How To Turn Off Discord Overlay

Do you want to get rid of the Discord overlay completely or for specific games? This guide shows you everything you need to do.

Discord’s overlay is a very useful feature as it provides access to voice channels, server members, and even text channels (messaging) all while in-game.

However, it is also true that this overlay can sometimes disrupt a player’s gaming experience. Too much information on your screen can become a major distraction.

This guide will teach you how to get rid of the Discord overlay.

Let’s look at what you need to do!

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Turning Off Discord’s Overlay

For the people that can’t find any real use for this feature, we suggest turning it off completely. Here is a quick guide on how to disable the Discord overlay:

  1. Start Discord.
  2. Open User Settings by clicking the cogwheel icon near your username.
    Discord User Settings
  3. Scroll the left panel all the down until you see the Game Overlay tab (this feature/tab is only accessible via the desktop application).
    Discord Game Overlay tab
  4. If the Enable in-game overlay button is green, click it to disable it.
    Discord Enable in game overlay button

With that, the overlay is permanently disabled unless you enable it again.

Overlay Lock

If you want to continue using Discord’s overlay but to do so more efficiently, you should learn how to utilize the overlay lock shortcut.

By using this shortcut, you can unlock the overlay to interact with it. The default shortcut is Shift + ~. You can change it via the Game Overlay tab in User Settings.

If you want to remove, pin or add certain elements to the overlay, simply use the shortcut.

Adjust Overlay Appearance

If you have been unable to optimize the overlay with the overlay lock, you can also adjust its appearance in User Settings – Game Overlay.

Here are some of the options:

  • Avatar Size – Make the size of the avatars larger or smaller.
  • Display Names – Choose whether to display names constantly, while the users are speaking, or never. For the cleanest UI, choose Never.
  • Display Users – Choose whether avatars and names are displayed constantly or only while speaking.
  • Notification position – Choose which of the four corners you want the overlay notifications to pop up in.
    choosing Discord overlay notifications position

Disabling Discord Overlay For Individual Games

The overlay shouldn’t present much of a problem in single-player games. Naturally, in multiplayer titles, you will want as few distractions as possible.

Instead of having to turn off the overlay every time you play a different game, you can disable it for specific games. Here’s how:

  1. Start Discord and access User Settings.
  2. Scroll down to the bottom of the left panel. This time, select Activity Status.
  3. Here, you will see a list of all the games in your Discord library.
  4. Click the small monitor icon next to the game title to enable or disable the overlay.
    monitor icon next to game name in Discord to turn on or off overlay

You now know how to disable the Discord overlay for every game or for specific titles. The overlay is quite customizable, so you have numerous options other than simply disabling it completely.

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