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How do I format my code blocks?

I did the following: I wrote my question, paste my code, then click {} from the format toolbar. My code turns to grey-colored, but is not colored as I saw in some other posts (keywords are colored) also I can't insert spaces once I use {}. how can I format my code in my posts ?

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marked as duplicate by Yannis, DMA57361, Shadow Wizard, Mat, Daniel Fischer Jun 26 '12 at 11:49

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You will get the proper colors once you add the correct language tag to the question. – Bo Persson Jun 26 '12 at 9:16
@BoPersson: there is a delay even if the correct tags are present. Only if you do not make changes and wait a moment does the syntax highlighting kick in. – Martijn Pieters Jun 26 '12 at 9:22
This delay is almost 5 seconds. – Jean-Rémy Revy Jun 26 '12 at 9:23
possible duplicate of How do I format my code blocks? - flagged ( hehe in the same time Yanis ;) ) – Jean-Rémy Revy Jun 26 '12 at 9:23
@Bo Persson: that is it. – Jury A Jun 26 '12 at 9:26
If you'd probably tag your questions (with e.g. java), the syntax highlighting would work. – Time Traveling Bobby Jun 26 '12 at 9:27

Wait a moment. When editing your question or answer, the syntax highlighting is disabled temporarily. If you stop editing, after a timeout the highlighting will kick in and the colours will appear. The delay is around 5 seconds, I believe.

This does depend on the tags present on the question, or you can add hints in the markdown source of your post.

To add hints, simply add a <!-- language: ... --> comment on a line of it's own (not indented) before the code block. If you use language-all instead, the choice is applied to all code blocks in your post. See the site help text on this feature.

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