Discord makes it possible for users to format their messages instead of just sending a plain text to one another. With this neat feature, you can add more character and life to your messages, aside from peppering them with emojis and GIFs here and there. Besides, formatted text can add a whole new level of significance and meaning to your message.
In this guide, I’ll be showing you step by step how to cross out
your honest opinion and true feelings text on Discord chats. Let’s dive right in.
How to Cross Out Text in Discord
Basically, there are two ways to cross out text in Discord:
- Using the tiny pop-up context menu
- Using Markdown
Both are very easy to do, but you can choose which is more convenient for you to use. I’ll detail each of the two methods, and you can do whichever one you prefer.
Using the Tiny Pop-up Context Menu
If you don’t mind hovering your hand over the keyboard and mouse and back to your keyboard again, or if you’re the kind of person who does this faster than typing out symbols, then it might be best for you to try this method.
To cross out text on the Discord desktop version, simply do the following.
Type in the text on the Discord message box or chat window.
Using your mouse, highlight the text.
You will see a small, context menu right above the text. Select
Sto cross out text.
When your message has been sent to the chat, it will look like this:
Tip: As you might have probably already guessed, the other buttons on the menu also have their respective effects on the text. You can use them to format text as you would on common word processors, minus the complexity and the more advanced features of course.
Here’s a quick summary of what the menu can do:
B – for bold text
I – for italicized text
S – for strikethrough text
” – for inserting quotes
<> – for inserting code blocks
Eye symbol – for inserting spoilers
This works for both the browser version and the Discord app. However, as of the moment, this is only applicable to the desktop version of Discord.
If you’re a mobile user, you can do a strikethrough on messages by using a couple of symbols or punctuation marks. I’ll explain it below.
What is Markdown?
Being a voice and text chat platform originally intended for gamers, Discord knew its audience very well. Discord knows how online folks would very much love to format words they send to their friends, much like how it was done in online forums more than a decade ago.
However, while you will usually have to know how to use HTML to format text, on Discord, it’s much easier to do that. Using a lightweight markup language called Markdown, you can format text in almost any way you want.
With Markdown, you won’t have to insert multi-line code blocks to make your text formatted. Discord converts the text you typed using Markdown into HTML, thus giving it a formatted look. By using a couple of punctuation marks or special characters, you can create bolded text, italicized text, and of course, cross out your message for others to see.
It’s very easy to do it, too.
How to cross out text in Discord
To strikethrough messages in Discord, all you have to do is the following:
Put two tildes (~~) before typing your main text.
Type the text you want.
After you’re done writing the text, type in another double tilde (~~).
Note: If you’re using a desktop, you can find the tilde key beside the 1/! key on the left side of your keyboard. Simply press Shift + ` to type the tilde.
If you’re using mobile, open your keyboard’s punctuation menus and find the ~ symbol.
Press Enter to send.
And that’s it!
In short, just type in ~~ before and after the text before hitting send.
~~insert your message here~~
Note that this will only apply to a single block of text in Discord. If you’re typing
a novel long, multiple paragraphs, you may need to put double tildes before and after each paragraph. Like this:
Can I put a strikethrough on my message after it was sent?
Yes. Here’s what you should do:
Go to the message you want to change.
Click the Edit button or the one with the pencil icon.
Insert double tildes before and after the text you want to strikethrough.
Other Text Formatting Options
You can also format your text in another way, such as making it italicized or bold. Here’s our quick guide for the basic formatting options you can do.
Double asterisks (**) on either side – for bold text
Single asterisk (*) on either side – for italicized text
Triple asterisks (***) on either side – for bold and italicized text
Double underscore (__) on either side – for underlined text
And of course, double tildes (~~) – for strikethrough
There are lots of other commands you can use to format text using Markdown, such as inserting a quote, spoiler, single line code block, and even changing the color of the text. The last one requires you to work around using syntax highlighting language, but that’s a story for another day.
Reasons People Strikethrough Text
Conventionally, people use strikethrough to edit, correct, or recognize an error in their text. However, with everyone using the internet nowadays, it can be also used for other purposes. Some of the most recent uses of strikethrough in text chat online are:
- Making a witty, humorous, or ironic remark.
- To say something without actually saying it.
- To give a thinly disguised insult.
- To give honest and unfiltered opinions all the while lessening the blow or doing so in a joking manner.
- And of course, to show corrections in an edited text, whether it’s made by you or someone else.
Regardless of the author’s motive, the intent of strikethrough is for other people to see both the edited version and the “deleted” version of the text.