Discord Text Formatting: Bold, Color, Italic, Strikethrough

How to pretty-up your text in the popular chat app

Discord Text Formatting

Discord is one of the greatest VOIP apps to grace our PCs over the last decade, and it doesn’t look like it will be replaced any time soon. The basics alone are fantastic, but have you ever wondered how your buddies are chatting with colors or bolded text? Well, to put it simply, Discord uses Markdown for the text formatting, which is a system that can help you make what you are saying standout.

In this article, we are going to show you how Discord text formatting works and bring some zest into your Discord servers, with colors, bold, italic, strikethrough, and underlined text.


What Is Markdown?

Markdown is a lightweight markup language first released back in 2004. This language comes with plain text formatting syntax and was designed to be simple to read and write. The original only supports HTML, but Markdown is used in a plain text editor, creating rich text for writing messages in an online forum, for example.

Markdown works in the background, formatting all of our text. So now we know what is responsible, let’s move on to the how.

Discord Text Formatting: Styles

Let’s start with the basic styles in Discord text formatting first. Using a few symbols, you can transform your plain text into something more prominent. So, whether you are looking to make your sentence stand out or simply highlight a specific word, we’ll show you how.

There are four different styles that can all be used individually or together; these are BoldBold ItalicsItalics, Strikethrough text, and Underline.

For bold Discord text, you just need to add two asterisks(**) to either side of the text.

Enter: **Your chosen text**

For italic Discord text, you just need to add a single asterisk(*) or underscore(_) to either side of the text.

Enter: *Your chosen text*   or _Your chosen text_

For bold italic Discord text, you just need to add three asterisks(***) to either side of the text.

Enter: ***Your chosen text***

To underline your Discord text, you just need to add two underscores(__) to either side of the text.

Enter: __Your chosen text__

To strikethrough your Discord text, you just need to add two tildes(~~) to either side of the text.

Enter: ~~Your chosen text~~

Discord Text Formatting: Code Blocks

Before we move on to the different syntax and how that changes the color with Discords text, let’s first understand code blocks. This is technically classed as ‘advanced discord text formatting,’ but it’s quite simple.

Discord supports code blocks with the use of the backtick key ( ` ).

For a single line code block, which will just highlight the text and leave the surrounding space empty, use one backtick before and after the text, as shown below.

single line code block

For multiple-line code blocks, you just need to add three backticks(“`) before and after the text.

multiple line block

Discord Text Formatting: Writing In Color

When it comes to colored Discord text formatting, we are actually using a workaround with syntax highlighting. Basically, by typing the name of a syntax language after three of those backticks, you can color your text.
Discord doesn’t have a built-in text highlight function, but Highlight.js runs in the background of Discord, which enables us to add some color to our messages.

As we are exploiting the syntax highlighting, the colors you can use are limited.

The steps for each color follow a similar format with you needing to enter three backticks at the start (“`), then return, then enter your text, return again, and finally three more backticks(“`).

How To Color Text In Discord Red

To make Discord text red, we are going to use “Diff syntax highlighting.” It is worth noting that you will need to include a hyphen(-) before your text.

color text red

How To Color Text In Discord Orange

To make Discord text orange, we will use “CSS syntax,” which requires square brackets either side [ ].

orange text

How To Color Text In Discord Yellow

To make discord text yellow, we will use the “Fix syntax.”

light green text

How To Color Text In Discord Cyan

To make Discord text cyan, we will use “JSON syntax.” With this syntax, you will need to use quotation marks(“) either side of the text.

cyan text

How To Color Text In Discord Blue

To make Discord text blue, we will use “Ini syntax.” With ini syntax, you will need to place square brackets [ ] around the text.

blue text

How To Highlight Text With Color

To highlight text differently to the block codes, we will use “Tex syntax.” With this syntax, you will need to format the text like the steps above but add a dollar sign($) at the start.#

highlight text with color


Circumvent The Discord Text Formatting

Some Discord users may use asterisks and underscores with various messages in their day to day chat, so finding a workaround to counteract the different syntax can be quite useful.

If this applies to you, then simply use aa backslash (\) to negate the effects of the different syntax languages.

Final Word

So there you have it, our guide to adding a bit of sparkle to your Discord server with text formatting. Some of the syntax language used have other colors, but they require a little more effort for the same results as above.