How To Make a Spoiler Tag in Discord

Discord lets you decorate your messages with emojis, gifs, and images, but some people are unaware of the Markdown formatting features included in the application. Using keyboard commands on your computer or mobile device can change the way viewers and readers see the content you publish.

This incredibly useful feature enables users to add all sorts of formatting to messages, including bold, italics, code formatting. Discord Markdown even enables Discord users to indicate a “spoiler alert!”

Spoiler tags are useful to alert others that you are about to give information about something that someone is not ready for. As an example; telling someone what happens at the end of a movie is known as a “spoiler.” Once this tag is added another user will only see a grey or black box over the content.

If you’ve been looking for a way to make a spoiler tag in Discord, keep reading. There are a few ways to add spoiler tags in Discord depending on which works best for you.

How To Create A Spoiler Alert Tag in Discord

The developers that work with Discord have heard the cries of the people and have made it incredibly simple to add spoiler tags that block out any content the writer chooses to input.

There are a few different ways to add a spoiler tag in Discord. The first option is a newer method that seems very simple. The second may be slightly faster for those who have a strong command of a standard keyboard.

The “Easy Way”

Thanks to Discord’s newest addition, adding spoiler tags are easier than ever. Once you’ve completed typing the content you’d like to send (but before actually sending it) you can highlight the chosen piece and right-click on the section. This will reveal the option to add a spoiler tag.

Click “Mark as Spoiler.”

Once you’ve done this you will still see the content you’ve written but two vertical pipes will appear on both sides of the selected content. This means that other users will be unable to see the content until they initiate a reveal of it. By clicking on the spoiler tag, other users will then have access to read the hidden content you’ve sent.

The “Old Way”

The old way may be faster for those who are familiar with the option to do so. All you need to do is type your phrase out, and surround it by two bars on either side. These vertical bars appear with a simple keyboard command: “Shift + Back Slash.” When typing it may be faster to use this method than the new “easy” method.

Represented by the || key, || these bars will ensure all of your chat is hidden within a spoiler tag, requiring others to click to reveal the information. These vertical bars are also referred to as the pipe symbol in more technical circles, especially developers.

When you put the spoiler in between two sets of double pipes the || Words that are part of the spoiler phrase || will only be seen by other Discord users who click on the phrase to expand and read what it says. Those who want to keep the spoiler a secret (e.g., they have not yet seen the movie or show the spoiler talks about) refrain from clicking on the spoiler phrase.

Once you’ve uncovered a spoiler you can’t give back the information you’ve seen, but you can re-hide the content. Many users have reported difficulty with this but if you back out of the chat and go back in, the spoilers should be hidden.

You can also hide attachments as spoilers. During the process of uploading; Discord gives you a checkbox option to “Mark as Spoiler.” Simple for videos, photos, or other forms of content; Discord is focusing on protecting those who are not ready to find out the ending of something. Beware though: this only works on the desktop version of Discord.

Other Markdown Tags

Now that you know how to make a spoiler tag in Discord, check out these other Markdown tags available on the Discord platform to help you format your text:

Italics: *phrase* or _phrase_

Bold: **phrase**

Bold Italics: ***phrase***

Underline: _phrase_

Underline Italics: _*phrase*_

Underline Bold: _**phrase**_

Underline Bold Italics: _***phrase***_

Strikethrough: ~~phrase~~

Also, if you have no desire to use Markdown but want to use Markdown symbols in your text, place a backslash at the start of the phrase. That way, you can use asterisks and other Markdown symbols. However, this backslash feature doesn’t work in messages that have edits or underscores.

Hiding Spoilers on Mobile

When you’re on the go you can still add spoiler tags to your written content within Discord. Following the same directions as the “Old way,” you can add the double vertical pipe bars on both sides of the content to achieve these tags.

The vertical pipes are available on most phone’s keyboards, you may just have to look for it. On the Google Keyboard and Apple Keyboard, it can be found by clicking on the symbols icon twice.

If you are using another version of the keyboard for your phone you may have to do a little more digging to find it. Either way; typing two vertical bars before and after content will add a spoiler tag.

Disengage Spoiler Tags on Your Server

For whatever reason you may have, you’re in control of the spoiler tags in your server. This means that you can visit the “User Settings” and click on “Text & Images.”

To change your server’s ability to allow spoiler tags choose one of the following options:

Choosing the “On Click” option means that members of your server can click on the spoiler tags within the content to reveal the spoilers.

Choosing “On Servers I Moderate” means you control tags on all the servers you manage.

Finally, choosing “Always” means there simply aren’t any spoiler tags. Regardless of the reason you’d like to disable spoiler tags, this is the option for you to do just that.

Socially Acceptable

Coders, gamers, writers, blockchain enthusiasts, and more have all found their home in Discord. The versatility of the application such as voice chat and screen sharing features as well makes it a wonderful chat forum.

Working with game developers to enable special integrations; Discord is compatible with several other accounts and tech options. Spotify, Xbox Live, and Twitch are all featured benefits of using and better understanding the Discord application.

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