Mention a member

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 the person you mention isn’t currently in the channel, Slackbot will ask you if you want to invite them to join, send them a link to your message or do nothing.

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 blueYou can find your most recent @mentions, @channel messages, keywords and reactions to your messages under Activity.




  1. Click the  Activity icon in the top right corner of Slack. This will open the Activity pane.
  2. To see only your @mentions and keywords, untick the Include @channel mentions option.
  1. Swipe from right to left to open the right sidebar.
  2. Tap  Activity.
  1. Tap the   Overflow menu in the top right.
  2. Tap  Activity.

Tip: Using an @mention in a direct message with any member will not trigger a notification.

Who can use this feature?
  • All members and guests can use this feature. 
  • Available to workspaces on free and paid subscriptions.

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