Typing Tricks

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

Just follow these instructions exactlyย and you’ll be good to go! But please don’t spam with “test” comments – thoseย 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 ofย keys, they’ll be converted into smilies! Here’s a chart (left side = smilie; right side = what to type to create said smilie):

๐Ÿ™‚ :)
๐Ÿ˜‰ ;)
๐Ÿ˜€ :D
>:D >:D
๐Ÿ˜ฆ :(
๐Ÿ˜ฅ :'(
๐Ÿ˜ :|
:/ :/
๐Ÿ˜ฎ :o
๐Ÿ˜› :P
๐Ÿ˜ก >:(
o_O o_O
๐Ÿ˜Ž 8-)
^^โ€™ ^^'
โค <3
๐Ÿ˜• :?
:mrgreen: :mrgreen:
๐Ÿ˜ณ :oops:
๐Ÿ™„ :roll:
๐Ÿ’ก :idea:
โ— :!:
โ“ :?:
๐Ÿป :bear:
โญ :star:
โžก :arrow:
๐Ÿฑ =^-^=

Make sure to type a spaceย before and after your smilie text. Thisย 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. Boldย text is used to makeย important phrasesย stand out, which is helpful for readersย quickly scanning through for key points. Here’s how to type in bold:

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

Please note that the PHBย staff may use bold text toย replyย 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 canย 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,ย enter your text (whatever words you want to italicize).
  3. When youโ€™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 theย Internet becauseย peopleย 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,ย enter your text (whatever words you want to underline).
  3. When youโ€™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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315 thoughts on “Typing Tricks”

  1. Eh, let’s try it out…
    I am ๐Ÿ™‚
    I made a cake, I am ๐Ÿ˜€
    I ate it all ๐Ÿ˜ฆ
    The crumbs flew around and made shapes ๐Ÿ˜ฎ
    They all Dropped back on my plate ๐Ÿ˜•
    My Brother Slapped me ๐Ÿ˜ก
    I stuck my tongue at him ๐Ÿ˜›
    He gave me money ๐Ÿ˜‰

  2. Spotted Wolf is my name. ๐Ÿ˜‰
    I like to invent many things ๐Ÿ’ก
    I like smiling :mrgreen:
    oh no it is a tornado โ—
    Help help help!
    Oh good it is o’er
    I hope you will come to my party in multiverse.

    1. I’m a girl. ๐Ÿ˜‰
      My login failed. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ
      My dog drank from the toilet! ๐Ÿ˜ก
      Help! My house is on fire! ๐Ÿ˜ฏ
      RTV Contestant Hip Hop is sooooo cool! ๐Ÿ˜Ž
      I LOVE PHB!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :mrgreen:
      Somebody call 911, I fell down! ๐Ÿ˜ฅ
      Oops, that was a mistake. ๐Ÿ˜ณ

    2. But Spotted Wolf, I used my brother’s poptropican and there was no rooms matching my entry! ๐Ÿ˜ฆ ๐Ÿ˜ฅ

      1. I have one!
        I’m a boy ๐Ÿ™‚
        I won a game ๐Ÿ˜€
        I failed a math test ๐Ÿ˜ฆ
        Ugh… That’s disgusting! ๐Ÿ˜ก
        I fell ๐Ÿ˜ฅ
        I got that wrong ๐Ÿ˜ณ
        If anyone wants to friend me, it’s boysdroolgirlsrule3. :mrgreen:

      2. I’m Cuddly Knuckle ๐Ÿ™‚
        My dog is so funny ๐Ÿ˜€
        I don’t have membership ๐Ÿ˜ฆ
        Kissing-Ewwwwwwwww! ๐Ÿ˜ก
        It’s an earthquake! ๐Ÿ˜ฏ
        I got hurt ๐Ÿ˜ฅ
        Uh-oh, Spagetti-Os! ๐Ÿ˜ณ
        Oh, my god! ๐Ÿ˜†
        Everyone costomized me ๐Ÿ˜Ž
        WHAT?! โ“
        AUUUUUUUUGGGGGGGGHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! โ—
        If anyone wants to friend me, my username is hesnothappy. :mrgreen:

    3. They call me Raymond. ๐Ÿ™‚
      I miss 2012. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ
      Someone hit me! ๐Ÿ˜ก
      Nya-nya-nya-nya-nya! ๐Ÿ˜›
      I fell down. ๐Ÿ˜ฅ
      I tried on some shades. ๐Ÿ˜Ž
      *groan* This test is so hard! ๐Ÿ˜•
      Yay! I passed it! ๐Ÿ˜€
      Ummm, yeah. ๐Ÿ™„
      Sure. ๐Ÿ˜‰

      1. My real name is Meg ๐Ÿ™‚
        I failed English one time ๐Ÿ˜ฆ
        Ewww! That’s disgusting! ๐Ÿ˜ก
        I got detention ๐Ÿ˜ฅ
        My best friend Wilbur (Cuddly Knuckle) is funny! ๐Ÿ˜†
        Everyone costomized my shirt ๐Ÿ˜Ž
        Uhhhhhhh… ๐Ÿ˜•
        I’m stalking you guys! ๐Ÿ˜‰
        If you want to add me I’m gangsterlover2. :mrgreen:

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

    He works at a grocery store ๐Ÿ˜€

    He keeps up with the latest fabs :mrgreen:

    He wears glasses ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

    Next to his house is an โžก

    He rarely gets a good ๐Ÿ’ก

    When he passes,everybody ๐Ÿ˜†

    So do you like my poem?Lol,I’m ๐Ÿ˜ˆ ๐Ÿ™„

    Anyway,Merry Christmas! ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. I’m a boy ๐Ÿ™‚
      My friend moved away ๐Ÿ˜ฆ
      I failed my test ๐Ÿ˜ก
      I fell ๐Ÿ˜ฅ
      PHB IS AWSOME!!!!!!!!! :mrgreen:
      My cat scratched me! ๐Ÿ‘ฟ
      Merry Christmas! ๐Ÿ˜€

      1. I’m a boy, I am ๐Ÿ™‚
        When I leave, everybody is ๐Ÿ˜ฆ
        When I lie to my mom, she is ๐Ÿ˜ก
        When I costomize my favorite Reality TV contestant. I am ๐Ÿ˜Ž
        When I say bad words, everybody ๐Ÿ˜†
        When I fall down and get hurt, I am ๐Ÿ˜ฅ
        When I pass my test, I am :mrgreen:
        Now do you like my poem?

    1. 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! ๐Ÿ™‚

      1. I am ๐Ÿ™‚
        My friend moved away ๐Ÿ˜ฆ
        My cat just scratched me! ๐Ÿ˜ก
        I love PHB! ๐Ÿ˜€
        I got hurt ๐Ÿ˜ฅ
        I stuck my toungue out ๐Ÿ˜›
        I wore my cap ๐Ÿ˜Ž
        Happy Valentine’s day! :mrgreen:

  4. ๐Ÿ˜ Somehow Im really frustrated because my internet is so SLOW PLUS Im playing Poptropica.. ๐Ÿ˜› This blog is soo AWESOME!!

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

    Little Heart is the best person

  6. ๐Ÿ˜ฎ Cool. Thanks. I was wondering how other people did this stuff. This is AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ˜† :mrgreen: โ—

  7. 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:

  8. er…let me try

    I am ๐Ÿ™‚
    I am silly ๐Ÿ˜‰ ( I think this one is hard… ๐Ÿ˜ )
    I made cake and I am so ๐Ÿ˜€
    I ate the entire cake ๐Ÿ˜ฆ
    The crumbs are flying o_O
    The crumbs landed on my plate ๐Ÿ˜•
    My brother slapped me ๐Ÿ˜ก
    I put my tongue at him ๐Ÿ˜›
    he gave me money :mrgreen:

    never more that one smiley in a single commet

  9. 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. ๐Ÿ˜›

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

    1. 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

  11. What happened to the smileys,they look….different,I could remember the ๐Ÿ™„ ๐Ÿ˜† ๐Ÿ˜ฅ and ๐Ÿ˜ณ used to move.

  12. Cool! ๐Ÿ™‚ I was wondering, like, how they did that. ๐Ÿ˜› Thanks! ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿป ๐Ÿ™‚

  13. Oh, and fishey? ๐Ÿป ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ˜› I love this blog. Thanks for creating this! ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ˜‰ ๐Ÿป ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ˜€ X)

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