Right at your fingertips: a guide to the right sidebar

| November 16, 2016

HipChat right sidebar

If you’re not taking full advantage of your right sidebar, you’re not at your top productivity potential. Your sidebar provides you tons of important information that helps you work faster. From room members to file storage to alerts from other apps, this is your source of truth.

The sidebar saves you time and keeps you organized in HipChat—no searching through your chat logs for that one file you sent a week ago, no scrolling through drop-down menus for the integration you want, no alt-tabbing. It’s all at your fingertips.

And it’s super-simple to access it. Just click on the hamburger icon in the top right corner of your desktop or web app.

HipChat sidebar

Et voilà —everything you’ve shared or integrated into HipChat is right there and ready for you and everyone in the room with you.

(Wondering why HipChat is dark in these images? They’re using Dark Mode!).

Members tab: room members and their statuses

When chatting in rooms, it’s always best practice to know with whom you’re talking. You’d probably also like to know if the people you’re intending to chat with are actually available. Your Members list gives you just that.

HipChat sidebar members tab

To see a list of everybody in the room, click on Members. You’ll get a full list of people who are in the room. Then scroll over anyone’s name to see their status.

Note: For large groups, the members list is sorted alphabetically. For smaller groups, the list is organized by presence (people who are available first and people who are offline last).

Files tab: all files shared in the room

Chat happens quickly, and sometimes a shared file is buried deep in a conversation. No worries—just go to the Files tab to get a full list of files shared in that room.HipChat sidebar files tabIt also shows who shared the file and when it was shared so you can quickly find what you need.

Pro tip: When sharing a file, rename it in the chat input field to best explain what is being shared. For instance, change “screenshot.png” to “Sales Report Nov. 2016.”

Links tab: all links shared in the room

Same goes for all those links you’ve shared. Just click on the links tab to get a full list of links shared with the name of the person who shared it.HipChat sidebar links tab

Integrations & bots

Below these tabs, you’ll find integrations and bots you’ve installed (note that not all integrations show up in the sidebar). This is your view into the happenings on all your other services.HipChat sidebar integrationsIn the image above, see integrations with JIRA, Bitbucket, Confluence, StatusPage, and Google Calendar. These are just a few of hundreds of integrations. This room also has Standup Bot installed, which will record everyone’s standup reports so you can read them when needed.

Click on any of these tabs to get more information about that service, like seeing Google Calendar events and updates to Confluence pages.HipChat integrations

And if you ever want to hide the right sidebar so you can focus on the conversation you’re having, just click on the sidebar icon again, and poof—it disappears.

The right sidebar is a convenient reference point for everything you use in HipChat, saving you precious minutes (upon minutes, upon minutes) of searching for what you need. We all know that time is our most precious resource, and this is just one of the ways HipChat helps you maximize it.