Discord Text Formatting Guide 2024 - Bold, Italics, and more

By James LePage
 on July 8, 2022

Discord Text Formatting Guide 2024 - Bold, Italics, and more

By James LePage
 on July 8, 2022

Formatting text in Discord is easy but not apparent. In this article, we are going to discuss how to format text in Discord messages. We'll cover how to bold words, italicize words, and create a combination of these formats to make your messages stand out in a chat room.

Don't want to read? Here's a TLDR!

Bold text in Discord: Put text in between 2 sets of asterix, like so: **bold**

Italicize Text in Discord: Put text in between 1 set of asterix, like so: *italic*

Keep reading for explanations on why and how to format text in discord, alongside additional combinations that will help make your messages unique.

Discord text formatting isn't apparent like many other platforms, because there's no way to toggle a rich text formatting toolbar in the message box.


However, some may argue that formatting text in Discord is even easier than the majority of platforms because of this.

Discord makes use of Markdown for formatting. For those unfamiliar, Markdown is an easy-to-use markup language used to format text on many document editors and systems.

Markdown live preview

Now that we know how text is formatted in Discord, let's take a look at how to make use of markdown and discord to format your messages.

Visual guide to formatting text in Discord

You'll notice that as you type a message with markdown formatting, it will automatically show you what it will look like in the message box. This is a relatively new update to discord and makes it easy to preview what your content will look like before you send it

How to Italicize in Discord

To italicize a word in discord, wrap it with one asterix (*word here*).

How to Bold words in Discord

To bold a word in discord, wrap it with 2 asterix (**word here**).

Strikethrough in Discord

To strikethrough a word in discord, wrap it with 2 ~ (~~word here~~).

Underline bold text in Discord

Combine __underline__ and bold, like so:

**__Bold Underline__**

Bold Italic text in Discord

To bold and italicize a word in discord, wrap it with three asterix (***word here***).

Because Discord supports markdown, we can use it to add other types of formatting. Just know, but not all aspects of markdown supported. Currently, you can only really insert code blocks and in-line code like so:

This becomes a code block.

And this becomes inline code:


We hope that this article answered your question about how to bold text in Discord, how to italicize text in Discord, and how to otherwise format content and messages.

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