Get to know Discord

Each server is divided into three panes. The first has text and voice channels, as well as the option to invite people. The second pane is a chat window where you can send messages, GIFs, emoji, and free games. The last pane in a server lets you see which members are online. If you want to invite friends to your server, just copy the invite link and send it their way.

Text channels in a server are similar to discussion threads in any online community. By default, your server will have a #general text channel. You also have the option to add new channels and control various settings, like setting a limit for how many messages a member can send to a channel or who is allowed to edit channel settings. The @ option at the top of a server lets you track if you've been mentioned in a chat. Voice channels have similar options as text channels. But what differentiates voice chat in Discord from other apps, such as Skype, is the ability to set individual volumes for each participant and the ability to mute others.

The main draw of Discord is that it can be used simultaneously while playing games. If you have the app installed on your desktop, you can overlay it on the game so you don't need to switch back and forth between the game and the chat. It's an easy way to interact with fellow game enthusiasts and keep in touch with gaming communities at large.

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