How to hide and unhide chats in Microsoft Teams

Photo showing how to hide a chat in Microsoft Teams
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Email Twitter: @jheronwalker Nov 19th, 2020 inHow-To

How to hide and unhide chats in Microsoft Teams

To hide and unhide a chat in Microsoft Teams:

  1. Hiding – click the three dots next to any conversation in the Chat pane and choose “Hide”.
  2. Unhiding – search for the hidden conversation, select it, then click the three dots next to it in the Chat pane and choose “Unhide”.

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Microsoft Teams doesn’t let you delete chats with your contacts. However, it is possible to “hide” a conversation, removing it from the chat pane while preserving the conversation history.

Hiding chats

Screenshot showing how to hide a chat in Microsoft Teams

First, find the chat you’re looking for by clicking the “Chat” button in the left sidebar. Next, click the three dots icon next to any of the conversations in the list. Finally, click the “Hide” button to immediately remove it from view.

Unhiding chats

Screenshot of Microsoft Teams searchbar showing a hidden chat

Hidden chats aren’t displayed anywhere in the main Teams UI. To access them, you’ll need to use the search box at the top of the screen. Type a phrase that’s included within the chat – such as the name of the contact – to rediscover the hidden thread.

Screenshot showing how to unhide a chat in Microsoft Teams

Click the conversation’s search result to add it back to the Chat sidebar. Then, click the three dots icon and choose the “Unhide” option from the menu. The conversation will be back in the Chat pane permanently, ready for continued messaging.

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