How to Bold in Discord in 3 Easy Steps

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How to Bold in Discord in 3 Easy Steps

Key Points

  • Discord provides an easy way to bold text, simply enclose your message in double asterisks.
  • You can also combine text formats in Discord, such as bold and underline or bold and italicize.
  • Markdown is a lightweight markup language used for formatting text quickly without complicated codes.
  • Bolding a message in Discord is easy once you know how, and can make your message more readable.
  • Discord uses the Markdown language for basic formatting functions like bold, italicize, and underline.

When you’re typing a message to your friend or on a Discord server, sometimes you want to add a little extra emphasis. You may want to highlight a heading in a particularly long post, draw attention to important information or simply make your text more readable by breaking up long blocks of text. Emphasizing certain words can even help make your messages more humorous. Although Discord has many features, their text formatting is relatively discreet compared to others. But luckily, Discord provides an easy way to do this that’s supported by most devices and browsers. Read on to find out the easy steps needed to bold text in Discord.

How to Bold in Discord

Luckily, the steps to bold your text in Discord are fairly easy, and listed below. Before we dive into the step-by-step guide then check out the video below which quickly walks you through how to bold text on Discord.

Step 1: Open Discord and Log In

First, you need to open Discord either in your browser or in the mobile app. For illustrative purposes, we’re using the Discord app.

Discord log in page
Discord Log In Page. If you already have an account, choose “Log In”, otherwise choose “Register” to create a new account.


Step 2: Compose Your Message

Second, find the server and channel you want to write a message in, or the person you wish to send a direct message to, and write your chosen message. If you’re not part of the server you wish to write a message in, then you’ll need to join the server or make one. For example, we’ve gone with a simple “bold message” here.

Choosing Discord server to write message
Choose a channel to write your message.


Step 3: Bold Your Message Using Asterisks

To finish, simply enclose your message in double asterisks and hit send. This will put your message in bold, as you can see in the image.

writing bold message in Discord
Formatting a bold message.


sending bold message in Discord
Sending a bold message.


Step 4: How to Combine Text Formats

Additionally, if you want to bold and underline, or bold and italicize your message, you can do so. All you have to do is add double underscores to your asterisks for bold and underline or add a third asterisk to bold and italicize. You can see this being done in the image.

writing bold and italic message in Discord
Bolding and italicizing a message.


writing bold and underlined message in Discord
Bolding and underlining a message.


sending bold italicized and underlined messages in Discord
Sending bold, italicized, and underlined messages.


What Is Markdown?

In simple terms, Markdown is a type of markup language. This is a language that provides instructions for how plain text should be processed, formatted, and displayed. We can use markup languages in all kinds of applications, from representing data, formatting communication and web development. Markdown, in particular, is a lightweight language, meaning it’s relatively simple to learn and use, and allows you to format text quickly without needing complicated codes. We usually use markdown for documents, blog posts, and chat platforms. Other kinds of markup languages include HTML, XML, and JSON.

How to Bold in Discord: Wrapping Up

To conclude, bolding a message in Discord may seem fairly unintuitive at first, but once you know how, it’s easy to accomplish. By enclosing your text in double asterisks, you can quickly highlight important text and make your message more readable. Discord uses the Markdown language for its basic formatting functions, which can also be used to italicize, underline, and bold text, or some combination of the three.

Summary Table

1Open Discord and Log In
2Compose Your Message
3Bold Your Message Using Asterisks

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I bold text in Discord?

To make text bold in Discord, simply enclose the text in double asterisks before sending. If you want to add underline or italics, you can add double underscores or a third asterisk, respectively.

Is there a limit to bolding text in Discord?

No, you can bold as much or as little text as you want, as long as it’s enclosed in double asterisks.

How do I format a heading in Discord?

There aren’t any specific options to format headings in Discord, but you can bold a header and use a larger size of font to make header text stand out.

Is bold text supported by all Discord platforms?

Yes, Markdown is supported by virtually all Discord platforms and clients, but it’s a good idea to test out some text first to see if bolding works.

Can I undo bold text in Discord?

Yes, if you haven’t sent the message yet, you can just remove the asterisks from the text to display it normally.

Can I use Markdown to bold a name in Discord?

Currently, you can’t use Markdown to bold a name in Discord, be it a channel name or username. These names have their own formatting options provided. You can also use a third-party website such as the Bold Text Generator to bold your text, and then simply copy and paste this text into the name field.

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