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How to Bold in Discord

Discord text formatting is hidden, but not complicated

By Justin Pot · May 6, 2019
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There are no visible formatting tools in Discord, and yet other users are bolding words. How are they doing that?

It turns out Discord uses a simplified version of Markdown for formatting. To bold text, put it between two pairs of asterisks. Like this:

Discord screenshot showing text between two asterisks

Do that, and press enter. Your text will be bolded.

Discord screenshot showing bolded text

That wasn't so hard, was it? Italics and other formatting work similarly. Here are the most common formatting options in Discord using Markdown::

  • For italics, put text between a pair of single asterisks, as in *italics*.

  • For bold, put text between two pairs asterisks, as in **bold**.

  • For bold italics, put text between two sets of three asterisks, as in ***bold italics***.

There are a few more options, including __underline__and ~~Strikethrough~~.

Discord screenshot showing underline and strikethrough in action

Check out Discord's formatting overview to learn more, including how to use code blocks when you need to avoid formatting entirely.

Discord isn't the only app to use Markdown: Reddit, for example, uses it to format comments. Check out our guide to Markdown to master this text formatting system.

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