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Is there a way to apply rich formatting to some parts of your code? Sometimes, I have to paste a really large body of code (in case of an SQL query, for eg) but the relevant part (according to me) is very less. I could chop that out, but maybe the other part of the code contains something related to current issue? So - can you highlight a like of code or a few words among a big body of code?

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marked as duplicate by Time Traveling Bobby, Mat, Arjan, Cody Gray, Flexo Apr 11 '12 at 18:17

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The only way to do this now would be by using <pre><code> HTML tags, and then embedding tags like <strong> inside of that block. – Cody Gray Apr 11 '12 at 15:01
@TheEstablishment: Can we agree on not doing that? Editing posts which are utilizing HTML instead of Markdown is a little bit annoying. – Time Traveling Bobby Apr 11 '12 at 15:05
How about shortening the code, splitting it up or repeating the important few lines instead? – Time Traveling Bobby Apr 11 '12 at 15:07
@Bobby: Oh, I'm very much against it. But it's the only solution to this "problem". – Cody Gray Apr 11 '12 at 15:56

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Sometimes, I have to paste a really large body of code

No, you don't.

If you are thinking of pasting so much code into a Stack Overflow question that you feel the need for formatting tools it is time for you to do a little work before you ask people to work for you: prepare a minimal working example that exhibits the problematic behavior.

If you solve the problem by doing so, good!

If you learn something in the process, good!

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That's true. But I am working on a Ruby on Rails project, where creating a minimal working example would mean creating a whole new project with models and controllers and what not. But anyway, point noted. – Saad Rehman Shah Apr 12 '12 at 4:23

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