How to Change Text Color in Minecraft

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The ability to change text color and style in Minecraft is both useful and fun. This helps make text more readable, distinguish between different teams in chat, and draw attention to your messages. If you're wondering how to use this feature, we're here to help.

In this guide, we will cover how to change text color in Minecraft chat on different devices. Plus, we'll provide instructions on changing the style of text and answer some of the most common questions related to the topic. Read on to learn how to change your name, messages, and signature text to your liking.



How to change text color in Minecraft?

Changing text color in Minecraft is quite simple once you follow the instructions. Below you will find guides for changing text color on different devices.

iPhone

Follow the steps below to change the chat text color in Minecraft for iPhone:

  1. Find the text color you want from the list of color codes.
  2. In chat, enter the section symbol (§) before you start typing. To do this, open the character keyboard, then press and hold the "&" symbol. Once more character suggestions appear, select the “§” symbol.
  3. Type the color code in front of your text. Do not use spaces between your color code and the text. For example, "§4text" will change your text to red.
  4. Enter your text and send it.

Android

Here's how to change the chat text color in Minecraft Pocket Edition on an Android device:


  1. Find the text color you want from the list of color codes.
  2. In chat, enter the section symbol (§) before you start typing. To do this, open the character keyboard, then long-press the paragraph symbol (¶). Once more character suggestions appear, select the “§” symbol.
  3. Type the color code in front of your text. Do not use spaces between your color code and the text. For example, "§4text" will change your text to red.
  4. Enter your text and send it.

Windows 10

The general instructions for changing the color of chat text in Minecraft on a Windows 10 PC are not much different from those on mobile devices. The only distinction is the placement of the section symbol:


  1. Find the text color you want from the list of color codes.
  2. In chat, enter the section symbol (§) before you start typing. To do this, hold down the “Alt” key. Make sure Num Lock is on and press the numbers "0", "1", "6", and "7" in that exact order.
  3. Type the color code in front of your text. Do not use spaces between your color code and the text. For example, "§4text" will change your text to red.
  4. Enter your text and send it.

Mac

To change the color of chat text on a Mac, follow the instructions below:

  1. Find the text color you want from the list of color codes.
  2. In chat, enter the section symbol (§) before you start typing. To do this, press the "Option" and "6" keys simultaneously. The "Option" key is normally located between the "Control" and "Command" keys.
  3. Type the color code in front of your text. Do not use spaces between your color code and the text. For example, "§4text" will change your text to red.
  4. Enter your text and send it.

Section symbols

The location of the section character is not at all obvious no matter what device you are using. If you're playing Minecraft on a PC with a number pad, typing the section symbol is pretty straightforward:


  1. Make sure Num Lock is on.
  2. Hold down the "Alt" key.
  3. Press the numbers "0", "1", "6", "7" in that exact order.
    However, many laptops have smaller keyboards without a numeric keypad. In this case, the process is slightly trickier:
  4. Press the "Windows" key or click the "Start" button.
  5. Type "charmap" in the search box and open the character map.
  6. Select the “§” symbol, then click “Copy”.
  7. Paste the character into Minecraft.

Optionally, you can use the on-screen keyboard to enter the “§” symbol:


  1. Press the "Windows" key or click the "Start" button.
  2. Type “osk” in the search field.
  3. When the on-screen keyboard appears, click "Options."
  4. Select "Enable numeric keypad" and confirm.
  5. A "Num Lock" option should appear on the on-screen keyboard. Click on it.
  6. Simultaneously press the "Fn" and "Alt" keys on your keyboard.
  7. Click on the numbers "0", "1", "6", "7" on the on-screen keyboard in that exact order and release the "Fn" and "Alt" keys.

On a mobile device, finding the section symbol is much easier than on a computer:

  1. Open the character keyboard. To do this, press the “123” button located in the lower left corner of your screen (both for Android and iPhone devices).
  2. On Android, long press the “¶” symbol. On an iPhone, press and hold the "&" symbol.
  3. Once other character options appear, select the “§” symbol and release the key.

On Xbox, the process for entering the section symbol is similar to that on a mobile device. Follow the steps below:


  1. Press the left trigger to open the character keyboard.
  2. Look for the paragraph symbol – “ฯ” and hold it down until more suggestions appear.
  3. Select the “§” symbol.

Finally, if none of the options mentioned above work for your device, you can simply copy the symbol online and paste it into Minecraft.


Minecraft color codes

Naturally, to change the text color in Minecraft chat, you need to know the color codes. Minecraft allows you to choose the color you prefer from 16 variants:

  • Black – 0
  • Dark blue – 1
  • Green – 2
  • Cyan – 3
  • Dark red – 4
  • Violet – 5
  • Or – 6
  • Light gray – 7
  • Gray – 8
  • Blue – 9
  • Light green – A/a
  • Light blue – B/b
  • Red – C/c
  • Pink – D/d
  • Jaune - E/e
  • Blanc – F/f

Minecraft Style Codes

Besides text color, you can change its style in Minecraft. Type the "§" symbol, then one of the following style codes:

  • Bold – l
  • Strike – m
  • Underline – n
  • Italic – the
  • reset –r

Note: The style code must always come before the color code. Do not use spaces between codes and your text.

Frequently Asked Questions

Now that you know how to change the color and style of text in Minecraft chat, you might want to learn more about changing text in-game. Find answers to the most frequently asked questions below.

How to change your name color in Minecraft?

Not only chat messages can be colored in Minecraft. To have your name appear in the scoreboard, follow the instructions below:

1. Make sure you have enabled in-game controls.

2. In chat, type “scoreboard teams add [team name]” command.

3. Once the new team is created, type “scoreboard teams join [team name]” command. You can be the only player on the team.

4. Type in the option “scoreboard teams” [team name] Color [§color code]”. Optionally, press the "Tab" key after "color" to see the colors available, then type the name of the color instead of the code.

How to change sign text color in Minecraft?

Unreadable text is a common problem with dark oak signs in Minecraft. To solve it, you can change the text color. Follow the steps below:

1. When creating a sign, type the “§” symbol in front of your text.

2. Enter the color code.

3. Optionally add a style code.

4. Type your text and place the sign on the floor.

Express your personality in Minecraft

Hopefully, with the help of our guide, you can now customize text in Minecraft according to your personal preferences. Match color and style codes or mix multiple style codes for more text editing options. This feature allows you to express your personality as well as an awesome skin or a catchy username.

Why do you mainly use the text color change feature in Minecraft? Know of any other fun in-game customization options? Share your experiences in the comments section below.

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