Let me @ Mention the user's first name instead of their DisplayName
When mentioning someone with @, is it possible to use the user alias instead of the Display Name? In Slack for example, it is possible to choose whether to display the full name or the user name when being mentioned. Could be great to have it on MS Teams because it is shorter in messages where many mentions are provided.
Even, let me create a tag (like tags for mentions in Teams channels) for whatever contact that i have communicate before or is accessible to me inside Microsoft Teams. And after that, I can use that tag to mention that person. Or maybe, let me customize the mention with a right click over and change text to display (like it is made for links, where you can select what text to show for one link)... Only some ideas...
Please make it happen.
In our chats we use many nicknames and first names are oftenly shortened.
And in my native language I need to inflect names when mentioning somebody.
LOL IRC bin around for over 20 years and MS implement an incomplete version
Roxanne Gutierrez commented
Why is it taking Microsoft over 4 years! to even consider implementing such a basic feature? Get it together Microsoft!!! You guys get paid the big bucks. The sad thing is at this scale of business you lose the fundamental idea that customers pay your bills.
Lots of people have a prefered name that is different from their official name. Please do this.
Scott Hajek commented
Some have mentioned the ability to delete part of the full name after it expands, which is a step in the right direction. However, it doesn't solve for when people go by a shortened form or other nickname. Also, having to do the deleting every time is annoying and would be nice to be able to set using first name as default (as others have suggested).
When I give an online lecture to students, I don't want to see their last name and initials, I want to see their first name so I can call them by their first name when asking a question. Lecturers should be able to choose how they want their name to be displayed.
Ed Burnette commented
When I use the @ mention in my company it shows first and last name. I can backspace and get rid of the last name but I want a setting to *always* use the first name unless I specifically do something (tab or whatever) to get the full name. It seems like a minor thing, but the minor things add up over the course of a day.
John Bowers commented
This is a huge problem for me as well. I'm using Teams to manage classes this year and it is completely impersonal to refer to a student as "Lastname, Firstname - UserID". Had I noticed this before I went to the trouble of adding all of my students, encouraging their interaction, and setting up a bunch of features in Teams I would not have chosen Teams at all and frankly, will not use it next semester if this isn't fixed by then.
A great educational experience starts with a great classroom environment. If Microsoft wants to market Teams as "for education" stuff like this needs to be solved and quickly. Again, I will switch to Slack for next semester if this is still an issue, because its a deal breaker for me.
KD Wood commented
Would like to be able to create an alias for @mentions instead of hey @John D. I see “Lastname, First name org Reference Indicator“.
Agree- we need this feature. Our org isn't going to change active directory display, and many people go by a nickname other than their first name - we should be able to accomodate an alias. Even FB messenger has this feature now.
It's super strange to get an @ notification where it's @myName [Organization] if the entire Team chat is all within the same organization, and why would it be highlighted orange if it wasn't me?
Much more friendly
Paul Chera commented
This was submitted over a year ago. Can we get this done already, please? I want to be able to @ my teammates via first name, and have their chats show as their first name first.
Yes, this is already doable, but it should be the default (or configurable) and not an extra keystroke!
Ausaf Ahmad commented
Can we restrict importing user title from AD in Teams? Management level user does not want their title to appear the Teams profile.
give us an option to change our username in microsoft tams.....this would be helpful as teachers are identifying students with different names.
Please, please make this happen.
J Bracken commented
I'd like this feature please as our business is active directory name format is:
`last, first [contract company]`
It is too difficult to change active directory due to the size or our company.
Even if we could set the nick name in our personal contact list but it displays for the recipients also?
Gregory Nelson commented
I use this a lot:
"Your company can set active directory display names to be firstname lastname. @name will then be in first-last order. If you then hit backspace once when mentioning a preson @name will just be their first name. Our company just dd that and it works great for everyone. And names in Outlook are now first-last too."
However, I would like a way to associate a more familiar nickname or Alias and use that spelling in place of the @mention instead, both to set a default for my own profile for others to use and to be able to set it for my personal user for other users to allow for a less formal personal address. For example:
James might go by Jim or (maybe he goes by his middle name 'Andy'), Gregory as Greg, Michael as Mike, Elizabeth as Liz, Zachary as Zach or Zack, William as Will or Bill, Thomas as Tom, etc.