Discord is a free chat application used by gamers across the world. Since its launch in 2015, millions of players have gathered together to build communities around their favorite games, projects, and other ideas on the platform.
Because of the app’s focus on chat, gamers can use all sorts of formatting features like bold, italics, underlining, and more built right in via markdown. These additions help users better express themselves and ensure that Discord remains a personality-based space.
However, one feature that users consistently search for in Discord is the ability to quote others. The work-oriented alternative to Discord, Slack, has this feature, as do several other chat apps. For a long time, Discord users were out of luck when it came to quoting other users, having to resort to using code blocks or sophisticated chatbots.
Luckily, this has changed in the last year! We’re happy to update this article in 2020 with the good news that quoting is now a built-in Discord feature. Here’s how it works.
How To Quote Messages In Discord
You can quote other Discord users on all platforms (iOS, Android, and desktop) using the same sorts of methods. We’re going to focus on mobile-Discord in this tutorial, though the quoting techniques are essentially the same. Multi-line quoting is slightly different on desktop (it’s easier, actually) but otherwise, the process works exactly the same.
Single-line Quotes On Discord
Single-line quoting 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 Return button on your keyboard.
To single-line quote, just type the “>” symbol, followed by a space and your quote. Here’s what it should look like in the app:
Multi-line Quotes On Discord
Multi-line quoting is when you need to quote something that does contain line breaks, like a series of paragraphs. You could do this by simply typing “>” in front of every new paragraph that you want to quote, though this could obviously get annoying after a while.
As a workaround, you can just type “>>>” followed by a space at the beginning of your message to make everything you type in that message part of the quote. The only way to exit that quote is to send the message and start a new one or to backspace the “>>>”. It will look like this on the app:
You may remember that we said multi-line quoting works a little differently on a desktop? That’s because “>” and “>>>” both do multi-line quoting by default. To make it a single-line quote, press Return and then Backspace to go back to normal text.
And that’s it! That’s all there is to know on Discord quoting at this time.
Using Code Blocks To Quote Somebody On Discord
While there isn’t a dedicated quote system in Discord, you can use the code block feature to achieve a very similar effect.
Normally, this is used to highlight code in a long list of lines, but because it’s so simple to do it might as well be used as a quote function. To do so, simply place the phrase you want to quote within two ‘ symbols.
Example: ‘quotable phrase.’
By doing this, the phrase will be inserted into a code block. While this isn’t ideal for someone wanting a quote, the format is incredibly similar to one. You can also do multi-lined ones for texts that span a few different levels.
That said, while there isn’t a traditional method of quoting, some Discord admins may install a bot that enables quotes and other features. This bot would have to be added into every channel it would be used in, but it’s worth the effort for those who want to quote others.
Fortunately, there are all sorts of ways to customize the Discord platform. Different themes are built-in, with the ability to change font sizes, text zoom, and more.
Those looking for extra personalization can install BetterDiscord – a modified version of Discord that enables users to download customized themes and alter 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.
What’s great about Discord is that users are only limited by their creativity. If someone knows how to code and can manipulate the existing language, they can do whatever they’d like to the platform. Plus, most creators end up placing their creations online, available for free for anyone to try out.
Also, Discord has changed a ton in the past few years. It has evolved from a simple chat app to a space where developers can sell their games. Who knows if they’ll end up implementing a quote feature or some other kind of update that people will love in the near future.