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This might appear silly, but I have been wondering for a while, how can I put code inside a comment in stackoverflow. I haven't been able to figure this out. I have seen users putting those grayish blocks in a comment.

I tried (<pre><code>) but that didn't work.


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you mean like this? – tster Jul 2 '10 at 1:48
This belongs on meta – fmark Jul 2 '10 at 1:49

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You can use backquotes to insert code in comments, just as you might insert inline code in a question or answer: printf("here is some code\n");

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@Ether - I tried doing this. Text wrapped in backquotes displays a gray block in question or answer, but in comments it displays a highlighted box. How do I get the grey box in a comment? – ShiVik Jul 2 '10 at 2:23
@ShiVik: what dis the difference between a highlighted box and a grey box? Do they both use a monospaced font? – Ether Jul 2 '10 at 2:24
Yes. highlighted box is just white in background, it appears hightlighted when I hover the mouse over the comment which has it. Grey box is always highlighted grey whether I hover mouse over it or not. – ShiVik Jul 2 '10 at 2:31

use backticks "" <code here> "".

BTW, this belongs on meta.

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Putting four spaces before the code will automatically generate the code block. Inside of a comment, you can wrap it with ` and it will demarcate the code. Or simply mark up the code that you want to be laid out as code and press the button with the 101010 label.

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You can't, because the comments only support limited markdown tags.

Stop with the down votes - this was migrated while i was in the middle of editing it!! What i was busy clarifying is that it isn't a full code block - you don't get syntax coloring etc, just the highlighted background.

For the FAQ on comments check here. For the details on allowed markdown, check here.

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You were probably downvoted because the OP mentioned specifically what he was looking for: "I have seen users putting those grayish blocks in a comment." – Michael Mrozek Jul 2 '10 at 1:58

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