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Sometimes you need to get the attention of another member when having a conversation in Slack. When you send a message and include an @mention, the person you mention will be notified. 📣
Mention someone in a message
There are two ways to @mention a member:
Choose from a list of members If you don’t know a member’s display name or full name, click the @ icon in the right of the message field to view the names of everyone in your workspace. The list will become shorter once you start typing the letters of a member’s name.
Type an @mention Typing the @ symbol followed by a member’s full name or display name will also give you a shorter list of members to choose from. When you find the member you want to @mention, simply press Tab to auto-complete and make your selection.
On desktop, you can also type a member’s display name without the @ symbol and press Tab to reveal a list of potential matches.
If you mention someone in a public channel they aren’t currently in, Slackbot will ask you if you want to invite them to join, send them a link to your message or do nothing. If you mention someone in a private channel, you will not see the option to send them a link to your message. Once you invite them to join, they’ll be able to see your message.
Note: On mobile, you must tap a name to select it from the menu or the @mention won’t complete.
Bear in mind: If you send a message and forget to mention someone, simply editing the message and including the @mention or keyword will not trigger a notification.
Several matches for a display name
If you try to @mention someone with the same display name as another person, you’ll see a dotted blue box with a question mark in the top right. Click the question mark to select the person you want to mention.
Check your activity
@mentions of your display name are always highlighted in yellow. Mentions of other members are highlighted in blue. You can find your most recent @mentions, @channel messages, keywords and reactions to your messages under Activity.
Click the Activity icon in the top right corner of Slack. This will open the Activity pane.
To see only your @mentions and keywords, untick the Include @channel mentions option.
Swipe from right to left to open the right sidebar.
Tap the Overflow menu in the top right.
Tip: Using an @mention in a direct message with any member will not trigger a notification.
Who can use this feature?
Allmembers and guests
Free, Standard, Plus and Enterprise Grid subscriptions
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