How to change Discord fonts: 3 Best Ways

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If you’re one of the 175 million people who use Discord regularly, you’re probably accustomed to the default font, called gg sans – perhaps even bored of it. Users have been requesting a Discord font change option for years, but have so far been out of luck, wondering how to change the Discord font using some other method. Fortunately, there are several ways to do this.

Method 1: Changing the font scaling

The simplest way to change how the Discord font appears is to change the font size and spacing. This isn’t changing the font itself. It will still be gg sans. However, even subtle changes to the font’s size and spacing can result in a markedly different appearance. Additionally, you can adjust the size and scaling to make messages easy to read. If you’re struggling to read after hours of staring at the same screen, this could be the perfect option for you.

Instructions for desktop

  1. Open the Discord application and click on the gear icon in the bottom left corner of the application window. This will open the app’s settings. 
  2. You should see a list of pages on the left-hand side of the application window, under the heading App Settings. Select Appearance. It should be at the top of the list.
  3. You should now see another list of headings. Locate and select Chat Font Scaling.
  4. Here you should see three adjustment sliders. The default settings for each of the three options will be highlighted in green.

    The first, Chat Font Scaling, lets you adjust the font size. Move the slider leftwards to decrease the font size and rightwards to increase the font size. Discord gives you a 12px range of font size options, from 12 to 24.

    The second slider, Space Between Message Groups, lets you change the gap left between groups of messages. If you’re finding it difficult to discern between different groups of messages, try moving the slider to the right. Adjusting this slider might also help you fix incorrect spacing between messages.

    The third slider, Zoom Level, lets you adjust how much you want to be zoomed into the Discord window. As the application notes, you can adjust this using your keyboard. Use Ctrl + to zoom in and Ctrl - to zoom out. Ctrl 0 resets the zoom to the default setting, 100%. Use these keyboard shortcuts to zoom into something you want to look at in closer detail, or zoom out to see a long chain of messages.

Instructions for mobile app

  1. Open the app and go to your profile by tapping the smiley face icon in the bottom toolbar.
  2. Tap on Appearance to enter the appearance menu.
  3. While you can adjust the zoom level with a slider, you won’t be able to fine-tune other options as on the desktop app. However, you can turn the Classic chat text size option on or off. Turning this option on reduces the font size slightly.

Method 2: Colorizing the font using code blocks

Discord’s default font is gg sans. But did you know it has another font? Code blocks are considered different to regular messages, and are distinguished by a different font, called Consolas. Convert your messages into code blocks to have them appear in the Consolas font instead of the usual gg sans.

  1. Type your message as usual.
  2. Add three backticks (this symbol: ` ) to the beginning and end of your message. For example: ```This message will appear in Consolas, not gg sans```
  3. Send your message.

Method 3: Changing the font style in Discord messages

If you’ve ever seen a message with fancy text, gothic lettering, letters in boxes, or something similar, know that you’ve seen an example of someone using font styles to spice up their Discord messages. This option technically doesn’t change the font from gg sans. Instead, it uses Unicode symbols to create fun new lettering. Use the fonts to highlight specific words, surprise your friends, and more.

  1. Go to your internet browser and open a font generator website. There are plenty of options. Many are free, so don’t be fooled into paying for anything!
  2. Write out your message in the provided text box.
  3. The font generator should convert your message into several font styles. Scroll through the options and choose the one you like best.
  4. Copy the generated message and paste it into Discord. The Unicode characters that the font generator site created will be pasted, giving your message a funky appearance.

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Summary

Until Discord adds an option for custom fonts, users will have to stick with these options when they want to adjust the appearance of the messages they read daily. Still, you can achieve quite a lot with these three workarounds. Play around with them and see what you can do!

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