At the moment I'm copying and pasting it but you cant copy and paste in Minecraft. So please tell me how to type it on a QWERTY keyboard

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    What kind of QWERTY keyboard? en.wikipedia.org/wiki/QWERTY as you can see there are many many types... – BRHSM May 30 '17 at 9:09
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    If you're using a server you might be able to use & instead of §. I think you have to have the essentials bukkit plugin installed though. (Please correct me if I'm wrong, I haven't used bukkit in many years) – Mutantoe May 30 '17 at 12:28
  • On a US_International keyboard layout, its ALT+S. So it wouldbe interesting to know exactly which type of QWERTY layout you have. – Polygnome May 30 '17 at 12:31
  • You can't. Minecraft blocks that character. – anna328p May 30 '17 at 18:56
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    Type an S while spinning in your chair really fast. – Jason C May 31 '17 at 4:19

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 '17 at 13:17
  • @EsbenBoye-Jacobsen what does alt + 5 give you? – Timmy Jim May 30 '17 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 '17 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 '17 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 '17 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.

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