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.

WordPress Smilies

You may have seen smilies (also called emoticons) around the PHB and maybe other places. On WordPress.com blogs like this one, when you type a certain combination of keys, they’ll be converted into smilies! Here’s a chart (left side = smilie; right side = what to type to create said smilie):

🙂 :)
😉 ;)
😀 :D
😄 XD
>:D >:D
😦 :(
😥 :'(
😐 :|
:/ :/
😮 :o
😛 :P
😡 >:(
o_O o_O
😎 8-)
^^’ ^^'
<3
😕 :?
:mrgreen: :mrgreen:
😳 :oops:
🙄 :roll:
💡 :idea:
:!:
:?:
🐻 :bear:
:star:
:arrow:
🐱 =^-^=

Make sure to type a space before and after your smilie text. This prevents the smilie being accidentally included in the text around it.

Text Styles

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.

Please note that the PHB 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.

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.

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

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311 thoughts on “Typing Tricks

  1. purple paw says:

    🙂 😀 😦 😮 😯 😕 8) 😡 :p :l 😉 😆 😳 😥 👿
    🙄 :mrgreen:

    ST: Sorry, but you shouldn’t make a comment with only smilies, as this is considered spamming (wasting space). Please don’t do this again. ”Testing” smilies is not necessary either.

  2. Incredible Fish says:

    😈
    ❗ ❗ The new smileys are blobish.
    ❓ ❓
    💡 💡
    ➡ ➡
    :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

    ST: They have now been changed back! 😀 But please do not put so many smilies into one comment…

  3. Speedy Leopard says:

    What old ones? I like these because they are roundish. :mrgreen:

    ST: Read the paragraph[s] about ”the old WordPress smilies” on the Smilies section of this page.

  4. Mathking says:

    Can you use any other HTML coding to do effects on your comments?

    Hijuyo: The ones mentioned on this page are the ones we don’t mind the PHB readers using. 😉

  5. Icy Lightning says:

    My name on Poptropica is Icy Lightning , my ” Battle Ranking ” is really supposed to be 4 , but when I go into multi-player rooms , it’s 3 and a half … 🙂 ! BTW , This . Blog . Is . Epic !

  6. ok, im bach says:

    lol a lot of ppl act like they jst wanna use em but they really are jst testing. 😛 btw i wish they had one like tis -_-

  7. Shinykid157 says:

    Eh, let’s try it out…
    I am 🙂
    I made a cake, I am 😀
    I ate it all 😦
    The crumbs flew around and made shapes 😮
    They all Dropped back on my plate 😕
    My Brother Slapped me 😡
    I stuck my tongue at him 😛
    HE SLAPPED ME :I
    He gave me money 😉
    😆
    😳
    :cry::roll
    ……………..

  8. Spotted Wolf says:

    Spotted Wolf is my name. 😉
    I like to invent many things 💡
    I like smiling :mrgreen:
    oh no it is a tornado ❗
    Help help help!
    Oh good it is o’er
    I hope you will come to my party in multiverse.
    AXX89

    • break dance says:

      I’m a girl. 😉
      My login failed. 😦
      My dog drank from the toilet! 😡
      Help! My house is on fire! 😯
      RTV Contestant Hip Hop is sooooo cool! 😎
      I LOVE PHB!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :mrgreen:
      Somebody call 911, I fell down! 😥
      Oops, that was a mistake. 😳

      • gangsters rule says:

        I have one!
        I’m a boy 🙂
        I won a game 😀
        I failed a math test 😦
        Ugh… That’s disgusting! 😡
        HEEEELLLLLLPPPPPPP!!!!!!! THERE’S A PIT BULL IN THERE!!!!!!!!!!!! 😯
        I fell 😥
        I got that wrong 😳
        HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! 😆
        If anyone wants to friend me, it’s boysdroolgirlsrule3. :mrgreen:

      • Cuddly Knuckle says:

        I’m Cuddly Knuckle 🙂
        My dog is so funny 😀
        I don’t have membership 😦
        Kissing-Ewwwwwwwww! 😡
        It’s an earthquake! 😯
        I got hurt 😥
        Uh-oh, Spagetti-Os! 😳
        Oh, my god! 😆
        Everyone costomized me 😎
        WHAT?! ❓
        AUUUUUUUUGGGGGGGGHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ❗
        If anyone wants to friend me, my username is hesnothappy. :mrgreen:

    • blame it on the love of rock and roll says:

      They call me Raymond. 🙂
      I miss 2012. 😦
      Someone hit me! 😡
      Nya-nya-nya-nya-nya! 😛
      I fell down. 😥
      I tried on some shades. 😎
      *groan* This test is so hard! 😕
      Yay! I passed it! 😀
      Ummm, yeah. 🙄
      Sure. 😉

      • Muddy Kid says:

        My real name is Meg 🙂
        I failed English one time 😦
        Ewww! That’s disgusting! 😡
        I got detention 😥
        My best friend Wilbur (Cuddly Knuckle) is funny! 😆
        Everyone costomized my shirt 😎
        Uhhhhhhh… 😕
        I’m stalking you guys! 😉
        If you want to add me I’m gangsterlover2. :mrgreen:

  9. Christmas Clown says:

    Hey look,there’s Joe Cool(aka Snoopy) 8)

    He works at a grocery store 😀

    He keeps up with the latest fabs :mrgreen:

    He wears glasses 😮

    Next to his house is an ➡

    He rarely gets a good 💡

    When he passes,everybody 😆

    So do you like my poem?Lol,I’m 😈 🙄

    Anyway,Merry Christmas! 🙂

  10. Gentle Margarette Toes aka qwertypad2 says:

    😐 Somehow Im really frustrated because my internet is so SLOW PLUS Im playing Poptropica.. 😛 This blog is soo AWESOME!!

  11. hatersloveme4897 says:

    My name is Little Heart who’s got 35 medals with 2466 friends and is a member

    Little Heart is the best person

  12. Young Flame says:

    😮 Cool. Thanks. I was wondering how other people did this stuff. This is AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 🙂 😆 :mrgreen:

  13. lula4schmidt says:

    Why is this: :mrgreen: called Mr Green?!?!
    Please some one awser me?!?!

    Slanted Fish: Because it’s a green face? Haha, we didn’t name it, so who knows. :mrgreen:

  14. Thirsty dolphin says:

    er…let me try

    I am 🙂
    I am silly 😉 ( I think this one is hard… 😐 )
    I made cake and I am so 😀
    I ate the entire cake 😦
    The crumbs are flying o_O
    The crumbs landed on my plate 😕
    My brother slapped me 😡
    I put my tongue at him 😛
    he gave me money :mrgreen:

    never more that one smiley in a single commet

  15. haha104000 says:

    fishy, how can you do those in posts and i can’t. i can only do smilies but no underlining or bolding or italicizing for me. only in comments i can.

    Slanted Fish: Use the tools in the visual editor when writing posts to bold/underline/italicize/etc. Also, the PHB isn’t the place for these questions; just look it up. 😛

  16. Muddy Kid the Smartest Retro says:

    Uh… how do you make words blue so when people click on the blue words they find themselves in a different website?

    • kurtbushg says:

      when you comment the box that says website can be what the blue words send you 2 such as your blog or poptropica itself hope I could help

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