Slack recently made Made some changes to its free plan, limiting message archiving to the past 90 days instead of the previous limit of 10,000 messages. There are many ways to work around this limitation, but I suspect quite a few communities will find themselves switching to Discord.
If you’re part of this migration, you may find Discord’s look and feel a bit… odd compared to what you’re used to. Here’s how to make it a little more comfortable.
switch to light mode
Let’s start with the most obvious difference: Discord is dark by default, even if your computer or phone isn’t set to dark mode.
If you’re using Slack in dark mode, this may look familiar, and rightfully so, but to someone in light mode, it may look foreign.You can change Discord to work in light mode by clicking the gear next to your name in the lower left corner, which will open user settings. go to appearance You will find the option to enable Light theme.Or, if you’re the kind of person who frequently switches between dark and light modes, you can use Sync with computer Option to keep Discord consistent with everything else.
add a little contrast
Discord’s light mode brightens everything, including the left sidebar. For Slack users, it’s easy to get lost – there’s no difference between the channel list and the rest of the UI.That’s why I also recommend checking dark sidebar. With this feature enabled, the left panel will remain dark in light mode, which means it stands out visually. This goes a long way.
Change fonts and colors (a little bit)
A little bit below the theme options is font scaling.The closest thing to Slack’s default font is to change Chat font scaling level to 16 pixels and space between message groups to 4 pixelsor just tweak things until they look right for you.
Finally, if you don’t like that some people’s usernames are colored differently, go to accessibility part. Usernames in a Discord server are colored according to their role in the server (usually granted by admins, organizing people into groups based on their interests, moderator or admin roles, or other special status).If you want every username to look the same, check Do not display character color– Now everyone will be the same color, just like in Slack. (Or, if you don’t want to lose this context, you can choose Show character color next to name A colored circle will appear next to their name. )
Finally, you can adjust saturation. This will mute the various blues in the UI as well as the character colors.
Add your favorite custom emoji to Slack
Every Slack ends up getting a seemingly limitless number of custom emojis, so if you’ve recently migrated to Discord, you might miss them. The good news is that you can take some of them with you; the bad news is, not all of them. Each server can serve up to 50 emojis. Each server can also serve up to 50 animated emojis, but these are only available to paid Discord Nitro customers.
Having said that, let’s find and add your favorite emoji. Oddly enough, they’re available on Slackmojis and its nearly identical sister site, Discordmojis, so search there and download what you want.Now, in Discord, click the name of the current server in the upper left corner, then click Server settings. go to Emoticons You can upload up to 50 custom emojis. If the Emoji option doesn’t exist, it’s because you don’t have permission to upload emoji to the server, you can ask the admin to give it to you. The emoji you add are available to everyone on your server.
Discord is not like Slack, and never will be. That doesn’t mean you can’t make it a little more familiar. These tweaks will get you closer.
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