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Use @mentions to get someone's attention

If you'd like to get someone's attention in an email message or a meeting invite, you can type the @ symbol, followed by their name, in the body of the email message or a meeting invite. If you do this, not only will their name be highlighted in the message body or invite details, but Outlook will automatically add them to the To line of the email or meeting invite, and they'll see the @ symbol next to the message in their Inbox.

This feature is available now in Outlook for Office 365,Outlook for Office 365 for Mac, Outlook 2019 and Outlook 2016 


Use @ in the body of a message or meeting invite


In the body of the email message or calendar invite, enter the @ symbol and the first few letters of the contact's first or last name.



When Outlook offers you one or more suggestions, choose the contact you want to mention. By default, the contact's full name is included.



You can delete a portion of the mention, for example, everything other than the person's first name. The mentioned contact is also added to the To line of the email or the meeting invite.



Search for messages that mention you

If you receive a lot of email, you might want to filter the messages in a folder to see only those messages that mention you.

In Outlook for Windows,

  1. Above the message list, choose All.

  2. Choose Mentioned Mail.


In Outlook for Mac,

  1. On the Home tab, choose Filter Email.

  2. Choose Mentioned.