Typing Tricks

When writing comments around our blog, there are many different ways you can type to get your message across better. Putting in one or two smilies to express how you feel or changing the text style to make it stand out are some ways of communication you can use on all WordPress.com blogs!

Just follow these instructions exactly and you’ll be good to go! But please don’t spam with “test” comments – those are considered spam and will be deleted.

Emotions

What a better way to tell how you’re feeling right now than typing a smiley/emoticon. On this page, you will find a collection of smilies/emoticons you can use to express your feelings while commenting. These smiles/emoticons can be used in every WordPress.com blogs. Below is a chart of WordPress.com smiles (remove the spacing):

🙂 – : )

😉 – ; )

😦 – : (

😀 – : D

😛 – : P

😥 – : ‘ (

😡 – > : (

😀 – > : D

😮 – : o

:mrgreen: – : mrgreen :

o_O – o _ O

😎 – : cool :

 – < 3

:/ – : /

😐 – : |

🙄 – : roll :

😆 – : lol :

👿 – : evil :

😈 – : twisted :

😕 – : ?

😳 – : oops :

💡 – : idea :

 – : star :

 – : arrow :

🐻 – : bear :

^^’ – ^ ^ ‘

 – : ! :

 – : ? :

Make sure to leave a space before and after entering your smiley. Otherwise it will be mixed with other text & it won’t work.

Typing in Style

Changing the style of your text can be a great way to grab attention, as long as it’s not overused.

Typing in Bold

“Bold” is when you make the characters in your text thicker, like this. Bold text is used to make important phrases stand out, which is helpful for readers quickly scanning through for key points. Here’s how to type in bold:

  1. Type <b> at the beginning.
  2. Next, enter your text (whatever words you want to bold).
  3. When you’re done typing, add </b> to finish it off.

Here is an example: <b> insert text here </b>

Please note that the staff may use bold text to reply to comments, so please don’t use it for anything longer than a sentence.

Typing in Italics

When text is slightly slanted to the right side, like this, it’s called italics. They can be used to emphasize an important word in a sentence, for example: I love Poptropica. Titles of books, movies, etc. are also often italicized. Here’s how to type using italics:

  1. Type <i> at the beginning.
  2. Next, enter your text (whatever words you want to italicize).
  3. When you’re done typing your message, add </i> to finish it off.

Here’s an example: <i> insert text here </i>

Remember not to overuse them (as in, don’t use them for long passages) or it’ll be hard to read.

Typing with Underline

Underlined text is when words have a line underneath them, like this. However, it’s actually best not to underline text on the Internet because people may mistake it for a link. Bolding or italicizing text is a more web-friendly option. Here’s how to underline your text:

  1. Type <u> at the beginning.
  2. Next, enter your text (whatever words you want to underline).
  3. When you’re done typing, add </u> to finish it off.

Here’s an example: <u> insert text here </u>

Note: Underlining may be used as an alternative for bolding important headings or italicizing book titles.

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