If your company uses Microsoft Teams, you’re likely to be part of a large number of teams and channels within the application.
Using teams and browsing your Microsoft Teams activity feed undoubtedly feels overwhelming, and it can be difficult and even time consuming to confuse all the posts, @ mentions, comments, and other announcements you receive every day.
If you can’t find your notifications, it becomes much harder to prioritize and perform tasks.
Fortunately, there are ways to simplify tracking your Microsoft Teams activity feed. One of the best ways is to filter your notifications.
How do I filter my Microsoft Teams activity feed?
Filtering your Teams activity feed is easy! Just go to your activity feed (by clicking on the bell in the upper left corner of the Microsoft Teams interface) and look for the “Filter” drop-down menu. It looks like this:
When you click on the “Filter” icon, the top of your menu becomes searchable and you can enter your own search terms to find what you are looking for.
What Activity Feed filters are available?
Or you can filter by type. Click the three dots next to the search bar.
This displays 8 different filter options.
To make it easier to browse notifications at a glance, Microsoft has given each category an icon, which you can see in the corresponding image above.
Some additional tips for managing your Microsoft Teams notifications
If you’re still inundated with Microsoft Teams notifications, the tips below for changing your notification settings can help.
Access notification settings
Click the gear icon next to the “Filter” icon at the top of your activity feed. This will automatically open your notification settings.
You can also navigate to it by clicking on your profile picture, selecting settings, and navigating to the Notifications menu.
Manage the notifications you receive
You don’t want to risk missing important messages from your team, but you can customize how and when you want to see certain notifications on your screen.
Missed activity emails
If you’re not sitting at your desk or can’t access your Teams account for a long time, setting up missed activity emails is a good way to catch up. You can choose how often you want to receive them, including messages as soon as a notification arrives on Teams. Or you can customize it to an email once a day. It all depends on your needs and preferences.
Appearance and sound
Don’t want message previews to appear on your screen? You can take them out here. You can also change the notification sound from this menu item.
Teams and channels
From this option, you can select what you want to receive desktop and activity notifications for. Whether you want a notification for everything that happens in your teams and channels, just mentions and answers, or even a custom setting for each team, you can easily manage them.
Additional notification settings
With the rest of your Microsoft Teams notification settings, you can customize your notifications for instant messaging, meetings, individuals, and approvals.