Use Microsoft Teams to Manage Your Activity Feed: Configure Notifications to Work for You

July 4, 2023
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Managing Your Activity Feed

Your activity feed is where you will find updates, messages, and notifications. By default, Teams shows you all activity in your feed, but you can filter it to show only the information most relevant to you.

In the top left of the Teams navigation bar, select the Activity bell icon. 

Image of the Microsoft Teams left navigation bar showing icons for Activity, Chat, Teams, Calendar, and Calls
Figure 1: Activity feed. | Used with permission from Microsoft.

From here, you can filter your activity feed by selecting specific types of activity or teams to view, such as:

  • @mentions: This shows you all messages that mention your name or username.
  • Replies: This shows you all replies to your messages or any threads where you have participated.
  • Likes: This shows you all messages that you or other users have liked.
  • Mentions and Replies: This shows you a combination of @mentions and replies.
  • All Activity: This shows you all activity in your feed.

You can also mark activity as read or unread, which can be helpful for keeping track of important messages. If you want to focus on a specific conversation, you can pin it to the top of your activity feed by hovering over the conversation and selecting the pin icon.

Configuring Notifications

Notifications keep you informed of updates in your channels and teams.

Manage Your Notifications

Click the ellipsis (“…”) next to your profile picture in the top-right corner of the Teams window, and then select Settings.

Screenshot showing Settings (and Cast) in the top-right corner of the Teams window.
Figure 2: Settings and more. | Used with permission from Microsoft.

Teams and Channels Notifications

Choose if you want notifications for all activity, only @mentions and replies, or a custom selection.

Screenshot showing the ability to customize desktop and activity notifications within Teams and channels. The three options are All activity, Mentions & replies, and Custom.
Figure 3: Custom notifications. | Used with permission from Microsoft.

Custom Notifications

Configure settings for the type of notifications you want to receive for all teams and channels. You can also configure settings for shown and pinned channels specifically.

Configure Notifications for Individual Channels

Click the ellipsis (“…”) of the channel that you want to configure, and then select Channel notifications. You can choose to receive notifications for all activity, custom, or turn them off. The Off setting has an exception for personal mentions and direct replies based on previous settings that you have selected for these.

Screenshot showing the ability to configure channel notifications. Options are All activity, Off, and Custom.
Figure 4: Configure notifications for individual channels. | Used with permission from Microsoft.

Chat Notifications

To mute a chat from a person, group, or meeting, click the ellipsis (“…”) of the chat that you want to configure, and then select Mute.

Screenshot showing the Mute option for configuring chat notifications. Other options shown are Notify when available, Manage apps, and Delete chat.
Figure 5: Chat notifications. | Used with permission from Microsoft.


It is very easy to get overwhelmed quickly with a lot of notifications. With Teams, you can configure notifications so that you only get the ones that are most important to you.

Sharon Weaver

Sharon Weaver

Sharon is the founder and CEO of Smarter Consulting, a Microsoft Partner business and technology consulting company. She founded her business to grow and diversify the technology resource pool by providing opportunity to underserved individuals such as women and minorities by providing them with the opportunity and support to add a technical skill set to their existing industry experience. Her goal is to create a business environment based on diversity, inclusion, and opportunity.

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