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How to make COLORED signs and books in Minecraft [Bedrock/Java, No Mods]

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Would you like to know how to make colored signs and books in Minecraft? Well follow the simple steps below :D


BEDROCK EDITION (Mobile, Console, and Windows 10):

1. Place a sign on the ground (or right click a book).

2. Type "§" (Or copy+paste it)

How to type "§"

IOS:
1. In your keyboard, tap "123" or "symbol" to go to the numbers and symbols page.
2. Tap and hold the "&" symbol and you will get "§".

ANDROID:
- Hold the S key, and "§" will pop up.

PC (Windows 10 only):
- If you have a numpad, hold Alt, press 2, then 1 on the numpad and release Alt
- If this doesn't work for you, some comments (SonThanhVN and Frogwizard1984) have also mentioned Alt+0167 on the numpad
- If you don't have a numpad, then copy+paste it.

CONSOLE (tested on Nintendo Switch, credit to guygamer57):
- Go into the language settings and scroll all the way down. There, you will find the symbols option. Activating this language will come up with 4 pages of symbols. On page 2, on the bottom row is the special symbol.


3. After you typed "§", tap a number or letter in the table below. Then, type a few letters and you will discover that they have changed color or font!

NOTE: The "§" followed by a number will NOT show on the sign/book when you exit.

Color Codes (stolen from here, not case-sensitive):
§0 - BLACK
§1 - DARK BLUE
§2 - DARK GREEN
§3 - DARK AQUA
§4 - DARK RED
§5 - DARK PURPLE
§6 - GOLD
§7 - GRAY
§8 - DARK GRAY
§9 - INDIGO
§A - GREEN
§B - AQUA
§C - RED
§D - PINK
§E - YELLOW
§F - WHITE
§M - STRIKE THROUGH
§N - UNDERLINED
§L - BOLD
§K - RANDOM (see for yourself)
§O - ITALIC

JAVA EDITION (PC & MAC):

1.8+ (WITH COMMANDS):
Please follow these links for a sign/book generator (it can even produce signs and books that run commands!):
Signs: https://minecraft.tools/en/sign.php
Books: https://minecraft.tools/en/book.php

Explanation: This method uses a JSON formatter to edit the NBT tags of the sign you are giving yourself. This essentially gives you full control of everything the sign can do, from its displayname (Insert ",display:{Name:"{\"text\":\"YOUR SIGN NAME HERE\"}"}" at the end of command to change it) to its color and commands.

Note that you need cheats/command blocks enabled for this to work!

1.14+ (SURVIVAL):
If you didn't know, the Java Edition release of 1.14 added a neat way of changing the colors of signs (in survival mode without cheats!): Simply right click a dye item on a sign that you have placed down. This will change all the text on the sign to the color of the dye you are holding.

Unfortunately, this is only limited to the entire text on the sign, and you cannot change the text style. If you want to edit each individual letter or line, use the commands method above.




NOTE FOR JAVA EDITION SERVERS:
If you are on a Minecraft server which supports colored signs (ask an admin or the owner if you do not know), you may use the color codes described above in the Bedrock edition section. Just remember to replace the "§" with a "&".



If this tutorial helped you, please give it a diamond :D
Credithttps://www.minecraftforum.net/forums/support/server-support-and/1940467-bukkit-colour-codes for color codes
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8 Update Logs

Update #8 : 07/16/2020 6:04:56 pmJul 16th, 2020

- Added new alt code for § symbol

- Highlighted all color codes to their respective colors

- Updated and made information more concise and accurate
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06/30/2021 12:57 pm
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ETotem
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i use copy and paste and sometimes alt+0167 i make texture packs and servers and the key always works but i was creating a sharpness 32k sword and wanted to name it in a differant color (blue §1) but the symbol did not paste nor come up when i pressed alt 0167
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06/30/2021 9:15 pm
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Leomelonseeds
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In that case, you would want to use a website like https://www.gamergeeks.net/apps/minecraft/give-command-generator to generate an item with a colored name with NBT tags.
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05/03/2021 1:16 am
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Derpguy41
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so I play windows 10, java 1.16.5, on a server called Purple Prison, and I cant paste the § symbol into anything in minecraft.
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05/03/2021 1:21 pm
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Leomelonseeds
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On Java edition, you will not be able to paste in unicode characters like §. On servers, given the right permissions, that symbol can be instead replaced with "&", and your color codes should work.
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03/16/2021 9:27 am
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super_boov
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summon FallingBlock ~ ~ ~ {id:minecraft:bedrock,time:1,RunCommand:{summon FallingBlock ~ ~ ~ [{id:bedrock,time:1}]}
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03/06/2021 3:43 amhistory
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super_boov
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i wanna make a red
diamond in minecraft. is there some command i could use to do that? if there is please show me it on your reply
PEACE OUT!
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03/07/2021 2:23 pm
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Leomelonseeds
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Unfortunately this is not possible with commands, but you can make or install a resource pack to do this.
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04/28/2021 4:30 pm
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super_boov
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thx
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12/24/2020 8:34 pm
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rentalgemixHDo4
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I am experiencing a problem where I can copy paste the § symbol into the sign (it is invisible), type the color code (also invisible), and the rest of the text will be to that color. However when I exit the sign all the formatting goes away and returns to black. How can I fix this? 1.16.4.
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12/26/2020 1:43 am
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Leomelonseeds
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Are you playing on a vanilla server or one with plugins? If you are on vanilla, you can simply right click the sign with an appropriate dye.
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