How to highlight text in Discord – Quick Guide

Discord offers a range of different formatting methods for text, including the ability to make text bold, italic, underlined, crossed out, and even coloured.

Colouring text in Discord is essentially how you can highlight text. Most of these formatting methods consist of using markdown, which is a markup language often used to format text in text editors.

In this article, we’ll mainly focus on explaining how you can highlight text in Discord. There are several methods you can use to achieve this, and we’ll go through multiple of them.

How to highlight text in Discord

First of all, we’ll discuss how to highlight text in Discord. Highlighting text can help certain messages or words stand out above the rest. This is especially useful when trying to accentuate important information to others. The more eye-catching a piece of text is, the more noticeable it is.

Unfortunately, there is no true method of highlighting text in Discord. Instead, you’ll have to find some other formatting methods for emphasising a piece of text.

There are several methods you can choose from, which include formatting text as code, altering the text colour, making text bold, and making text underlined.

We’ll go through each of these methods in this article, and you can choose the method that works best for you.

Formatting Text as Code

The first method for highlighting text is by formatting text into code. This will change your Discord font, and surround the text with a small black box.

This mimics the effect of highlighting. Just keep in mind that the box’s colour will always default to black, so you cannot choose the highlight colour.

To format text into code, open Discord up and go to the message box. Then, type a single backtick before and after your message. For example, `Message Example`

Make sure that there are no spaces between the backticks and the message.

formatted-message-pc

When you’re finished formatting the message, hit the Enter-key to send the message off.

Changing Text Colour

You can also choose to highlight text in Discord by changing the colour of the text. We can do this by using syntax highlighting language, which allows us to change plain text to coloured.

In order to change the text colour, you must first create a code block. To do this, go to the message box and type out three backticks.

Then, press Shift + Enter to start a new line. Here, you can start typing out some text. When you’re finished, start a new line again and type out three backticks. Press the Enter-key to send the message as a code block.

code-block

Once you’ve sent out the message, hover over it and select the pen icon to edit the message. Now, you can start changing the colour of the text. We’ll go through a few examples of the different colours you can change the text to.

Firstly, we’ll explain how to make the text red. In the message, type out diff next to the first three backticks. The word should appear as green. Then, type out a single hyphen before the text. A hyphen looks like this –

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The text should now appear as red. Move the blinking cursor next to the last three backticks, and press the Enter-key to save the changes made.

Next, we’ll explain how to make the text green. Edit the message once more, and replace the hyphen with a plus sign. A plus sign looks like this +

green-text

The text should now appear as green.

You can also make the text orange by replacing the diff with CSS. Then, delete the plus sign, and surround the text with square brackets. For example, [sample text]. The text should now appear as orange.

orange-text

To make the text cyan, replace the CSS with JSON. Then, replace the square brackets with quotation marks.

You can choose to have only one quotation mark before the text, or surround the text with quotation marks for a neater look.

cyan-text

To make the text blue, replace the JSON with ini. Then, replace the quotation marks with square brackets. For example, [sample text]. The text should now appear as blue.

blue-text

To make the text yellow, replace ini with fix. The text should now appear as yellow. You can delete the square brackets as you don’t need them to make the text yellow.

yellow-text

You can also make it so that only words starting with capital letters are highlighted yellow. Replace the fix with elm.

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Now, only words starting with a capital will be yellow.

These are the basic highlight colours you can use for text in Discord. You can change the text colours through other methods as well, using different syntaxes. Here are some further examples.

Make Text Bold

Alternatively, you can highlight text in Discord by simply making the text bold. To make text bold in Discord, type two asterisks before and after your message.

An asterisk looks like this *. You can usually access the asterisk key by pressing Shift + 8. The message should look something like this: **Sample text**.

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When you’re done typing out the message, press the Enter-key to send the message.

Make Text Italic

On the other hand, you can try highlighting text in Discord by making the text italic. There are two methods for making text in Discord italic. Method one consists of typing an asterisk before and after a message.

For example *Sample text*. Method two is consists of typing an underscore before and after a message. For example, _Sample text_. You can access the underscore key by pressing Shift + –.

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You can also use these instructions together if you want to make bold italicized text or other text highlighting functions.

Make Text Underlined

You can also highlight text in Discord by underlining the text. To underline text in Discord, simply type two underscores before and after a piece of text. An underscore looks like this _. The message should look something like this: __Sample text__.

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Conclusion

In conclusion, there is no default highlighting method for text in Discord. Instead, you can emphasise text through other means, like text formatting and using syntax highlighting language. For example, you can change the colour of the text, make text bold, make text italic, or make text underlined.

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