How Do I Join a Desktop Discord Server?

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Heather Bennett

Discord is a popular platform that allows users to communicate with others through text, voice, and video chat. One of the key features of Discord is the ability to join different servers based on your interests. In this tutorial, we will learn how to join a desktop Discord server.

Step 1: Download and Install Discord

If you don’t have Discord installed on your desktop, you will need to download and install it first. Visit the official Discord website at discord.com/download and click on the “Download for Windows” button. Once the download is complete, run the installer and follow the on-screen instructions to install Discord.

Step 2: Create or Log in to Your Account

If you already have a Discord account, skip this step and proceed to Step 3. Otherwise, click on the “Register” button on the Discord login screen to create a new account.

Fill in your desired username, email address, and password. Once you have filled in all the required information, click on “Continue”. Check your email for a verification link and click on it to verify your account.

Step 3: Launch Discord

After installing Discord, launch the application by double-clicking on its icon on your desktop or searching for it in your start menu. Once launched, you will be prompted to either log in or create a new account. Enter your login credentials (email/username and password) and click “Login”.

Step 4: Joining a Server

To join a server in Discord:

  • Option 1: Invitation Link – If you have an invitation link from someone who already belongs to the server, click on the link. This will open Discord and prompt you to confirm joining the server. Click on “Join” to join the server.
  • Option 2: Server Discovery – On the left-hand side of the Discord window, click on the “Add a Server” button (plus icon). This will open the Server Discovery window where you can browse and search for servers based on your interests.

    Once you find a server you want to join, click on it to view more details. If it suits your interests, click on the “Join” button to join the server.

  • Option 3: Direct Invite – If someone sends you a direct invite, you can simply click on it and Discord will automatically open and prompt you to join the server.

Step 5: Exploring and Interacting with a Server

Congratulations! You have successfully joined a Discord server. Now let’s explore some common interactions within a server:

Sending Messages

To send a message in a Discord server:

  • Text Channel: On the left-hand side of the Discord window, click on a text channel under the desired server. Type your message in the input box at the bottom of the screen and press Enter or click on the send button (paper plane icon).
  • Voice Channel: If you want to communicate through voice chat, click on a voice channel in Discord’s left-hand menu. Once inside a voice channel, you can speak directly into your microphone.

Browsing Channels

To browse channels within a Discord server:

  • Text Channels: On the left-hand side of the Discord window, you will see a list of text channels under the server’s name. Click on a channel to view its content.
  • Voice Channels: Below the text channels, you will find a list of voice channels. Click on a voice channel to join it and start communicating through voice chat.

Interacting with Server Members

To interact with other members in a Discord server:

  • Direct Messages: On the left-hand side of the Discord window, under the server list, you will find a list of direct message conversations with other users. Click on a conversation to chat privately with that user.
  • @Mentions: If you want to get someone’s attention in a text channel, type “@” followed by their username. They will receive a notification and see your message.

That’s it! You now know how to join a desktop Discord server and interact with its members. Have fun exploring different servers and engaging in conversations!

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