How can we improve Discord?

Make minimum window size an optional feature.

Ever since the last update (earlier today), discord has now a minimum window size.

However, this minimum window size is way waaay too big for me. I want my window way smaller than that, I like to keep discord opened on my second screen and I only really need to see the last 2~3 messages.
Right now, discord takes up half of my screen, I don't need or want it to take up that much of the screen.

I can see how it's needed in certain occasions, or how it's handy for a few people. I also know there's been a bug that sometimes makes discord as small as an icon and I'm guessing this is a "fix" for it, but it's certainly too exaggerated.

So, I suggest you to make this either an optional thing, where you can turn it on or off in the preferences, or simply let us choose what the minimum size we want is.

Generally speaking, forcing an UI change that is this simple and that affects functionality on users isn't really a good thing to do, I feel you should always consider keeping the previous iteration as an option for whoever wants it (like you did with the white background discord, which barely anyone uses, but it's great that it's still there for those who want to)

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  • Meme boi commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    i press random button while i hear soundcloud Orange justice and pop out Big screen

  • NightFox commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Don't know if you already solved this, but i found a fix that will work:
    Open up the settings.json file located at C:\Users\%username%\AppData\Roaming\discord.
    Type in
    "MIN_WIDTH": 50,
    "MIN_HEIGHT": 50,
    after the first bracket and you can now resize it how small you want. Edit 50 if you want it even smaller

  • Borfho commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I'm using a vertical 1440x900 monitor, and even with scaling and custom skins that make the UI smaller it's still too wide for the 900 pixels I have available. About 40-45 pixels will spill out onto my main monitor.

    It's pretty annoying to have to choose between the userlist spilling out, or having my server icons obscured.

    Please add an experimental feature where advanced users can decide if they want to unlock the resizing lock, even if mini sizes break the UI I think it would benefit a lot of us with low rez monitors or vertical ones.

    Thanks!

  • Blackwell commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    The windows size is excessively large and I am angry about this. Sure, I can use an override hack to force a smaller window now, but why the hell should I have to jump through hoops to do this? It's a usability nightmare now.

  • bbf_3 commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    It's a really frustrating problem tbh, would be greatly appreciated if there was an even more compact mode enabled or you guys just lowered the minimum window size

  • Subcycle commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Not being able to shrink the app window smaller is really annoying. I wish I could make the app window a lot smaller. It's minimum size is way too big to be functional. It needs it's own monitor it's so big.

  • Beck commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Yes please allow us to change the window size how we'd like again. I have a 27in 1920x1080 screen and it takes up half of it. I'd really like the option again to shrink it to a 4th or 5th the width. Along with that, the ability to compress or collapse the channel column again would be really convenient.

  • SheiShei commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Remove the Minimum Window size. I have been avoiding the Desktop app at all costs since I cannot shrink it below 60% (ish) of my screen It is super annoying to have it take up so much space.

  • illiobillium commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Please allow for a smaller window format. Doing any kind of additional work or multitasking on desktop, whether it be gaming, text documents, digital art, watching videos, etc. is nigh impossible to do without Discord's window obscuring most of the screen. This might not be as much of an issue with some programs, but navigating around the chat window is extremely awkward and clunky to do with videos and especially gaming (which was what Discord was originally designed for). The fact that Discord's UI also uses a lot of unnecessary open space (there is a full two-inch gap between Friend Usernames and Conversation Text) and an excessively wide conversation window is downright wasteful. Even knocking the window down to half size would still take up much more space than necessary. The solution of allowing a pop-out chat window that can be scaled up/down as needed would be ideal, and nobody working on Discord's tech should expect this thread to not get necro'd a few times every month or so until this situation is resolved in the program itself, without requiring users (some of whom may not be as tech-savvy or comfortable editing the program's source code) to do the work for you.

  • fishpen0 commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Please make the minimum width lower. It is impossible to split-screen discord with most other programs on a macbook pro 15" because the minimum width is too big.

  • Liggliluff commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Minimum window size is needed for the UI to not break; but they need to make the UI be able to shrink further.

    Current minimum width is 940×500, regardless if the user list is open or not. – The user list is 240 px wide, so if the window goes below 940 px in width, make the user list auto-hide, which you bring up by pressing the user list button (like on mobile). This should allow the minimum size to go down to 700×500. – The server/channel list is 310 px wide, so if the window goes below 700 px in width, make the server/channel list auto-hide, and a button shows up to bring up the list (A ≡ button that can be placed to the left of #channel-title in the top bar. This should allow the minimum size to go down to 390×500.

    Here is an example of how it can look: (warning, light theme, and compact mode)
    https://cdn.discordapp.com/attachments/406109483182456833/406824751047114763/DiscordSmallWindow.png
    They could save up additional 35 px if they reduced the badding of the text, as the time don't need that much space.

  • Veph commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    The forced window size is extremely frustrating, especially since there's still no way to pop-out a small chat window (which I really think Discord should have). The only reason I can somewhat manage it currently is because I have dual monitors, but I know plenty of people who don't and Discord takes up most of their screen real estate. It's just a chat program, and it should really have an option to size small so people can do multiple things while talking to others.

  • Earl commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Thank you @Vanowm and @Zandro This has been bugging me for a while now. My minimum window size was 1400x740 and even on a 4K monitor it took up way too much space. This works perfectly thank you guys!

    Developers why do users have to fix these minor things? What good is the ability to toggle the user pane on and off if the window stays the same size? I'd love to see you guys add a toggleable channel pane as well and when you toggle either user or channels pane it automatically reduced the size of the app accordingly. There message boards are full of people asking for the same. Simple things to make people happy!

  • DroopingPuppy commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    It is the only reason why I have to halt the update on Discord for a half of a years and have to use the outdated version. And today the former version doesn't work. Discord seems good, but its UI is a pure garbage.

  • KarieChaos commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I haven't got the option to have a second screen, and having discord taking up 2/3 of my laptop screen is not useful. I'm constantly having to switch tabs while I'm doing things, and its a pain. I used to keep it much smaller, and I didn't mind the button overlap, I mostly don't use those buttons anyway, and if I wanted them, switching to fullscreen wasn't a big deal.

    Every update I check again to see if I can resize my screen again and nope. PLEASE fix this, because its rediculous that my chat app takes up almost as much room as my browser windows.

  • ludux commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Well, I guess I don't actually have to use discord. A /chat app/ should not be so user hostile.

  • ludux commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    It's too large on my monitor and takes up most of my screen. I'm not watching video on this, just trying to chat with friends - I don't need it taking up 1/3rd my screen but it won't go any smaller.

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