Discord Inspect Element Not Working? Here’s What To Do

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discord inspect element not working

Discord has been one of the fun places on the internet where you can interact with a variety of people and communities of your taste. Besides interacting with like-minded people and communities, discord has also been a place for faking messages, mainly for fun and enjoyment. Faking messages on discord was possible by using the Inspect Element option on the PC (Windows and Mac) on its app. But recently, the users are reporting that the Discord Inspect Element is not working on their PC app.

Users reported that when they press Ctrl + Shift + I or Command + Option + I key combinations on their Windows or Mac PCs respectively, there is no Insect Elements window that appears. That means the users are not able to use the Inspect Element feature in their Discord app anymore. But why is this so? Let’s find out.

Why Discord Inspect Element Is Not Working?

There is a huge mass of Discord users who are complaining about the non-functioning of the Inspect Element feature on the Discord PC app. Now, you might think this to be a bug but in fact, the reality is that Discord has disabled the Inspect Element feature itself. One of the Discord’s staff members has confirmed this in one of the Reddit threads.

As per what the Discord staff member has reported, Discord has officially disabled the Inspect Element feature on its Stable version of the desktop app. The reason depicted here is that as the people are getting more and more socially engineered more and more common users were able to open the inspector mode (Inspect Element) which further increases the chances of their Discord account getting compromised.

You can also see that the Discord staff member has also shared a workaround that includes pasting the following code to the settings.json Discord file found in the %appdata%/discord/settings.json location in Windows.


But this method also doesn’t work anymore. Neither on Windows nor on Mac. Instead, the addition of the file didn’t do anything upon testing this method by me on my Mac and Windows PC. Upon launching Discord after adding the code to the settings.json file, the file gets reset to the previous one, removing the added code line.

Hence, the complete scenario is that if you are using the Discord stable app on your PC, you are no more allowed to the Inspect Element feature.

What to do if Inspect Element is not working on the Discord app

Now, when the Stable Discord desktop app is no more serving the functionality of using the inspect Elements, what else can we do as an alternative. luckily, there are two ways by which you can use Inspect Elements in Discord.

1. Use Discord Web

Though the company has closed the in-app inspection element feature, it can still be accessed and used on the Discord web platform. You can inspect the discord web page elements by opening discord on a web browser on your PC. You can use browsers like Google Chrome, Brave, and Firefox for this purpose.

  • Open Google Chrome or any other browser of your choice.
  • Go to Discord and log into your account.
  • Now, press Command + Option + J (Mac) or Ctrl + Shift + J (Windows) to open the Developer Tools window.
  • Click on the Cursor icon located on the top left of the Developer Tools window and then select the element on the Discord web page that you want to inspect.

2. Use Discord PTB version

The Inspect Element feature has been disabled from the Stable version of the Discord Desktop app, but it’s beta and Cannery versions are still up with this feature. Hence you can download the PTB aka the Public Testing Beta version of Discord. You can also use the Cannery version but that version is usually more prone to bugs and glitches.

  • Go to the Discord download page.
  • Scroll down and click on the Download Public Test Build button.
  • Select your platform and download the Discord setup file.
  • Open the file and install the Discord PTB version on your PC.
  • Here, you can freely use the Instec Elementy feature by simply pressing Command + Option + I (Mac) or Ctrl + Shift + I (Windows).

Bottom Line

So the conclusion is that Discord has completely removed the inspect Element feature from its Stable desktop app and hence you can’t use it anymore on the Stable version of the app. However, if you still want to use the feature, you can either rely on the Discord web platform with the web browser’s Developer Tools or you can shift to the Discord PTB (Public Testing Build) version. I am hoping that this guide was helpful for you and was successful in solving your issue with the Discord Inspect Element feature. If you have any questions or suggestions, feel free to leave them in the comments.

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Bhanu Pratap

Hi! I am Bhanu Pratap, co-founder of Yorker Media Group. A die-heart fan of tech and keeps track of every little happening of the same. When not writing, I usually keep myself busy on YouTube making and exploring new and awesome tech content.

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