At the moment I'm copying and pasting it but you cant copy and paste in Minecraft. How can I type it on a QWERTY keyboard?


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It looks likes you have two options:

There is an ALT Code you can try to type. To try it:

  • Hold down the ALT key on your keyboard
  • Using the number pad (it must be the number pad), type 2, then 1 (21). Make sure Num Lock is on.
  • Release ALT and it should type a §

On Mac, it looks like if you hold ALT and type 6, it will type the § sign (ALT and 5 for extended U.S. keyboards).

The other way is to use plugins that replace the § with something else. Looking around, it seems CommandBook for Bukkit may work.

Sources: Minecraft Wiki, Talk:Formatting codes

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    As for the Mac, then it really depends on the localization of keyboard. My alt+6 gives a ™ where shift+$ gives a § ... A solution to this could be to use the Keyboard Viewer to see which combination would give a §
    – Fizk
    May 30, 2017 at 13:17
  • @EsbenBoye-Jacobsen what does alt + 5 give you?
    – Timmy Jim
    May 30, 2017 at 13:18
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    It gives me a ∞ ... I'm on a danish mac keyboard without a keypad; apple.com/shop/product/MLA22DK/A/magic-keyboard-danish
    – Fizk
    May 30, 2017 at 13:58
  • @EsbenBoye-Jacobsen oh boy, that's much different. Not sure what it would be for a Danish Mac Keyboard with no number pad... I would say just keep experimenting.
    – Timmy Jim
    May 30, 2017 at 14:02
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    NB: On Linux desktops you can use CTRL-SHIFT-U followed by A7<space> to get §
    – cat
    May 31, 2017 at 2:28

Minecraft stopped the Alt code insertion a long time ago. At one point they allowed insertion of Unicode characters in command blocks, but that too was removed. The only way now is via external editors, such as NBTExplorer.

Other than external editors or Bukkit plugins(Essentials v3 supports using & instead), I do not think there is any other way to insert section symbols.


On Windows 10, hold Alt and press 0167. If that doesn't work, try 21.


I found that you can copy-paste the symbol into mc, it doesn't show up but then if you type a number or letter for your formatting (e.g. paste and then 1) the no./letter won't show up, and then anything you type after it will show up in the formatting.


Minecraft prevents typing "§" characters into in-game text fields. In modern versions pasted text will automatically be filtered. Sending chat messages in servers with this symbol will usually get you kicked, even on vanilla.

There are 4 ways you can bypass this restriction:

  • Client-side modifications (remove text field restrictions).
  • Server-side plugins and modifications (which for example replace "&" with "§", or prevents players being kicked).
  • Server console ("§" can be used in commands).
  • External editors (for example, NBTExplorer).

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