The Complete Guide to Using Discord

Everything you need to know to connect, communicate, and collaborate with people on Discord

Justin Cox
8 min readJan 30, 2023

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Discord | Screenshot by the author

Are you new to using Discord, the chat and forum-based software that powers communities worldwide? You’re in the right place! I want to provide insight into how you can use Discord to the fullest without going overboard on features and settings.

I’ve been using Discord for a few years and host My Writing Community there. Discord is an excellent tool for connecting, communicating, and collaborating. Everything in this piece is based on my personal use.

What is Discord?

Discord’s website asks us to “imagine a place” where we can “talk every day and hang out more often.” That’s a high bar, but it’s also pretty accurate.

Discord is a team chat and forum tool similar to Slack or Microsoft Teams. However, where those other two are focused on business uses, Discord is focused on communities and fun. It originated as a tool for gamers to chat and stream their gameplay, and many of those functions remain.

Though, Discord isn’t just for gamers. It’s a collaborative tool to connect people around interests. You can access Discord with its mobile app, desktop app, or in your browser.

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Justin Cox

I help writers and nonprofits grow. Editor of The Writing Cooperative. Contact at JustinCox.com