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How do I format my code blocks?

I see again and again that people here ask questions very ably — their code looks like real code, all the tags are in one color and all the commands are in another color. But I don't even know how to change the color of text while typing my question — obviously, there is no such tool here (at least I couldn't find one) - let alone format the code properly. How do I do that here at Stack Overflow?

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Click on the orange question mark above the top right corner of the reply box. That will explain everything.

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For code lines, put four spaces in front of them.

void foo(int bar) {
    // vomit

done. Simples. Oh, orange question mark surely is obvious too?

(The system uses MarkDown formatting).

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Write your code, and then highlight it and use the 'code' button above the input box (that's the button consisting of { }).

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You put four spaces at the beginning of the line to make it a code block.

You can select a part of your text and press the { } button to add/remove four spaces at the beginning of each line.

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