PMs, mentions, and alerts

You can configure desktop, mobile, and email notifications for private messages (PMs), mentions, and alert words.

Configure notifications

These settings will affect notifications for private messages, group private messages, mentions, and alert words.

  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 Notifications.

  4. In the Notification triggers table, toggle the settings for PMs, mentions, and alerts.

You can also hide the content of private messages (and group private messages) from desktop notifications.

  1. Under Desktop message notifications, toggle Include content of private messages in desktop notifications.

Wildcard mentions

By default, wildcard mentions (@**all**, @**everyone**) trigger email/push notifications as though they were personal @-mentions. You can toggle whether you receive notifications for wildcard mentions.

Unlike personal mentions, wildcard mentions do not trigger notifications in muted streams.

  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 Notifications.

  4. In the Notification triggers table, toggle the @all checkbox for Streams.

Additionally, you can override this configuration for individual streams in your Stream settings, and administrators can restrict use of wildcard mentions in large streams.

Alert words

Zulip lets you to specify alert words or phrases that notify you whenever the alert word is included in a message. Alert words are case-insensitive.

Add an alert word or phrase

  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 Alert words.

  4. Add a word or phrase.

  5. Click Add alert word.