Reddit Formatting Help – Beginner’s Guide to Formatting September 15, 2016 How To, Tutorials & Guides No Comments In this quick guide on Reddit formatting, I’ll help you understand the formatting tags and the syntax you can use in your comments to increase readability and engagement. Table of Contents 1. Basic Reddit Formatting 2. Links 3. Lists 4. New Lines & Paragraphs 5. Tables 6. Headlines 1. Reddit Formatting – The Basics 1.1 Italics To make a text italic, enclose it in asterix “*” or underscores “_”. For example: We all want *our links* to stay on the _first page_. becomes We all want our links to stay on the first page. 1.2 Bold Same as italic, but with double asterix “**” and double underscore “__” like this: We all want **our links** to stay on the __first page__. becomes We all want our links to stay on the first page. 1.3 Quoting You can quote your text on Reddit by simply using the “<“ symbol. You can also nest quoted text, like this: We all want our links to stay on the first page. >The problem is that it's hard. >>So how to make it work ? >>>Read RedditSecrets.com becomes We all want our links to stay on the first page. The problem is that it’s hard. So how to make it work ? Read RedditSecrets.com ! 1.4 Superscript text You can suprescript your text using the carot symbol “^”. Note that you can also stack superscripts: Redditor 1^Redditor 2^Redditor 3 becomes Redditor 1Redditor 2Redditor 3 1.5 Strikethrough text Strikethrough your text using a double tilde “~~”: Part of this text will be ~~deleted~~. becomes Part of this text will be deleted. 1.6 Inline Code (Monospaced Text) Sometimes you want to add a code snippet on the same line in your comment. You can format you Reddit comment like that with inline code using the following symbol ” ‘ “ We have an inline code here: 'Console.WriteLine();' becomes We have an inline code here: Console.WriteLine(); It’s a little bit hard to see the difference here, but it works fine on Reddit. 1.6 Block Code (Monospaced Text) If you want to add a monospaced block of code, start the line with 4 spaces (illustrated with ░) like this: ░░░░Console.WriteLine(); ░░░░░░░░foreach (string line in lines) ░░░░░░░░░░░░Console.WriteLine(line); 1.7 Escaping Special Characters All right, but what happens if we actually want to print “*some important word*” in our comment ? Here’s where escaping comes into place: We have an important \*keyword\* here. which will ignore the special characters and leave only the asterix: We have an important *keyword* here. 2. How to post a link on Reddit 2.1 Simple Links If you wonder how to post links in comments in reddit, it is done with the following syntax: [Link To Reddit](https://reddit.com) which becomes Link To Reddit 2.2 Link Hover Text If you want to add an HTML title tag to your link, i.e. displaying text on hover, do it like this: [Hover Me](https://reddit.com "This link points to Reddit") becomes Hover Me 2.3 Linking to a Sub-Reddit If you want to link to a sub-reddit, instead of adding the whole URL you can just use: /r/pics which will render /r/pics Reddit will automatically detect the sub-reddit and add the link for you. 2.4 Escaping Brackets in URLs If your URL contains brackets, you’ll have to escape them: [Reddit](http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reddit_(site)) this will render Reddit) Notice the extra character at the end ? So to fix it, escape it: [Reddit](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reddit_(site\)) results in the correct form Reddit 2.5 Links can’t begin with WWW An important note is that your link should have the URI scheme included. For example, this will not work: [Reddit](www.reddit.com) but this will [Reddit](https://www.reddit.com) Supported schemes are: http:// https:// ftp:// mailto: steam:// irc:// news:// mumble:// ssh:// 2.5 Using Spoiler Tags And finally, there is a relatively new feature that allows you to add spoiler text to your comments and posts. Here’s how it works [Spoiler](/s "write spoiler-text inside quotes") This spoiler formatting is similar to a link, but when you hover on “Spoiler” the actual text next to it will be revealed. For a demonstration, check Reddit’s Spoiler Tag announcement. 3. Adding Lists 3.1 Unordered Lists In order to create an unordered list, you can use either “*”, “+” or “-“ * Item 1 + Item 2 - Item 3 becomes Item 1 Item 2 Item 3 3.2 Ordered Lists For ordered lists, simply use a number with a period at the end. 2. Item 1 1. Item 2 3. Item 3 becomes Item 2 Item 1 Item 3 4.Paragraphs and Line Breaks 4.1 New Lines In order to format a line break on Reddit, you can’t just hit enter. For example, this will not work First Line↵ Second Line You need to add 4 spaces: First Line░░░░↵ Second Line which will actually render a new line. 4.2 Paragraphs Creating a paragraph is actually simplier. Just hit enter twice: First Line↵ ↵ Second Line 5. Creating Tables Now, if you are a web developer you will probably vomit after reading this, but here’s how you format tables with Reddit: Column 1 | Column 2 | Column 3 :--|:--:|--: row 1| row 1 | row 1 row 2 | row 2 | row 2 row 3 | row 3| row 3 row 4| row 4| row 4 row 5| row 5| row 5 row 6| row 6| row 6 Two important things here: The first row is the columns row and is always bolded The second row is with the strange :–|:–:|–: symbols represents the text alignment for the column above So :–: is center-aligned :– is left-aligned –: is right-aligned Column 1 Column 2 Column 3 row 1 row 1 row 1 row 2 row 2 row 2 row 3 row 3 row 3 row 4 row 4 row 4 row 5 row 5 row 5 row 6 row 6 row 6 6. Headlines & Horizontal Lines 6.1 Headlines As you can see Reddit’s Formatting syntax can actually be quite powerful. You can also add headlines inside your comments by simply adding hash tags before your text. For example # Heading 1 ## Heading 2 ### Heading 3 6.2 Horizontal Lines To format a horizontal line, simply put 3 asterix symbols next to each other like this *** which will create a horizontal line 7. Reddit Formatting Help Tool At the end of this guide, I think there’s a tool that deserves a mention and that’s the ReddiFormat Chrom extension by Chris Goulding. So feel free to give it a shot and share your impressions ! John SmithTeaching people how to use Reddit in a better way, writing guides and tutorials, answering questions and trying to make Reddit Secrets a better place. About us and this blogWe are a Reddit marketing company with a focus on helping our customers achieve great results across several key areas. Learn more about us More from our blog See all posts what is reddit used for? Reddit is one of the most popular social networking sites in the… Continue reading reddit what could go wrong? . 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