Quoting on Reddit makes it easier for everyone involved to know exactly what’s going on, who’s responding to what, and what exactly it is your comment means.
To learn how to quote on Reddit, simply follow our step-by-step instructions below. For any additional information, please see our FAQs at the end of this article.
Note: It is not currently possible to quote on Reddit in the mobile/tablet app; as such, you’ll have to use a PC or laptop, or visit the Reddit website on your phone instead.
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How to quote on Reddit
- Open your preferred web browser and visit the Reddit website, signing into your Reddit account if necessary
- Locate a post from your main feed (or in a subreddit you find via the search bar up top) which you’d like to comment on, or a comment on the post to which you’d like to reply
- Next, locate the comment you wish to reply to, or the section of the original post which you wish to ‘quote’
- Click and drag to highlight the section of the comment or post which you wish to quote, and then copy it either by right-clicking and selecting ‘Copy’, or by pressing CTRL/CMD + V on your keyboard
- Now, click the comment icon on the post (or the reply icon on the comment) to begin creating your own Reddit comment
- To quote, click the ‘quote’ icon in the toolbar along the bottom of your comment text box
- Note: you may have to first click the ‘More’ three horizontal dots, before you can locate the ‘quote’ icon
- Having done so, a small grey vertical bar will appear at the top of the text box, with the cursor flashing next to it. Now, paste what you’ve copied by right-clicking and selecting ‘Paste’, or by pressing CTRL/CMD + V on your keyboard
- Having successfully ‘quoted’ from the post or comment, you can now click in the text box below the quote to add your own comment, referring to this pasted quote. One you’re happy with your quote and comment, click ‘Comment’ to post it
And there you have it! You have successfully quoted on Reddit, congratulations!
If you have any other queries or would like some additional information pertaining to Reddit and quoting, please direct your attention to our FAQs, located below.
Frequently asked questions
What does it mean to ‘quote’ on Reddit?
Reddit, known to those in the know as “the front page of the internet”, is one of the world’s most popular online platforms. Reddit hosts insane amounts of content, of all shapes and sizes, from educational to entertaining, safe for work and… not so safe for work. It is most famous for its communities, known as subreddits, in which users gather to share content related to that community, and discuss it with each other through the comments sections.
If you’ve ever perused the comments section of a Reddit post, then you’ll know that comments work in threads (i.e. People replying to a specific comment being differentiated from those who comment on the post itself). You may also have noted that sometimes a comment is preceded with a piece of text highlighted in grey – typically part of a previous comment, or indeed part of the original post.
This is what it means to ‘quote’ on Reddit. In essence, you are ‘quoting’ what has come before, so as to make it clear what your comment is made in reference to.
Why would I want to quote on Reddit?
Quoting on Reddit ensures that all those other Reddit users out there can quickly and easily see exactly which elements of the comment thread (or the original post itself) you are referring to in your comment.
Essentially, it just makes it easier for you, the commenter, to respond to a particular element of a comment or post, and avoids causing or creating any confusion in the thread (which, if you know Reddit at all, you’ll know Redditers would not take kindly to).
What kind of things can I quote on Reddit?
Anything you can copy and paste!
Can I quote on the Reddit mobile app?
Unfortunately not. In the long-standing tradition of Reddit being a computer-friendly, mobile-not-so-friendly site, there is currently no means on the Reddit app to quote whilst commenting. If you want to be able to quote, you’re going to have to fire up the computer, or go through the rigamarole of using your phone’s web browser, instead of the app!