Edit or delete a message

Note: Editing topic titles is discussed in a separate guide. Additionally, Zulip messages cannot be deleted, but they can be edited so that their contents are blank.

Zulip allows you to easily edit the contents of your messages after they have been posted.

  1. Hover over a message to replace the message's timestamp with its message actions, represented by three icons. From the icons that appear, select the pencil () icon to reveal a message editing box.

  2. After making the changes to your message in the message editing box, click the Save button to save the changes you made to your message.

Note: After you have edited a message, the message is publicly marked as (EDITED). You can view a message's edit history, assuming that feature has not been disabled by an organization administrator.

Message editing time limit

Depending on your organization settings, Zulip may be configured with a time limit within which you may edit a message (e.g. 10 minutes). As soon as that limit has passed, the pencil () icon changes to a file () icon.

Clicking on () icon will allow you to view the Markdown source or change the topic of your message.

Deleting messages

If you wish you hadn't sent a message at all, deleting the content of the message in the editing UI will cause the message to be displayed as (deleted). The original sender and timestamp of the message will still be displayed, and the original content of the message is still accessible via Zulip's edit history feature. This can be the least confusing option for other users.

Delete a message completely

For cases where someone accidentally shared secret information publicly (e.g. you posted an employee's salary), one can completely delete a message from Zulip by following the instructions below.

It's important to understand that anyone who received the message before you deleted it could have made a copy of its content. So if you accidentally shared secret information that you can change, like a password, you may want to change that password regardless of whether you also delete the message.

Note: This feature can only be controlled by organization administrators.

  1. Hover over a message to replace the message's timestamp with its message actions, represented by three icons. From the icons that appear, select the down chevron () icon to reveal an actions dropdown.

  2. Select the Delete message option from the dropdown to delete that message.