If you use Discord to catch up with friends or connect with other gamers, you probably spend hours staring at the client every day. It’s reasonable that you want to customize every aspect of its interface, including fonts. But can you actually change the font in Discord? Also, what if you want to use a different font in the messages you send on Discord?
Unfortunately, using different fonts on Discord isn’t as simple as selecting an alternative from a drop-down list. That said, there are several ways to change the appearance of the font on the desktop client, and we’ll detail them all.
How to Change Discord Client Font
Discord uses a font called Whitney throughout its client and there is no native way to change this. Although it’s a feature that many have been asking for for years, Discord has shown no sign of wanting to implement it. As such, we are left with a few workarounds in order to use different fonts on Discord.
There are several ways to customize the Discord interface and change the font appearance. To begin, click on the cog icon at the bottom left and select Appearance in the left menu. Here you will find three options:
- Scaling chat fonts: Changes the font size in messages.
- Space between groups of messages: Changes the gap between groups of messages; groups are the collection of several messages from the same person in a row.
- The zoom level: Change the magnification of the entire Discord client.
As you modify them, you can see a preview of the changes at the top (except for the zoom level, which changes the client immediately). The green numbers on the slider represent the default value. All your changes are saved automatically.
Use different fonts on Discord with third-party tools
Some third-party programs offer the ability to change Discord fonts. One of them is BetterDiscord. This is a tool that allows, among other things, to customize the CSS of Discord.
Beware of using BetterDiscord. By its own admission, the program violates Discord’s terms of service. Although the site’s FAQ claims that there is no evidence that Discord cares about client modification with this tool, you use it at your own risk.
How to Use a Different Font in a Discord Message
When typing a message, Discord does not offer any functionality to change the font. However, you can use an external font generator to achieve the effect of using a different font, use Markdown to apply formatting like bold and italic, and change the font color through the code block .
1. Use a font generator
First, find an online font generator. Some examples include Font Generator Guru, Fancy Text Generator, and Font Space. Enter your message on one of these sites and it converts it into a variety of styles. You can then copy the style you chose and paste it into Discord.
Technically, these messages are not in a different font, which is why Discord supports them. Instead, the generator website matches the letters you type to an associated Unicode symbol; your sentence becomes a string of symbols rather than characters. This gives the appearance of a font, but it’s not the same as using a real font like Arial, Times New Roman, or Comic Sans.
2. Use Markdown to Apply Formatting
Discord supports the use of Markdown syntax, which lets you apply italic, bold, underline, and strikethrough formatting to your posts. The easiest way to apply them (minus the strikethrough) is to type your message, highlight it, and select the appropriate icon from the menu that appears.
Alternatively, you can write the Markdown manually or use a keyboard shortcut:
3. Use code blocks to change the color
As you’d expect at this point, Discord doesn’t offer an easy way to change the color of your messages. However, there is a way to achieve a colored font and that is through code blocks.
To send code in Discord, use the following template:
Your text here
This alone changes the font of your Discord message to Consolas, which is the font used in Discord’s code blocks. But it doesn’t change the color of your text without a little extra magic.
After the first three backticks, Discord supports modifiers to specify the programming language of the code you’re writing. To help with code clarity, Discord applies color to particular elements. You can use this to your advantage to color entire messages, rather than just code elements.
Below we will list the font colors and the code you need to type in to achieve this.
[Your text here]
- Your text here
Your text here
+ Your text here
"Your text here"
[Your text here]
Obviously, this syntax is by no means obvious or easy to remember. As such, use a tool like Discord Colored Text Generator to quickly create the code you need and copy it to your clipboard.
A downside to this method is that it puts your message in a gray box, which doesn’t make it very aesthetically pleasing, although you can appreciate how your message stands out. Additionally, and perhaps most annoyingly, the code doesn’t change color on mobile – only those who use Discord on desktop can appreciate that.
Take your Discord experience up a notch
As you have seen, it is not so easy to use different fonts on Discord. But with the help of a font generator, Markdown, and Discord’s code syntax, you can mix things up and change the look of your posts.
Discord is constantly evolving, so maybe the dev team will surprise us in the future and add the ability to easily change the Discord font. Until then, remember to dig into every nook and cranny of Discord to make sure you’ve uncovered all of its secrets.
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