https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Dessert-Rose

Formatting Codes for Duolingo

Hello everyone!

Here are 14 formatting codes.

1. BOLD

**Apples**
Becomes
Apples


2. ITALIC

*Bananas*
Becomes
Bananas

or:

_Coke_
Becomes
Coke


3. ITALICS AND BOLD

***Ink***
Becomes
Ink


4. STRIKETHROUGH

~~Chocolate~~
Becomes
Chocolate


5. LINKS

[Your text](https://www.duolingo.com/Dessert-Rose)
Becomes
Your text


6. PICTURES

To post a picture in discussion, you will need the URL of that image:

![](URL)
Becomes


7. LINES
(Also called "separator lines")

- - -
Becomes



8. HIGHLIGHT

Penguin
Becomes
Penguin

Note: Use the backtick (normally next to the 1 key) and not a quote.

Backtick: `
Quote: '


9. BULLET POINTS

* Black or - Black or + black
Becomes

  • Black

  • Black

  • Black

Note: Press Enter after you wrote your text, whether you want to make one, or more then one, of them below eachother.

You can also do

    • this

by doing

- - this

(Two spaces between this two stripes)


10. QUOTES

>Milk
Becomes

Milk

>>Milk
Becomes

Milk

>>>Milk
Becomes

Milk

etc.

You can make these quotes (or blockquotes) longer (remember to put two spaces after the word/sentence that you want to quote): e.g.

>Bunny [two spaces]
>Rabbit [two spaces]
>Carrot [two spaces]

Becomes

Bunny
Rabbit
Carrot

Note: For long sentences, always add a new > at the end of a sentence like this:

>Hello, how are you, hello, how are you, hello, how are you, hello, how are you? [two spaces]
>Hello!

Becomes

Hello, how are you, hello, how are you, hello, how are you, hello, how are you?
Hello!


11. COLORED TEXT

[color=red]Sunny[/color]
Becomes
Sunny

or:

[color=orange]Sunny[/color]
Becomes
Sunny

If you misspell the color name, don't worry, it will still give you a color, maybe just not the one you want.
You can also use this color wheel to create codes for a specific color.

For rainbow text, go to this post on how to do it.


12. LARGE TEXT

##Twin Towers
Becomes

Twin Towers

or:

###Twin Towers
Becomes

Twin Towers

or:

####Twin Towers
Becomes

Twin Towers

Note: 4 hashes is the largest you can go, once you get to six the text will look like this:

Tree

You can also make large text by doing

This.
---

It becomes

This!

(Remember two spaces after your text)


13. SPACING

Apple[two spaces>enter]Apple
Becomes
Apple
Apple

(The two spaces basically keeps the the word or text from popping back up next to the text above it once your comment/post has been posted.)


14. A LEVEL

|[your text]
|
|[your text]
Becomes

[your text]
[your text]

Notes: This only works in posts, not in comments.
Always add one space after your text and after the | in the middle.


Posts from other users concerning formatting.

FORMATTING CODES
[Short Guide] Everything about Text Formatting
Formatting Codes Guide
Formatting Codes


This post teaches about EVERYTHING concerning formatting in Duolingo:

[Guide] Formatting in Duolingo

There are more formatting posts out there, these are just the ones that I used and followed.

If you have more formatting codes to share, please do so in the comments!


Have fun! AP4418

June 5, 2018

24 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Vabelie

Hello Dessert-Rose! I just want to mention that you don't have to leave the [] empty when linking a picture. As a matter of fact, inserting some kind of description there (yes, it will show) could be a kind gesture to visually impaired users using some device that read them the text aloud (so I heard from some excellent mod I can't remember the name of).

June 5, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Dessert-Rose

Alright. I'll delete that part! Thanks!

June 5, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Vabelie

No, no, Dessert-Rose, don't delete, it's an addition, nothing more. It's good to know you don't have to make a description, but you can. I also appreciate your posts summing up important issues (grammar, site features…) Keep up your good work!

June 5, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Dessert-Rose

Alright. I said that it is optional. Note: I tried doing it with writing in it but it doesn't change anything. The pictures look the same. Thanks!

June 6, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/jonathanbost

The alt text only shows up if the URL for the picture won't load, and it will also be read with a page reader for the visually impaired.

November 26, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/med.rotorrobot

By the way: the underlying tech is called Markdown.
So if you need to know how you can do something or why it breaks your formatting, you can google "markdown + [what you need to know]".

And in case it does something you don't want it to: You can tell it not to interpret your writings as code by writing a '\' (escaping) before the symbols that cause markdown to do something stupid.
(This also means that you have to write \\ to produce one single \)

(I just don't know why duolingo decided to use markdown. I don't think it fits the purpose well. Most of the times it just breaks the intended formatting of the innocent users by igoring their linebreaks.)

June 5, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Dessert-Rose

Thank you. This will definintely keep me busy! :D I'l check it out! Have a lingots for your effort!

June 5, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Gryphowl

Thanks so much!

June 5, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Dessert-Rose

Don't mention it! :D I got everything from other user's posts and put them together! You're welcome though!

June 5, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/tinyflower534

Cool Desert Rose, you really know how to explore a website!!

COOL

June 13, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/tinyflower534

And it WORKS!!!

June 13, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Dessert-Rose

Hello! I just put together alot of amazing formatting codes that I'm really glad you love it!

June 14, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/5UPER_50NIC

Desert-rose...You never cease to amaze me(APPLUASE)

June 5, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Dessert-Rose

Thanks! I'm not sure why I am that awesome? I don't remember breaking a record? :D Thanks though!

June 6, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Wolf-Warrior

Aww, c'mon you've broken every record when it comes to awesomness. All the Wolverines have.

July 23, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ilovejin

Thanks!

July 23, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Dessert-Rose

You're welcome!! :D

July 24, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SecretlyAHippo

This is awesome.

So glad you put this together.

Thanks,

Gwaugle

February 18, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/5UPER_50NIC

DEATH TO ALL

June 17, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Dessert-Rose

Oh no!!! SOS!!!

June 18, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/5UPER_50NIC

Yes, try to escape but IT'S NO USE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! >: )

June 22, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Catherine966298

5uper_5onic, Feels a lot like an Auschwitz greeting. Your language choice of German is very appropriate. Thank goodness my dear friend Monika has none for Duolingo. She has a way of correcting etiquette that leaves you shaking in your boots. Red was also the appropriate color choice. When I was an ESL teacher, I never used red to grade papers. Apparently in Korea during one of the wars, names written in red were in the line for execution. May be DEATH TO ALL is a joke that I am unaware of. Never fear, we will all die. That is a fact. If it is supposed to be funny, please explain it to me. Life is precious to me. So, let's be friends and find a way to enjoy the gift of life. Your friend, Catherine

July 23, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Anna_wang_2018

AP4418

August 8, 2019
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