Configure unread message counters

To provide information about unread messages, Zulip can show unread message counters next to channel names in the left sidebar. This is likely to be helpful if you generally read (or otherwise mark as read) all the messages in a channel, but may otherwise feel unnecessary.

Zulip offers an option to display a dot instead of an unread counter for channels in the left sidebar. You can use a dot for all channels, or just for channels you have muted. You will still be able to see the number of unread messages in a channel by moving your mouse over it in the left sidebar.

  1. Click on the gear () icon in the upper right corner of the web or desktop app.

  2. Select Personal settings.

  3. On the left, click Preferences.

  4. Under Advanced, select your preferred option from the Show unread counts for dropdown.