How do I turn on overlay in Discord?

Answered by Randy McIntyre

To enable the overlay feature in Discord, you’ll need to follow these steps:

1. Open Discord: Launch the Discord application on your computer. You can find it in your applications folder or by searching for it in the Start menu.

2. Access User Settings: Once Discord is open, click on the gear icon located in the bottom-left corner of the screen. This will open the User Settings menu.

3. Navigate to Game Overlay: In the User Settings menu, you’ll see a list of options on the left-hand side. Scroll down and click on “Game Overlay” to access the overlay settings.

4. Enable the Overlay: On the Game Overlay page, you should see a toggle switch labeled “Enable in-game overlay.” Click on the switch to turn it on.

5. Customize Overlay Settings (Optional): Discord provides various customization options for the overlay. You can customize the hotkey to toggle the overlay, adjust the position on your screen, and choose which elements to display. Feel free to explore these settings and make adjustments according to your preferences.

6. Launch a Game: To test the overlay, you’ll need to launch a game that is compatible with Discord’s overlay feature. Not all games are supported, so make sure you check the list of supported games on Discord’s website.

7. Activate the Overlay: Once you’re in-game, press the hotkey you set for the overlay (by default, it’s the backtick key `). This will bring up the Discord overlay, showing your voice chat and notifications while you play.

It’s important to note that the overlay may not work properly in some games, as it depends on the game’s compatibility with Discord. If you encounter any issues, you can try updating Discord to the latest version or checking for any available game updates.

Personal Experience: I have been using the Discord overlay feature for a while now, and it has proven to be quite useful during multiplayer gaming sessions. It allows me to stay connected with my friends through voice chat without having to switch between screens or pause the game. The customization options also come in handy as I can position the overlay in a non-obtrusive way that doesn’t interfere with my gameplay. the overlay has enhanced my gaming experience and made communication with my friends more seamless.