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 how they can use Markdown formatting features to achieve more unique effects. 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, and spoiler tags.

Spoiler tags are useful to alert others that you are about to give information about something that someone is not ready for. Once this tag is added another user will only see a grey or black box over the content.

Let’s take a look at how you can add spoiler tags to messages in Discord.

How To Create a Spoiler Tag in Discord

Discord developers 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. Take a look at both below and use whichever method is easiest for you.

Mark as Spoiler

Thanks to Discord’s newest addition, adding spoiler tags is easier than ever. After typing a message (but before sending it), you can highlight the text 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 see 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 click to reveal it.

Using Markdown

To add spoiler tags with Markdown, all you need to do is type your phrase out, and surround it with two bars on either side. To type these vertical bars, use the following keyboard command: “Shift + Back Slash.”

These bars will ensure your message is hidden within a spoiler tag, requiring others to click to reveal the information.

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, can simply refrain from clicking on the spoiler phrase.

You can also hide attachments as spoilers. While uploading the attachment, Discord gives you the option to “Mark as Spoiler.” However, this only works on the desktop version of Discord.

Hiding Spoilers on Mobile

When you’re on the go you can still add spoiler tags to your messages in Discord. 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.

Add Text Effects With Markdown

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 effects but want to use symbols in your text, place a backslash at the start of the phrase. This way, you can use asterisks and other Markdown symbols without adding effects. However, this backslash feature doesn’t work in messages that have edits or underscores.

Disallow Spoiler Tags in Discord

For whatever reason you may have, you can forbid spoiler tags in your Discord server if you so choose.

To do this, go to User Settings, click on Text & Images, then choose one of the following options:

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

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

“Always” means there simply aren’t any spoiler tags.

Have any other useful Discord tips? Share them in the comments below!

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