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.
MS Teams feels like abandonware to me.
Things that are seemingly easy to implement and are desired by just about everyone are just ignored for years.
And this last year has been a very hot year for collaborative apps like this, as the entire world was forced to learn and embrace new ways of working together remotely due to a global pandemic. So you'd think Teams would get some attention and be given top priority. If Microsoft didn't push hard to further develop and improve Teams in 2020, then I don't know if they ever will.
This needs to be set up as an org-wide preference. I'd like to be able to choose the option of using first names only in @mention shortcuts when it's possible. Everyone in our small nonprofit is on a first name basis. So for example when I type a @Fred and it responds with @Fred Flintstone; I'd rather not have to delete the last name before I start typing. However if there are two guys named @Barney, it would require me to choose one or the other; and then display the full name @Barney Rubble.
It appears the request to be able to use first names or nicknames was first posted in 2016 and has been marked as "under review" since 2019. It doesn't feel too auspicious. I could be incorrect, but I believe this feature was implemented long ago for many Teams users, but perhaps government agencies and organizations with tighter restrictions are not allowing these customizations. Given this...even if we remain unable to use first (or other) names...is there a way to set up the name order to be FIRST LAST (rather than LAST, FIRST)? This would at least help our messages look less awkward -- and would be easier to add the "@" names. Thanks!
The Derek commented
Just allow anyone to edit their own @mentions in Teams... sort of like a custom Contact??
Please and thank you! :)
'Under review' since 9 April 2019. Soon to celebrate happy 2nd anniversary! :O :(
Yes! Username instead of display name will save keystrokes, and I'm on a budget.
We would really like to have this feature. Please implement.
Jim Bouse commented
Yes! Please help us help our staff stop asking about having Slack instead. Sometimes is is just the simple/small things that make all the difference.
Please add this so my coworkers stop laughing at me.
My backspace button is getting worn out already, one less for mentions would be ideal.
cleven mmari commented
Please add this feature when it is possible.
José A. Domínguez commented
This has been under review since April 8, 2019. Can someone from Microsoft to comment on the status? Thank you.
This should be able to use a nickname, not just a full first name.
You can add the full name as usual, then before sending highlight the last name, hit delete and enter quick enough and voilà.
Bob DeSilets commented
I can edit the user's name once I pull it up with an @ mention, but it would be nice to at least have a keyboard shortcut to just use the first name (or nickname)
Please do this! Allow people to choose a nickname that can be used for them. I hate how impersonal it feels to have to call someone something like Jonathan Smith instead of Jon or Rebecca Thompson instead of Becky.
Paul Myers commented
This would be a great addition to Teams
The orange 'Name, Full ***' mention makes me feel harassed and hurried. Totally unnecessary.
All we need is a short name, if it has to be orange...then so be it. 😐
Jason P commented
+1. The school I teach at uses FamilyName, GivenNames (Student/Teacher) as their DisplayName, and in this case, it's literally never possible to tag someone by their Given Name or Preferred Name only
Even @username would be super helpful here, since it's still more natural, or in the spirit of inclusivity, let end users specify their preferred name (or admins to do so based on some address book entry - I understand that in some settings you may not want a nickname to be changeable by an end user, e.g., in a student setting, I'm almost certain at least one student would change their name to Boaty McBoatface)
But I should be able to delete any part of a person's name post tagging, as a start
yes please. We have very long aliases that include the person's Division/Department and presentationally it looks messy if the whole alias is included.