Discord is a free chat application used by gamers around the world. Since its launch in 2015, millions of players have gathered to build communities around their favorite games, projects and other ideas on the platform.
Due to the app’s focus on chat, gamers can use all sorts of formatting features like bold, italics, underline, and more built-in via markdown. These additions help users express themselves better and keep Discord a personality-based space.
However, one feature users consistently look for in Discord is the ability to cite others. The work-oriented alternative to Discord, Slack, has this feature, as do several other chat apps. For a long time, Discord users had bad luck quoting other users and had to resort to blocks of code or advanced chatbots.
Fortunately, that has changed in the past year! We’re happy to update this article with the good news that citation is now a built-in Discord feature. This is how it works.
How to quote messages in disagreement
You can cite other Discord users on all platforms (iOS, Android, and desktop) in the same way. We’ll focus on mobile Discord in this tutorial, although the quote techniques are essentially the same. Multiline citation is slightly different on desktop (it’s actually easier), but otherwise the process works exactly the same.
You can easily quote text on Discord by following these steps:
- Find the message in question and copy it.
- Type the > symbol in the text box.
- Press on the space key. A line of text appears.
- Now paste the text you copied above.
- Send the message to the chat. Or click Shift + Enter and back to @ someone.
If you need more help submitting a single or double line on Discord, keep reading.
One Line Quotes About Disagreement
One-line citation on Discord is used when you want to quote something that only takes up one line of text. This means there are no line breaks; your fingers never tap the Yield button on your keyboard.
For a single-line quotation mark, type the “>” symbol followed by a space and your quotation mark. This is what it should look like in the app:
Multiline quotes on disagreement
Multiline citation is when you need to quote something that does contain line breaks, such as a series of paragraphs. You can do this by simply typing “>” before each new paragraph you want to quote, although of course this can get annoying after a while.
As a workaround, you can type “>>>” followed by a space at the beginning of your message so that whatever you type in that message is part of the quote. The only way to get out of that quote is to send the message and start a new one or put the “>>>” back. In the app it looks like this:
You may remember when we said that multi-line citation works a little differently on a desktop. That’s because “>” and “>>>” both use multiple-line quotes by default. Press . to make it a single-line quote Yield and then backspace to go back to normal text.
And that’s it! That’s all there is to know about citing Discord right now.
Using blocks of code to quote someone on Discord
You can also use the code block function to achieve a similar effect. However, this method only works on PC.
Normally this is used to highlight code in a long list of lines, but because it’s so easy to do, it can be used just as well as a quote function. To do this, simply put the phrase you want to quote between two backtick symbols “`”.
Example: `The quote` (Type this without the spaces between the text and the backtick).
Doing this inserts the phrase into a block of code. While this isn’t ideal for someone wanting a quote, the size looks incredible. You can also create multi-line texts for texts that span a few different levels.
That said, while there isn’t a traditional method of quoting, some Discord admins can install a bot that enables quotes and other functions. This bot should be added to every channel it would be used in, but it’s worth it for those who want to quote others.
Frequently Asked Questions
For effective text communication it is important to stylize certain words. Here are some other answers to your most frequently asked questions:
How do I address someone directly in a group chat?
When communicating with people in a Discord channel, you may need to send a message to one person instead of the entire group. If you want to private message a person, you can tap their username. But if you want to message that person within the channel, you can do that too.
Just type the @ before typing their username. A list will appear and you can select the contact there or type the full name. When the message appears in the group chat, their name will be highlighted to indicate that the message is specifically for them.
Why don’t the quotes work?
All too often we see users getting frustrated trying to manipulate text with single quotes. Most users think that the price cut just doesn’t work. In Discord’s markdown, more often than not you have to use a backtick symbol, which looks like a single quote, but it’s actually not the same.
You will find this key to the left of the 1 key on your keyboard. It accompanies the tilde key, which is also incredibly useful for Discord markdowns.
Can I use bots to help with quotes?
Yes absolutely. There are several bots available online that you can add to your Discord server and allow quotes. As long as you own or have administrator rights, you can add a bot to make this easier. Quotes Bot is specifically designed for this feature, but one of the bots you already have may allow the feature.
Fortunately, there are all kinds of ways to customize the Discord platform. Several themes are built in, with the ability to change font sizes, text zoom, and more.
Those looking for additional personalization can install BetterDiscord – a modified version of Discord that allows users to download custom themes and change other aspects of the platform. Fortunately, Discord has an open API, so anyone can go in and create their own versions of the social application.
The great thing about Discord is that users are only limited by their creativity. If someone knows how to code and manipulate the existing language, they can do whatever they want with the platform. Plus, most creators post their creations online, available for free for anyone to try out.