring.

How to Bold Text in Discord

First we will discuss that how change font style into bold text. To generate bold styled text in discord, all you have to do is start and end the bolded text with two Asterisks , I mean a symbol of star (*).

The asterisk entered by pressing SHIFT+8 on your keyboard.

If you have a look at the image below, you’ll notice that I put two asterisks, or stars, at the start and end of the text I wanted to be in bold style.

Here’s an example of **bolded text**

discord bold text
discord bold text

How to italicise text in Discord!

To generate italics or italicized styled text in Discord, you have to enter the asterisk once again, but this time use only one asterisk.

To bold text, we used two asterisks, as: **bold text**

For italics, we would do the same thing but with one single asterisk as: *italicized text*

Again, the asterisk (star) is entered by SHIFT+8 on your keyboard. Here’s the example of what I entered to get the result shown in the image below:

  • Here’s an example of *italicized text*
discord text formatting
italic text

How to Create Bold + Italicized Text in Discord 

May be you know the markdown for Bold + Italics by now… Instead of only one or two asterisks, it’s bundle of three asterisks.

Here’s an example of ***bold italicized text***

bold + italic style text

How to Underline Text in Discord

  • To format text as underlined, you need to use two underscores (_ _)
  • Here I show you a image below with example too!
  • I typed this to get the result below:
  • Here’s an example of __underlined text__

How to Create Strikethrough Text in Discord

For strikethrough text, we have to use the tilde (~) key.

  • Two tildes cross out, or ‘strike through’, the text you want to type.
  • You have to press, SHIFT + ~.
  • Here’s what you have to type below:
  • Here’s an example of ~~crossed out~~ text
strikethrough text

Formatting on International Keyboard Layouts

Many users have requested to point out international keyboard layouts should be mentioned as well. Here we make the supposition of the asterisk by “Shift + 8” and the tilde by “Shift + Back tick (`)”, but this isn’t always the same.

Here are some extra keyboard layouts that international users use, and I also tried to mention some examples of where the asterisk would be present on each of these layouts.

  • German: Shift + [+] (key right of Ü)
  • Spanish: Shift+[+] (key right of `^ (Spain) or ´¨ (Latin America))
  • French (France): * (key right of ù%)
  • French (Belgium): Shift+$ (key right of ^¨)
  • French (Switzerland): Shift+3
  • Italian: Shift+[+] (key right of èé)
  • Swedish: Shift+’ (key right of Ä)

If you find yourself using one of these keyboard layouts, feel free to correct accordingly. A majority of users usually use the Standard English keyboard but we wanted to recognize other layouts also.

Combining Text Formatting Options

Underlined and Italicized Text

__*underlined and italicized text*__

Underlined and Bolded Text

__**underlined and bolded text**__

Underlined, Italicized, and Bolded Text

__***underlined, italicized, and bolded text***__

How to ‘Escape’ Text and See All Your Underscores and Asterisks?

In case if you really want to check your underscores or asterisks in a message (e.g like in an emoji) you can use the backslash ‘’ key to bounce markdown formatting and see the text just like it is.

Here I’ll show you my example but there is excessive backslashes are needed here because I have many underscores in my message.

__***I want this to be shown in its full glory!***___

escape text

Conclusion of Basic Formatting

And that’s all for basic formatting. It’s pretty easy and simple stuff, and you can do its own and have it down after a few messages.

The only keys you need to keep in mind are Underscores, Asterisks (Stars), and Backslashes.

Formatting for Color Text in Discord

ColorHow to use itCodeOutput
REDAdd diff
syntax and use dashes(-) before the colored text
“`diffThe text is red!“`The text is red!
syntax and include brackets [] around the text
“`css[ the text is orange ]“`[ the text is orange ]
YELLOWUse fix syntax and the text will be yellow by default“`fixThe text is yellow“`The text is yellow
GREENUse diff
syntax and include a + sign before the text
“`diff+ The text is green“`+ The text is green
LIGHT GREENUse CSS syntax and include quotation marks” “ around the text“`css
“The text is light green“
“The text is light green“
BLUEUse ini syntax and include [] around the text“`ini[ the text is blue ]“`[ the text is blue ]

Some Basic Code Blocks in Discord

Want to know something cool? Okay look below:

As I told you in the start that Discord supports Code blocks and you can customize your own code blocks by using back ticks (`). Some of you find it difficult to identify the Backtick (`) on their keyboard. But I mentioned all the layouts of keyboards above, you can check there.

Well, it’s all clear because you don’t use this symbol often. This symbol (`) is present below the Esc button. Click on it and you will be able to use backticks.

Code BlocksHow to use itExampleOutput
Single line Code BlocksUse a backtick (`) before and after the text`this is a single line code`this is a single line code
Multiline Code BlocksUse three backticks (“`) before and after the text“`Wow! That’s a nice blog Keep going“`Wow! That’s a nice blog Keep going

Looks cool?

But it’s not over yet.


Question: What is Markdown?
Answer: Markdown in discord is a smooth, lightweight engine that runs in the background of Discord and works on text formatting.

Question: What is Highlight.js?
Answer: Highlight.js is also an engine feature of discord which works on code block highlighting.

Question: Where is the Backtick mark located on keyboard?
Answer: In most of the keyboards, the backtick mark is present under the Esc Button.

Question: How to escape text and see the underscores?
Answer: Use Backslash () after every words in your text to see the underscores.

Question: Why can’t I color my text yellow for apache syntax?
Answer: Check whether you have inserted a space between the words or not. Try deleting the spaces and use underscores instead (_).

Last Words

As I described you that Discord is a communication port designed for the gamers. Gamers have cool discord custom rooms where you can communicate with others. And today we discussed everything about discord text formatting with the simple tricks that I’ve provided you, by using them you can impress others also. And surprise them with your skills. The steps provided here are very easy so that, you can format text in Discord with ease.

So what are you waiting for now? Open your Discord and explode it. 😉

Still if you have any related question, feel free to comment below.

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