How to Strikethrough Text in Discord Chats

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Discord is an extremely popular platform that many gamers use to communicate with other players while roaming distant lands and taking on fierce enemies or battling monsters. There are thousands of channels that you can join, but no matter which one wins your favor, there is usually no shortage of snark or sarcasm. It’s not always mean spirited, as most gamers just want to blow off steam while having fun with friends. But the tone of voice is often lost in all the typing. That’s when strikethrough can be the only way to get your message across. This quick tip shows how to strikethrough text on Discord.

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How to Strikethrough Text in Discord Chats

In traditional typographical presentations, the strikethrough means that there’s a correction or deleted information. However, when used in the context of Discord and other chat apps, it indicates a deliberate change of thought that would have otherwise been seen as a Freudian slip.

To inject some humor into your Discord posts, you can add a strikethrough to any word. The actions can be somewhat laborious, especially if you need to get your message across quickly.

  1. Log in to your Discord account.
Logging in with your Discord account on PC.
  1. Go to the channel where you would like to chat.
Clicking on the channel in Discord.
  1. Click on the message box at the bottom to start a conversation.
Typing e message in the box at the bottom in Discord.
  1. Type your message as usual. Add two tildes (~) before and after a word when you want to strikethrough it.

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Inserting a strikethrough in a message via the Discord app for desktop.
  1. The word will appear with a strikethrough preview.
  2. Hit Enter when you want to send the message, and you’ll see that the word has a proper strikethrough.
Posting the message with a strikethrough via the Discord app for desktop.
  1. Alternatively, there is another option to add a strikethrough on desktop. Write your message, then highlight it using your mouse. Right-click on it, and a small pop-up toolbar will appear. Click on the “Strikethrough” option, and your text will immediately appear crossed out.
Mini tool bar view with text editing options in Discord.
  1. You can add a strikethrough even if you already sent the message. On a PC, hover your mouse over the message in question until a few options pop up. Click on the pencil-shaped one to edit.
Editing message in Discord app for PC.
  1. Use either method described in the steps above to add a strikethrough over your text.

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  1. On the mobile apps, you can strikethrough a word/phrase in similar fashion. Once you are in the text block, tap on “~” twice before and after the word you want to strikethrough. You won’t see a preview like you would in the desktop version, but when you post the message, it appears correctly.
Adding a strikethrought via the Discord mobile app.
  1. To edit a message on mobile, long-press on it, then select “Edit” from the pop-up menu that appears from the bottom.
Editing a text in the Discord mobile apps.

There are several text styles in Discord, each with its own shortcut. However, those aren’t the only ones. There are Discord shortcuts for everything from scrolling up the list of servers to toggling the GIF picker.

Image credit: Freepik. All screenshots by Charlie Fripp.

Charlie Fripp
Charlie Fripp

Charlie Fripp is a technology writer with a strong focus on consumer gadgets, video games, and cyber security. He holds an undergraduate degree in professional journalism and has worked as a journalist for over 15 years. In his spare time, he enjoys playing various musical instruments and gardening.

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