I see some people write comments that are for example - in italics.

I do not see any way of doing that while writing my comments. Why is it so?


3 Answers 3

***bold and italics***
[link text](url)

More details here: Text Formatting Now Allowed In Comments

As for why the site doesn't tell you how to do this, I can't say. The site now has a "help" link when writing a comment which tells you exactly what I have written above.

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    italics bold code
    – mmyers
    Commented Oct 6, 2009 at 21:55
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    Don't forget [link text]( url )
    – user50049
    Commented Feb 2, 2011 at 9:54
  • @tim- added. link text
    – Kip
    Commented Feb 2, 2011 at 19:48
  • It doesn't seem to work any more. Commented Aug 18, 2014 at 17:56
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    @TomášZato It seems that it doesn't work if you have a space before the final asterisk. I don't know if this is a recent change, or if that has never worked. you can open an issue here if you want. Ex: *no space* *with space * => no space *with space *
    – Kip
    Commented Aug 18, 2014 at 22:08
  • this doesn't work anymore, and this is a BAD thing !!! Commented Aug 14, 2015 at 3:59
  • @AlexMills What do you mean? seems to work fine for me: italics bold bolditalic code link
    – Kip
    Commented Aug 14, 2015 at 14:51
  • What about keypad keys? Commented Sep 25, 2015 at 7:01
  • If url conatins ( or ) its not working. developer.android.com/reference/android/content/… Commented Mar 17, 2016 at 6:59
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    – That1Guy
    Commented Jul 8, 2016 at 19:28
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    As for why the site doesn't tell you how to do this, I can't say. I disagree. Commented Jun 21, 2017 at 14:26
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    @PrittBalagopal your screenshot is for writing an answer, not a comment. But help has been added to comments also at some point in the last eight years, so I updated my answer.
    – Kip
    Commented Jun 25, 2017 at 12:58
  • There seems to be some discrepancy between the Commonmark spec and comments on StackExchange: **man**(1), but **man** (1); __man__(1) but __man__ (1). which produces man**(1), but **man (1); man__(1) but __man (1). Also, in a sentence on its own, **man**(1) like a **man**(1) page. When pasted into spec.commonmark.org/dingus it displays correctly. Commented Apr 3 at 14:23

Click the Help link under the button Add comment to see a summary of the available formatting options.

commenting help

  • Great solution as it will continue to be useful when things change!
    – Neuron
    Commented Apr 10, 2018 at 14:45
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    I didn't even think to click on that because it's formatted as a link. If I'm in the middle of typing out a comment and realize I want to add formatting the last thing I want to do is click something that looks like a link. As I expect the default behavior of that would be to take me to another page. It really should be formatted to look like something other than a link, or have a name other than "help" that indicates what it actually does. Such as "show formatting options." Or better yet provide the same editor that answers get with formatting options specific to comments. Commented May 13, 2018 at 13:30

Use * * around your text for italics like this

Use ** ** around your text for bold like this

Use *** *** around your text for bold italics like this.


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