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

COLORED SIGN

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


BEDROCK EDITION:
1. Place a sign on the ground

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:
- If you have a numpad, hold Alt, press 2, then 1 on the numpad and release Alt
- If you don't, then copy+paste it.

OTHER:
- I actually have no idea sorry

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 when you exit.

Color Codes (stolen from here):
§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
§O ITALIC

JAVA EDITION (PC & MAC):
NOTE: The above method for bedrock edition only works with books on Java edition! For signs, continue reading below:

1.8-1.13.2:
Please follow this link for a sign generator (it can even produce signs with assigned commands!): http://minecraft.tools/en/sign.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 it's displayname (Insert ",display:{Name:"{\"text\":\"YOUR SIGN NAME HERE\"}"}" at the end of command to change it) to it's color and commands.

1.14+ (LATEST SNAPSHOT):
This latest snapshot added a neat way of changing the colors of signs (in survival mode!!!): 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. If you want to edit each individual letter or line, use the 1.8-1.13.2 method above.


If this tutorial helped you, don't mind giving it a diamond :D
Credithttps://www.minecraftforum.net/forums/support/server-support-and/1940467-bukkit-colour-codes for color codes
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Update #4 : 11/01/2018 11:03:58 pmNov 1st, 2018

- Added NBT tag info for 1.8+

- Added Dye info for latest 1.14 snapshot

- Cleaner format
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You can also use & if you can't copy §.
That is only if you are on a Minecraft server which supports that character :)
How do you end the Italicized when you go onto the next line?
It should automatically clear all formatting when moving lines. If it doesn't, use §R to reset the formatting.
  • Bleyd
  • Level 15
  • Journeyman Pirate
  • November 3, 2018, 10:29 am
That's racist. You're supposed to call them signs of color.
Nobody calls them that. Maybe you're the racist one :P
I loved this so much. I have been wondering for so long how to do it. granted, I am on PE edition. but still, BTW, in PE, you don't need any mods. but I know nothing about PC. Thanks!!
Glad I could help :D
  • KiddNether
  • Level 11
  • Journeyman Engineer
  • August 9, 2018, 4:53 pm
This is nice and all, but signs are easy, just use commands. Its simple, here, have this. Made this when I was learning NBT tags. (1.13 ONLY):

1 LINE:
/give @p sign{BlockEntityTag:{Text1:"{\"text\":\"Text\",\"color\":\"green\"}",display:{Name:"{\"text\":\"Custom Sign\"}"}}} 1

2 LINES:

/give @p sign{BlockEntityTag:{Text1:"{\"text\":\"Text\",\"color\":\"green\"}",Text2:"{\"text\":\"Text 2\",\"color\":\"green\"}"},display:{Name:"{\"text\":\"Custom Sign\"}"}} 1

3 LINES:

/give @p sign{BlockEntityTag:{Text1:"{\"text\":\"Text\",\"color\":\"green\"}",Text2:"{\"text\":\"Text 2\",\"color\":\"green\"}", Text3:"{\"text\":\"Text 3\",\"color\":\"green\"}"}, display:{Name:"{\"text\":\"Custom Sign\"}"}} 1

4 LINES:

/give @p sign{BlockEntityTag:{Text1:"{\"text\":\"Text\",\"color\":\"green\"}",Text2:"{\"text\":\"Text 2\",\"color\":\"green\"}", Text3:"{\"text\":\"Text 3\",\"color\":\"green\"}", Text4:"{\"text\":\"Text 4\",\"color\":\"green\"}"}, display:{Name:"{\"text\":\"Custom Sign\"}"}} 1

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I made this in 1.12.2 originally, edited it for 1.13.
Here is 1.12:

1 LINE:
/give @p sign 1 0 {BlockEntityTag:{Text1:"{\"text\":\"Text\",\"color\":\"green\"}"},display:{Name:"Custom Sign"}}

2 LINES:

/give @p sign 1 0 {BlockEntityTag:{Text1:"{\"text\":\"Text\",\"color\":\"green\"}",Text2:"{\"text\":\"Text 2\",\"color\":\"green\"}"},display:{Name:"Custom Sign"}}

3 LINES:

/give @p sign 1 0 {BlockEntityTag:{Text1:"{\"text\":\"Text\",\"color\":\"green"}",Text2:"{\"text\":\"Text 2\",\"color\":\"green\"}", Text3:"{\"text\":\"Text 3\",\"color\":\"green\"}"}, display:{Name:"Custom Sign"}}

4 LINES:

/give @p sign 1 0 {BlockEntityTag:{Text1:"{\"text\":\"Text\",\"color\":\"green\"}",Text2:"{\"text\":\"Text 2\",\"color\":\"green\"}", Text3:"{\"text\":\"Text 3\",\"color\":\"green\"}", Text4:"{\"text\":\"Text 4\",\"color\":\"green\"}"}, display:{Name:"Custom Sign"}}

Did I use a generator? No, I was tempted though. As I said, I made this while learning NBT tags.
  • act777u
  • Level 1
  • New Miner
  • August 26, 2018, 3:11 pm
edit the
display:{Name:"Custom Sign"}
to
display:{Name:"{\"text\":\"Custom Sign\"}"}

you can also make a lore (the smaller text underneath the name):
display:{Lore:["A sign made by act777u"],Name:"{\"text\":\"Custom Sign\"}"}

the reason for all the \" is to escape the quotes, if you do a bit of programming, you will understand.
I find it stupid and way over-complicated, especially for new to NBT people, but there you go.
  • KiddNether
  • Level 11
  • Journeyman Engineer
  • August 31, 2018, 3:01 pm
Ah, thanks for that! I forgot they changed display name.
Interesting. I might include this in my tutorial
  • KiddNether
  • Level 11
  • Journeyman Engineer
  • August 13, 2018, 5:44 pm
Go ahead. :P
  • Aaaaaaaaaaa
  • Level 9
  • Apprentice Cake
  • August 2, 2018, 12:28 pm
Thanks it works good
btw what does § mean
but i see ppl do it on pc edition without mods
Then they are on a server. PC must have a mod in singleplayer to use it.
oh
Also, mad you make the title like that, wow WTF man??
A bit clickbaity? I know, I've tried to reduce that as much as possible :P
I was using the Windows 10 Edition and I didn't know all the colors/fonts you could use. So this helped alot! thank you so much
Your welcome!
"This only works with books! If you want it to work with signs, download this mod."
Clickbait much?
You dont need a mod for this in Pocket edition..
Actually it does work on signs without the mod...
Sorry, will change title. Was just too lazy ;)
  • Shireen
  • Level 66
  • High Grandmaster Pokemon
  • February 24, 2018, 9:28 am
Nice tutorial :)
Thank you so much <3
  • JohnBanana
  • Level 4
  • Apprentice Explorer
  • February 14, 2018, 6:40 pm
What about Linux?
For colored signs, download the mod mentioned in the article. For books, it should work exactly the same as mentioned. Just copy paste "§"
  • cristimayo
  • Level 11
  • Journeyman Warrior
  • January 4, 2018, 4:54 pm
HI what mod can I use to type & instead of §??????????
Use a mod like ColorUtility, or Color Code GUI. Those mods allow you to use a GUI to type colored text instead of a symbol. (Google them please)
  • WEPlayz_YT
  • Level 1
  • New Miner
  • October 8, 2017, 7:01 am
Dang! Im On PC/Mac I Really Wished It Would Work On Signs D:
  • PQCraft
  • Level 1
  • New Crafter
  • April 9, 2018, 7:39 pm
Download MCEdit here
Hopefully Mojang implements that soon... In Bedrock edition it already works :/
  • LordAlora
  • Level 3
  • Apprentice Blacksmith
  • July 14, 2017, 11:56 am
I don't know id I'm just reading too fast and missing something or if you just left something out but there doesn't seem to be any way to type that symbol on pc or mac in this tutorial. and maybe if you could link me to the mod that lets me use & instead of the symbol, that'd be nice. Thank you!
You can copy paste...

Or of you want more options try this mod, if it works :P
www.planetminecraft.com/mod/color-code-gui-colored-text-on-servers-without-looking-up-codes-rainbow-text/
  • Micoknight
  • Level 1
  • New Miner
  • April 15, 2017, 2:17 am
i cant
Please explain in detail.
This is a great tutorial for those who don't know about this feature. I knew you could use that symbol to change colors in the titles and descriptions of resource packs, but I never knew this tricked worked with signs. Thank you! :)
Im glad that this helped!
  • arxerfyre
  • Level 12
  • Journeyman Archer
  • November 12, 2016, 8:55 pm
In android, just long-press the letter S in the keyboard and you will actually find the § symbol
Thanks for the tip!
  • HPHNM
  • Level 16
  • Journeyman Crafter
  • August 5, 2016, 10:47 am
Nice but if i'm not mistaken you cant find the § symbol in MCPE Android?
In settings, add a chinese character DRAWING keyboard. Then in MCPE draw the symbol with the chinese character drawing keyboard.

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