Left sidebar

The left sidebar in the Zulip web and desktop apps helps you navigate your conversations. It has three main sections:

  • Views provide various ways to get an overview of your messages.
  • The direct messages section shows your direct message conversations.
  • The channels section shows the channels you are subscribed to.

You can customize how channels are organized within the channels section by:

Adjust what information is shown

There are many ways you can adjust the left sidebar to help you focus on the information you need in the moment.

Expand or collapse the views section

  1. Click the triangle to the left of VIEWS in the left sidebar.

Expand or collapse the direct messages section

  1. Click the triangle to the left of DIRECT MESSAGES in the left sidebar.

Show all direct message conversations

  1. If the DIRECT MESSAGES section in the left sidebar is collapsed, click the triangle to the left of DIRECT MESSAGES to expand it.

  2. Click more conversations at the bottom of the list of recent DM conversations.

To return to the channel list in the left sidebar, click back to channels.

Show all topics in a channel

  1. Click on a channel in the left sidebar.

  2. Click show all topics at the bottom of the list of recent topics in the selected channel.

To return to the channel list in the left sidebar, click BACK TO CHANNELS.

Hide or show the left sidebar

  1. Above the left sidebar, click the icon.