Instead of putting an image to type up a question, how do I get the gray background? For example here:

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It isn't a question, but I want that background?

JL guessing: Like this?

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    $\begingroup$ Sorry about mutilating your question, but I wanted to make sure what you are asking about. And at the same time let you see the source code. $\endgroup$ Commented Feb 22, 2015 at 17:19
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    $\begingroup$ If you want to see how a question was formatted, you can click on "edit" (even if you don't intend to modify it). This lets you see the source code. $\endgroup$ Commented Feb 22, 2015 at 18:13

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The Markdown Help Page, is useful for editing tricks that are not MathJax related. It mentions in Simple Blockquotes that putting > in front of a line creates a blockquote.

Sample Blockquoted line.

There is also a section on Advanced Blockquotes.

  • $\begingroup$ Yes, but this doesnt work sometimes? $\endgroup$
    – Lebes
    Commented Feb 23, 2015 at 7:55
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    $\begingroup$ @Lebes: In which case? $\endgroup$
    – robjohn Mod
    Commented Feb 23, 2015 at 7:57

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