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How do you edit signs in minecraft?

Minecraft offers players a huge amount of creativity and customization. One great way to personalize your Minecraft world is by placing customized signs with your own text. Signs can be used to label locations, leave messages, create stories, and more. This comprehensive guide will teach you everything you need to know about editing signs in Minecraft.

Minecraft signs are block entities that allow players to write customizable text on them. Signs come in many different woods types like oak, spruce, birch, etc. When placed, a sign will have a GUI (Graphical User Interface) that allows you to type in text line-by-line.

Signs have a wide range of uses in Minecraft. They are great for leaving notes, labeling locations, providing instructions, telling stories, marking builds, and more. With some creativity, signs can really bring your Minecraft world to life!

In this guide, you’ll learn:

  • How to craft and place signs
  • The sign GUI and how to edit text
  • Formatting options and special formatting codes
  • How to copy existing sign text
  • Tips for using signs creatively

Whether you’re looking to add some personal flair to your builds, create an adventure map, or leave messages for other players, this guide will teach you everything you need to start editing and customizing signs in Minecraft.

Crafting and Placing Signs

The first step is crafting and placing a sign. Here is what you need to know:

Crafting a Sign

To craft a sign in Minecraft, place 6 wooden planks and 1 stick in the following arrangement in a crafting table:

Wooden Plank Wooden Plank Wooden Plank
Wooden Plank Wooden Plank Wooden Plank
Stick Wooden Plank Wooden Plank

This will craft 1 sign. The type of wood used for the planks determines the sign’s wood type. For example, using oak planks will craft an oak sign.

Placing a Sign

To place a sign in the world, position your crosshair on the side of a block where you want the sign placed and right click or press use on the block. This will open up the sign’s GUI and allow you to start typing.

Signs can only be placed on the side of solid, opaque blocks. Some good blocks to place signs on include:

  • Stone
  • Cobblestone
  • Wooden planks
  • Logs

Once placed, a sign will attach to the block. Now you can edit the text on your sign!

Editing Sign Text

When you place a sign, it will open up a GUI that lets you edit text line-by-line. Here is how the sign GUI works:

Sign GUI

The sign GUI has 4 lines of text you can edit:

Line 1
Line 2
Line 3
Line 4

You can type up to 16 characters on each line. Use the Enter key to move between lines.

Editing Text

To type out text on a sign, simply click on a line and start typing as you would in a text field. You can use:

  • Letters (A-Z)
  • Numbers (0-9)
  • Punctuation (. , ! ?)
  • Spaces

Text you enter will appear on the sign. When done, hit Enter again or click outside the GUI to save the text to the sign.

Empty Lines

Any empty lines will render as blank space on the sign. To create empty lines, simply skip typing anything on that line.

Sign Formatting and Special Codes

Minecraft offers some formatting options and special codes you can use to customize sign text further:

Bold, Italic, and Underlined Text

You can format text on signs to be bold, italicized, or underlined using these markup codes:

<b>text</b> Bold
<i>text</i> Italics
<u>text</u> Underlined

Simply wrap the text you want formatted between the start and end code.

Color Codes

You can color text on signs using hex color codes in this format:


Where hexcode is replaced by a 6-digit hexadecimal number representing a color. For example:

<#0000FF> – Blue

Special Formatting Codes

Some special formatting codes you can use include:

&0 Black text
&1 Dark blue text
&2 Dark green text
&3 Cyan text
&4 Red text
&5 Purple text

There are codes that go all the way up to &F. Play around with them to see all the color options!

Copying Existing Signs

You can copy text from an existing sign over to a new one in Minecraft. Here is how:

  1. Place a new sign on a block.
  2. Hold Shift and press Tab ↹ while looking at the new sign.
  3. This will open the old sign GUI – edit text here.
  4. Hit Enter again and changes copy over to your new sign!

This copies all text line-by-line. You can then go back and edit the new sign’s text if needed.

Tips for Using Signs

Here are some tips for putting signs to use creatively in your Minecraft world:

  • Label locations like buildings, rooms, districts, etc.
  • Create navigational signposts to help exploration.
  • Leave funny messages and conversations.
  • Write diary entries and stories.
  • Give instructional signs for farms, buildings, etc.
  • Customize signs with your name, logos, symbols.
  • Make sign art by carefully placing many signs.
  • Use color codes and formatting for beautiful signs.
  • Turn signs sideways to make large vertical displays.

With some imagination, signs can really bring any build or world to life in Minecraft. Now that you know how to edit and format sign text, you can start adding customized signs everywhere!


Editing and customizing signs is a great way to add your personal touch and creativity to the Minecraft world. With this guide, you now know how to:

  • Craft and place different sign types
  • Use the sign GUI to edit text line-by-line
  • Format text using bold, italics, underlines, and color
  • Copy text from existing signs
  • Use signs for navigation, instructions, art, and more!

So open up your Minecraft game, gather some planks and sticks, and start editing signs to bring your world to life. Whether you want to mark locations, leave messages, build stories, or make art – the possibilities are endless with Minecraft signs!