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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  • 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.

  • happyfaces321 commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    If you do decide to do this, please make the server/friends list collapsable as to make it so we can still read messages while making the window smaller

  • Des commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I'm someone that's constantly dragging to resize windows to fit my needs on my laptop. The fact that you can't do that on Discord anymore just feels unnatural, let alone the default size is HUGE. But it should have never been forced to begin with.

  • vanowm commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    @Zandro nice find! works fine.

    The settings file location: %APPDATA%\discord\settings.json

    Make sure you quit Discord before modifying it!

    Notepad doesn't recognize unix style newlines, so it shows everything in one line, which is fine

    Here is entire settings.json file with Zandro's changes for reference:
    {
    "IS_MAXIMIZED": false,
    "IS_MINIMIZED": false,
    "MIN_WIDTH": 0,
    "MIN_HEIGHT": 0,
    "WINDOW_BOUNDS": {
    "x": 0,
    "y": 0,
    "width": 655,
    "height": 333
    },
    "trayBalloonShown": true
    }

  • Zandro commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Fixed by adding to settings.json before "WINDOW_BOUNDS":
    "MIN_WIDTH": 0,
    "MIN_HEIGHT": 0,

    ...Why does anyone have to do this?

  • SrcError commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I could not agree more! This is the only thing about Discord that I don't like -- also you all are doing a wonderful job :)

  • Ammythyst commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Please oh lawd please make this window fully customizable! I can decide for myself what width and height it needs to be, thank you very much! This completely ruins the second screen experience for me, where it was once never a problem.

  • miranda commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I cannot use Discord for casual text only conversations while multitasking because it is way too wide, https://i.imgur.com/xKMiD9K.png very annoying having to eclipse my view everytime i want to respond to someone.

    I preferred to use steam because of how little real estate it took up but they are gimping their chat so i'd prefer to move to Discord https://i.imgur.com/abgmqbK.png Heres how nicely it fits.

    Split screen isnt great either because it decreases ths browser window's width so much that website layouts change to mobile versions. heres an example with youtube https://i.imgur.com/0uASZnv.png

    Someone made a beautiful mockup over a year ago of a super thin interface https://feedback.discordapp.com/forums/326712-discord-dream-land/suggestions/15673794-mini-interface-layout#comments

  • Drayko the Squirrel commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Whine, whine, minimum size, I don't care about that, I never had it to where the buttons overlapped, and even then, just maximize the window, I'd much prefer the ability to mulittask instead of alt-tabbing every time I get a notification, and saying that is basically saying "Well, they burned the refrigerator to get rid of the spoiled food, but it's okay because at least there's no spoiled food now!"
    Ruining a core aspect of an app is never a fix by any means, and since this is designed for gamers, yes, multitaskability *is* one of its core aspects.

  • vanowm commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    It might be too big, but with minimum size bunch of buttons overlap each other - that is the most stupidest design I've ever seen.

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