Element Web/Desktop Client Settings

Documentation covering the options available within the Element Web/Desktop Clients' Settings.

Accessing General Settings

Disclaimer: This guide refers to using the Element Matrix clients, Element Web or Element Desktop apps

Accessing the Settings Page

You can change your Matrix account settings by clicking your profile icon in the top left of the Element client. By default, this will be a colored circle with the first letter of your Matrix ID. From the presented drop-down menu, you'll be able to jump into specific settings straight away, or access All Settings. Clicking All Settings will take you first to General settings.

You can also use this menu to quickly return Home, provide Feedback and this is where you can Sign Out from your client.

Disclaimer: The below setting layout / order may change in subsequent client updates, however generally most settings will still perform the same function.

General Settings

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Profile

Allows you to change your Display Name, this is the name seen by others whilst messaging with them. Updating this will notify all rooms of the change of name. You are also able to upload / change your profile picture, you can do this by hoovering over the existing picture and clicking.

After making your changing, click 'Save' to set them. You Matrix ID in full is also displayed here for your reference.

Account

Allows you to add email addresses / phone numbers to your account, as well as change your Language and Region setting. Adding of Third-Party IDs requires verifying your login by either supplying your account password, or using SSO (such as when using Element One).

You'll want to add your email if you'd like to enable Email notifications, check out the Notification Settings documentation, or discovery via Identity Server - see the Discovery section below.

Discovery

Allows you to agree to the identity server (vector.im) Terms of Service to allow yourself to be discoverable by email address or phone number, change your identity server. Using an identity server is optional. If you choose not to use an identity server, you won't be discoverable by other users and you won't be able to invite others by email or phone.

You can stop using an identity server by clicking 'Do not use an identity server'

Manage integrations

Allows you to turn on or off the use of an integration manager. You the toggle button to configure as desired.

Deactivate account

Allows you to deactivate your account - Warning! Deactivating your account is a permanent action.

Appearance Settings

Disclaimer: This guide refers to using the Element Matrix clients, Element Web or Element Desktop apps

Accessing Appearance Settings

You can change your Matrix account settings by clicking your profile icon in the top left of the Element client. By default, this will be a colored circle with the first letter of your Matrix ID. From the presented drop-down menu, you'll be able to jump into specific settings straight away, or access All Settings. Clicking All Settings will take you first to General settings, click Appearance in the vertical navigation menu on the left to open Appearance settings.

Info: The below setting layout / order may change in subsequent client updates, however generally most settings will still perform the same function.

Appearance Settings

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Appearance settings allows you to customize the look and feel of your client, all settings provide visual representation of the changes so you can confirm your preferred style. Options include Theme, Message Layout, Font Size and Image size in the timeline.

Notification Settings

Disclaimer: This guide refers to using the Element Matrix clients, Element Web or Element Desktop apps

Accessing Notification Settings

You can change your Matrix account settings by clicking your profile icon in the top left of the Element client. By default, this will be a colored circle with the first letter of your Matrix ID. From the presented drop-down menu, you'll be able to jump into specific settings straight away, or access All Settings. Clicking All Settings will take you first to General settings, click Notifications in the vertical navigation menu on the left to open Notifications settings.

Info: The below setting layout / order may change in subsequent client updates, however generally most settings will still perform the same function.

Notification Settings

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Notification settings allow you to customize default notification settings which are synced to your account, however you are also able to customize whether you receive notifications for this specific device. Note: A device is per client, using both a web-based Matrix client and a Desktop client on the same physical device will still appear as two separate devices.

Desktop Notifications

To enable desktop notifications from your client, you can enable the toggle 'Enable desktop notifications for this session', you can also customize these notifications to also display the message that triggers the notification using the 'Show message in desktop notification' toggle. When using a web-based Element client, you will also need to accept permissions allowing the client to display notifications.

Notification types explained

Notification settings allow notifications to be set as either 'Off', 'On' or 'Noisy'.

For finer tuning, you can easily configure per room notification setting from the context menu you get by clicking on the ... icon that appears when hovering over the room name in the room list. You can use this to temporarily mute a room, or make sure you’re not missing anything from a given discussion. You can select the following options:

Keyword Notifications

From the notification settings you can also add additional keywords to listen for to trigger a notification. You can directly specify how a notification triggered from these keywords responds in the 'Mentions & keywords' section.

Preference Settings

Disclaimer: This guide refers to using the Element Matrix clients, Element Web or Element Desktop apps

Accessing Preference Settings

You can change your Matrix account settings by clicking your profile icon in the top left of the Element client. By default, this will be a colored circle with the first letter of your Matrix ID. From the presented drop-down menu, you'll be able to jump into specific settings straight away, or access All Settings. Clicking All Settings will take you first to General settings, click Preferences in the vertical navigation menu on the left to open Preference settings.

Info: The below setting layout / order may change in subsequent client updates, however generally most settings will still perform the same function.

Preference Settings

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The Preferences view allows you to customize various aspects of the Element client organized by each area of the application. Each preference is explained next to the toggle to enable or disable the option.

Keyboard Settings

Disclaimer: This guide refers to using the Element Matrix clients, Element Web or Element Desktop apps

Accessing Keyboard Settings

You can change your Matrix account settings by clicking your profile icon in the top left of the Element client. By default, this will be a colored circle with the first letter of your Matrix ID. From the presented drop-down menu, you'll be able to jump into specific settings straight away, or access All Settings. Clicking All Settings will take you first to General settings, click Keyboard in the vertical navigation menu on the left to open Keyboard settings.

Info: The below setting layout / order may change in subsequent client updates, however generally most settings will still perform the same function.

Keyboard Settings