Keep track of conversations

Mobile user? See Keep track of conversations on mobile devices.

Here's more information about how to connect with your team and share information.

There are lots of things you can do to stay up to date.

  • Arrange your teams in an order that makes sense to you, putting the busiest teams at the top of your list.

  • Favorite the channels you use the most. This way, they stay visible in your team list, and you'll see when new messages are posted.

    A bolded or favorited channel

  • @mention people so they @mention you. You'll see you've been @mentioned in your notifications. Also, a red circle with a number in it appears next to the channel name.

    A notification in a channel

  • Watch Activity Activity button on the left side of the app. That lets you know whenever you've got notifications.

    Activity button showing one notification

If someone's trying to get your attention, they'll probably @mention you (it's the best way to make sure a specific person sees a message). When that happens, a number appears next to the channel that you were mentioned in; additionally, the channel name itself appears bold.

If you're not signed in to Teams, you'll get an email notification to alert you about any missed activity.

A notification in a channel

The Activity feed is a great place to keep track of all your important news, including your recent likes, @mentions, replies, and more. The first thing you'll see in Activity Activity button is your regular feed, which shows you all the activity that's directly relevant to you (like if someone replied to your post in a channel, liked one of your messages, or mentioned you).

You can filter your feed based on what kind of notification you want to see (like @mentions or replies). Click Filter Filter button to select the kind of notification you'd like to see first.

If you want, you can choose to view more specific feeds. Head up to the Feed menu and select either My activity or Team activity.

My activity shows you a list of everything you've been up to lately in Teams, like if you replied to a conversation, @mentioned someone (including @team and @channel mentions), and more.

Team activity is the best place to go if you want to get a quick idea of what's been happening in your favorite channels. It shows you a list of everything that's been happening beyond what directly affects you, like if several people are participating in a conversation in one of your favorite channels.

We attached unique symbols to different types of notifications in your feed. That way, you can look through your feed and prioritize based on the following:

At mention button

@mentions of you specifically.

Teams button

@team mentions for teams you're on.

Channel mention button

@channel mentions in teams you're on.

Reply button

Replies to your posts.

Like button

Posts you liked.

Add people to team button

You were added to a team.

Team owner button

You were made a team owner.

Your other option is to filter your feed by clicking Filter Filter button and selecting @mentions, likes, follows, or replies.

Click More options More options button next to a notification to start managing your feed. From the menu, you can mark a notification as read or unread. You can also follow or unfollow the channel or team where the notification was posted.

To further customize your notification settings, click your profile picture in the bottom left corner of the app and then click Settings > Notifications. Here you can fine-tune what notifications you receive and how they appear.

You have the ability to choose what kind of feed you want to see (almost like curated lists). If you head up to the Feed menu at the top of your regular feed, you can opt to view either My activity (which shows you what you've been up to) or Team activity (which shows you what everyone else has been up to).

For example, click My activity to see a list of all the recent actions you've performed in Teams. You'll see items detailing any time you liked a post, replied to a thread, @mentioned someone, or followed a new channel.

Team activity shows you a list of everything that's happening in your favorite channels, even if you're not directly involved. It tells you if anyone has posted new messages or replied to previous posts in the channels you follow. It also lets you know if a connector or bot sent a message to any of your favorite channels.

You know you have unread messages and unseen activity in a channel because its name appears bold. If you favorite the channel, it stays visible in your list.

Bolded team channels

You also receive notifications when someone @mentions you or replies to a conversation you're in, so that's another way you know a channel is active.

Activity and mentions

If you're worried about knowing whether a conversation is going on that needs your attention, rest assured: All your notifications appear in your Activity feed, so you'll never miss a thing. You get a notification whenever someone:

  • @mentions you (you also see your @mentions in the conversation).

  • @mentions teams and channels you belong to.

  • Replies to conversations you're part of.

  • Replies to your replies.

A channel

You'll also see a number next to the bolded channel name, which lets you know you were mentioned in that channel.

Activity in a channel

To follow a channel, click More options More options button next to the channel name in your teams list and then select Follow this channel. From then on, you'll receive direct notifications whenever there's new channel activity.

You can also catch up on all your followed channels by clicking Activity Activity button , clicking Filter Filter button , and selecting Following.

All your messages are saved, and you can search for old messages from your chat list or team channels.

On mobile, tap Search Search button in the header and enter keywords or someone's name.

On the desktop or web app, use the search bar at the top of the app. You can narrow your search by selecting Filter Filter button to filter your search by date, subject, author, and more.

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