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 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 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-)
^^’ ^^'
😕 :?
:mrgreen: :mrgreen:
😳 :oops:
🙄 :roll:
💡 :idea:
🐻 :bear:
🐱 =^-^=

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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  1. :mrgreen: this is cool

    ST: Thanks! 😉

  2. 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.

  3. Awesome new addition to the Cool Stuff section! 😀

  4. Perfect Dolphin (AKA Vinj) says:

    Hey! Thanks for the help!

  5. Cheerful Claw says:

    Thanks, ST!

  6. Sparkle Star says:

    Cool! 😀 :mrgreen: 8)

  7. mighty raptor says:

    u rock phb

  8. serious spider says:

    Awesome =D

  9. i love the smilies 😀 8)

  10. 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…

  11. Speedy Leopard says:

    are we allowed to “spam” as in test the smiles out here?

    ST: Sorry, not on this blog. 😉

  12. Wow! The smilies are upgraded! :shocked:
    I think they look great! 😆

  13. the new ones are cool 😎

  14. 👿 Aaaaaaaaaaaaah! Monsters have invaded my comment!:o 👿 👿 👿 👿 👿

  15. Cool Wing says:

    The smilies are okay but I like the old one’s better.

  16. 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.

  17. 😀 :mrgreen: 😎 I love these new smilies!

  18. Shifty Crush says:

    This is cool!!!


    Sorry if it’s not so good…
    I wanted the first line to be bold, italic, and underlined.

  19. OMG they changed the smilies back! To the old ones! Yay! Wow lots of good news today! 😀

  20. Smart Berry says:

    This is cool.

  21. Calm Spinner says:

    They’re changed back! The smilies are back!

  22. WordPress smilies are the BEST!! 8) 😛 😆 :mrgreen:

  23. I’m so glad they changed it! They must’ve heard our complaints.
    Thnx WordPress!!!! 😀

  24. Yay WordPress!

  25. Grey Bones says:

    This is so cool
    🙂 😀 :mrgreen: 😮 8)

  26. THX!

  27. Comical Penguin says:

    :mrgreen:celebrate good times c’mon!
    :mrgreen:Im da bomb
    :mrgreen:SOOO COOL

  28. golden shark says:

    i love this! i can even use this on other sites!

  29. Wow! GREAT smilies! This is awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    :mrgreen: 🙂

  31. awesome 8)

  32. Magic Sword says:

    😮 eek! wow nice smiles im surprised to see you guys do all this! wink 😉

  33. Bronze Scull says:

    😮 I love Smilelys! :mrgreen:

  34. serious glove says:

    this is sweet :mrgreen:

  35. Dangerous Scorpion says:

    love these smileys
    i never used to know how to use them

    😀 😀 😀

  36. It’s SO COOL! 😈 🙄 😥 :mrgreen:

  37. this is pretty cool :p

  38. Yay! They put them back to normal!! –

  39. 8) that is cool!

  40. Happy snowball says:

    That is cool!


  41. PHB rocks!! 😈

  42. Sharndris1 says:

    😆 lol! so cute! 😆

  43. Thanks,I really needed that Smiley guide!

  44. just learned typing bold
    the smileys are cute 😉

  45. Comical Hawk says:

    This Is Cool

  46. silverwolf1 says:

    look at me typing in bold!


    😆 i’m such a klutz 🙄

  47. yayz :mrgreen: thanks so much!

  48. yay!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 🙂

  49. cool!! :mrgreen:

  50. Green Boa says:

    😆 this is SO cool! :mrgreen; 8) I LOVE it! :mrgreen: awesome page! 8)

  51. awesome!/

  52. Amazing web site, Hijuyo!

  53. crazy thunder says:

    cool 😉

  54. blue carrot says:

    Awesome 😀

  55. My favorite smiley is roll. See? 🙄 ! It is SO cute!

  56. I love candy! says:

    😮 hello world! 8) Thanks for the cool facts! 😀

  57. HD_ppgz...I AM HEATHER!! says:

    LOLZ!! 😀 the smileyz r AWESOME! 😉

  58. 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. 😉

  59. HD_ppgz...I AM HEATHER!! says:

    i luv the smileyz!! :mrgreen:

  60. spiky bomb aka director bomb says:

    :mrgreen: i love the smilies :mrgreen:

  61. super skull says:

    Cool 🙂

  62. 😮 This is MY mood right now! lol

  63. cool belly(Director Belly says:

    The smi-o-les are SO 😮 awsome:!::cool:

  64. Squeezy Hammer says:

    This is so amazing!

  65. [u][i][b]awesome[/b][/i][/u]

  66. Popular Cloud says:

    Love this website!!! 😀 :mrgreen:

  67. Wild Kid says:

    Yay i know how to do emotes now! 😛

  68. smiles115 says:

    My favorite smileys are 🙄 and :mrgreen:

  69. I love all the smileys.

  70. Little Flyer says:

    Wow, these are cool! 8)

  71. Writing in bold is cool! Thanks PHB for sharing this trick! 😛

  72. EPIC!

  73. Shaggy peanut says:

    Wow! Look at that! ➡ Heh heh. thats fun!

  74. Man dudes nice now many people can type smileys!Man that is so cool!! 😎

  75. spotted raptor says:

    👿 :mrgreen: these smilies are awesome! :mrgreen: 👿

  76. Thanx for tha help phb hope you had a merry christmas and a happy new year. :mrgreen:!!

  77. Friendly Shark/Poseidon says:

    Awesome! 😆

  78. Brave Tomato/Eliza Williams the Huntress says:

    I think they changed up the : o smiley. Look: :O

  79. 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 !

  80. 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 -_-

  81. This cool awesome

  82. 👿 <—- my favorite

  83. 😦 😀 < My favorite smileys

  84. Hey Thanks for the WordPress Smilies. 😮 😡 😳 :mrgreen:

  85. Cool! 😎 <<Hope that worked :mrgreen:

  86. Im going to try A Bold italic 😄 😮 😎 THIS IS AwESOME

  87. 🙄 “Totally Awesome. Thanks ST Hijuyo ElmoPwns (EP) And the other staff of this awESOmE website

  88. ➡ 👿

    I am Cool 8D THIS IS AWESOME 😀 AWESOOMMMEEE!!!!!!! 😀 😀 😀 😀 :mrgreen:

  89. cool!:D D: 🙂 – – – 🙄

  90. Sporty Clown says:

    👿 👿 :mrgreen: lol

  91. I finally know how to type bold! Thanks for the help. 😎

  92. smileys are cool!

  93. ” &”” are also bold. ““&” are also italic. Just like (X)HTML tags!

  94. In LalaLand says:

    this one is my favorite: :mrgreen:

  95. In LalaLand says:

    i also like this one: 😮

  96. bold

  97. I LOVE IT!

  98. Red Dragon says:

    This is so cool! Thanks for posting! 😀 ☺☻♥

  99. strange beetle says:

    smilies are “just the way they are”! 😀 😛

  100. 😀 thats cool

  101. me me

  102. Undefined Undefined says:

    REALLY cool!

  103. Typing in bold is fun 😀

  104. tall spider says:

    wow so …..

  105. 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 gave me money 😉

  106. I love it!!! 🙂

  107. Hi this is cool!!! It’s BOLD. What’ya doin’
    Oh my the wind is blowing the letters AHHHH!

  108. I ❤ This BLOG!!!!!!!!1

  109. 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.

    • 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. 😳

    • break dance says:

      But Spotted Wolf, I used my brother’s poptropican and there was no rooms matching my entry! 😦 😥

      • A Very Merry Wild Berry. says:

        I know. I left. Soon before you tried.

      • gangsters rule says:

        I have one!
        I’m a boy 🙂
        I won a game 😀
        I failed a math test 😦
        Ugh… That’s disgusting! 😡
        I fell 😥
        I got that wrong 😳
        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?! ❓
        If anyone wants to friend me, my username is hesnothappy. :mrgreen:

      • Copy Cat says:

        : o_O : Why does nobody every use this one?

    • 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. 😉

      • Why do you want someone to hit you?Yes,I also miss 2012,Raymond.

      • 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:

  110. 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! 🙂

  111. happy horse says:

    meow meow

  112. Just so you know,you can’t underline words any more. Watch: Hello!

  113. I want to find out where to get the cool girl hair because i hate that plain hair.

    • There are plenty of hairstyles you can customize from on Poptropica. You might want to be more specific, but if you’d like to customize my Poptropican’s hair, add hi.Juyo to your friends list. Also, check out the PHB’s Friend Finder for more usernames to add! 🙂

  114. Um…how do you interlink words?

  115. I love smilies! :mrgreen:

  116. 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!!

  117. i love talking in bold

  118. karkei says:

    😀 Thanks for the help on how to do the emoticons!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  119. Red Ice says:

    This one 🙂 is what I use the most. U can tell it might be me if you see it! 🙂

  120. hatersloveme4897 says:

    I love the rolling eyes face!See? 🙄 🙄

  121. hatersloveme4897 says:

    It worked,thanks PHB!!!!

  122. 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

  123. hatersloveme4897 says:

    Thanks Slanted Fish,I owe you one

  124. Young Flame says:

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

  125. Slippery Dolphin says:

    I think my favorite smiley is :mrgreen: 😀

  126. Wow, thnx! this helped alot!! :mrgreen:

  127. 🙂 i love smilies.
    and by the way how you do this is with a thing called HTML.
    it is amazing.

  128. 👿 I love this smiley!

  129. Silly Pelican says:

    Thanks for the info! ^^

  130. cheriebell1 says:

    I love the ones that move! I could watch them all day…….

  131. Sweetbakerys (Silver Carrot) says:


  132. Elphangor says:


  133. Cool:)

  134. I don’t know if someone has already said this, but evil and twisted are different. Evil has a frown and twisted has a smile. : )

  135. Cool! 🙂

  136. How do you PHB guys put those words with a slash through them?

    Slanted Fish: Put the word ‘strike’ between the brackets.

  137. 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:

  138. The smiles changed! NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!

  139. I agree FL how do you do that?

  140. I’m a Fantage blogger (Fantage is another virtual world) and Fantage bloggers use smilies 24/7. 😛 😎

  141. awesome!!! :mrgreen: plz do more 😀

  142. if you want to add me, type kirby6709 you will see what i look like :mrgreen: 😀

  143. 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

  144. clean shell says:


  145. superb :mrgreen:

  146. awesome:-)

  147. haha104000 says:

    my poptropican’s little sister lost her teddy. can you find it? 🐻

  148. Budder Sorceress says:

    I have a question, and didn’t know where to put it, can we still make colored texts?

  149. 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. 😛

  150. BEST BLOG EVER!!!!

  151. I also noticed the Logo Change for PHB

  152. awesome page thx for all the guides

  153. 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?

    • 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

  154. Magic Snowball says:

    This is awesome!!!

  155. Cool 🐻

  156. the 🐻 is weirder than :mrgreen:

  157. Flickyfriend002 / Fisio14 says:

    Thanks for the tips 🙂 this is just like making a html website (my teacher told me that)

  158. Prickly Monster says:

    Thanks for the tips 😀

  159. Sleepy Hero says:


  160. Tyson4924 says:

    What happened to the smileys,they look….different,I could remember the 🙄 😆 😥 and 😳 used to move.

  161. bubblebunny313 says:

    aweome!!!!!!!! thx 🙂 😎 ❤

  162. Cool! 🙂 I was wondering, like, how they did that. 😛 Thanks! 🙂 🐻 🙂

  163. Oh, and fishey? 🐻 🙂 😛 I love this blog. Thanks for creating this! 🙂 😉 🐻 🙂 😀 X)

  164. i want to hear about dummy friends

  165. I miss the old smilies : (

  166. Smart Popper says:

    You forgot =^-^=, which does 🐱 .

    slantedfish: Thanks for the tip! Added. 🐱

  167. Thanks So Much
    You Help Me In Almost Everything!

  168. Thanks So Much
    You Help Me In Almost Everything!

  169. moody tuna says:

    (= ^W^ =)
    U U

    found this on the web. so cute!

  170. Speedy Ring says:

    this is so cool love it!

  171. Friendly Comet aka Captain Comet aka Super Comet says:

    How do you make the devils?

  172. Hey, the smileys changed again! 😀
    I haven’t been using them for a long time… my comment would go awaiting moderation…

  173. I love emoticons, and all the typing tricks! 🐻 ⭐

  174. o_O emojis are so cool !!! ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

  175. rachel7686 says:

    its nice 🙂

  176. wow

  177. I love this blog

  178. 🙄


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