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How to Quote Text on Discord

Can you quote a text on Discord?

In 25 Jul 2019, Discord has finally added blockquotes to their app.

This was based on a feedback request by Nelly in 2018 which was upvoted more than 13,000 times.

A ton of users have also commented under the request that they desired that feature.

Using markdown, users can now easily quote someone’s text on Discord.

However, some users are still not sure on how markdown works.

Hence, in this article, you’ll learn what does quoting do, how to quote text on Discord, and more.

  1. What does Quoting do on discord?
  2. How to Quote Text on Discord
  3. When do you quote on Discord?
  4. How do I reply to a specific message in Discord?
  5. Conclusion

What does Quoting do on discord?

Quoting on Discord takes a chunk of text and turns it into a blockquote.

Quotes are mostly taken from a sentence, statement, or phrase that someone said (with reference).

Similarly, quoting on Discord allows you to turn a text into a quote.

Here’s an example of a quoted text:

This is an example of a quoted text.

The problem with messaging apps is that several conversations can occur at one time in a chat group.

Consequently, it can hard to track a conversation between two people.

Secondly, it can be hard to tell the specific message that someone is replying to.

For instance, if someone wrote a long chunk of text (e.g. 400 words), it’s hard to reply to a specific sentence in it.

Quotes make it easy to respond to a specific sentence in a long text message.

Lastly, quoting a text provides context to the message.

Otherwise, users won’t be able to tell what the text message is responding to.

How to Quote Text on Discord

How to quote text on Discord

You can only quote text on the desktop version of Discord.

To quote text on Discord, you can either use the syntax for a single-line blockquote “>” (for shorter texts) or the syntax for a multi-line blockquote “>>>” (for longer texts).

If you want to reply to someone by quoting something they said, copy and paste their message in the chatbox, add the markdown syntax at the start of it, and press the spacebar.

After that, press shift + enter three times on your keyboard and type your reply.

To type your response under the quote, press shift + enter three times.

The type of syntax to use depends on the structure of the text that you want to quote.

If the text is a short one without any line breaks, you can use the “>” syntax in front of the text.

On the other hand, if the text that you want to quote contains multiple line breaks, you need to use the “>>>” syntax instead.

Otherwise, only the first line of the text will be quoted.

Here’s a quick guide on how you can use each of these markdown syntaxes.

1. Single-line blockquote

Discord single-line blockquote

Add the syntax “>” in front of a text to create a single-line blockquote.

The first type of blockquote you can use is the single-line blockquote.

The markdown syntax for the single-line blockquote is “>”.

You should use the “>” syntax if you’re looking to quote a text message that has no line breaks.

When you add “>” in front of a sentence, it will be turned into a quote.

However, any line breaks after the sentence will not be turned into a quote.

If you’re looking to respond to a text by quoting it, tap and hold the message > tap on “Reply” > copy and paste the text that you want to quote > add a “>” in front of it.

Then, add press shift + enter three times (to exit the quote), type your response below the quote, and send the message.

Here’s when you should use the single-line blockquote:

  • The text has no line breaks.
  • For short sentences.
  • When you’re replying to a specific sentence.

Here’s when you should not use the single-line blockquote:

  • The text has multiple line breaks.
  • For long sentences.
  • If you want to reply to the entire text.

2. Multi-line blockquote

Discord multi-line blockquote

Add the syntax “>>>” in front of a text to create a multi-line blockquote.

The second type of blockquote is the multi-line blockquote.

The markdown syntax for the multi-line blockquote is “>>>”.

This blockquote is used to quote an entire text message (even if it contains line breaks).

Any text beside and under the “>>>” syntax will be turned into a quote.

If the text message contains a line break or more than one line break (e.g. multiple paragraphs), it will still be turned into a quote.

If you want to type your response under the quote, press shift + enter three times on your keyboard.

Then, type your response and press enter to send the message.

The multi-line blockquote should only be used in rare occasions.

In most cases, the single-line blockquote should be sufficient to quote a text on Discord.

When do you quote on Discord?

Discord quote

You should quote a text on Discord if you want to respond to a specific part of a message.

At times, someone might ask more than one question in a single message.

Here’s an example of a message like this:

When do you quote on Discord? How do you quote someone on Discord?

As there are two questions in a single message, you can choose to reply them separately.

One way to reply to those questions separately is to quote them individually.

In other occasions, someone might have sent a lengthy message with multiple parts.

If you want to address a specific part of the message, you can quote that piece of text and write your response under it.

The best time to quote a text on Discord is when you want to address a specific part of a lengthy message.

Ultimately, quoting a text on Discord is a great way to provide context to your response which prevents confusion to the receiver.

How do I reply to a specific message in Discord?

How to reply on Discord

Tap and hold the message that you want to reply to > tap on “Reply”.

To reply to a specific message on Discord, tap and hold down the person’s message and tap on “Reply”.

After you’ve sent the message, the person’s username will be tagged as well as their message that you’ve replied to.

Here’s an example of a reply on Discord:

username1 replied to username2.

If the person sent a lengthy message, you can make use of blockquotes to reply to certain parts of it.

However, if the person sent a short message, you can reply without quoting it.

Conclusion

Discord frequently takes users’ feedback requests and turn them into actual features.

They have a feedback forum where users can submit their feedback requests.

Users can upvote feedback requests if they like it, and the Discord developers will consider implementing the feature if it garners a decent number of upvotes.

This is contrary to popular social media platforms like Instagram (bring back the chronological feed!) and Twitter (where’s the edit button?).

Their willingness to listen to users contributed to their extensive user-base of over 100 million monthly active users.

It also made them one of the more successful instant messaging platforms.

Further Reading

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Author: Lim How Wei is the founder of Followchain. Feel free to follow him on Instagram.

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