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Setting your Preferences in Shift
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With Shift, you can modify your preferences all from right inside of your Shift Settings. Each time you close and reload Shift or access Shift on a different device, your settings will be saved.


Shift Tour

Upon logging into Shift for the first time, you will be prompted to walk through the Shift Tour. The Shift Tour provides you with a quick guided tour of all of the Shift features and functionality. If you prefer to learn on your own you can exit the Shift Tour and continue navigating through Shift independently. 


Shift updates

Shift updates should be automatically received once they are sent out. However, if you are not seeing an update, follow the steps below to download it:


  1. Go to Options (lower left corner) > Settings > General > Support and Updates
  2. Click on "Check for Updates"
  3. Shift will either notify the application is up to date or a download will run in the background and pop up when ready

To find out the latest available version of Shift, head to our Release Notes section here.


Tray options

You can modify your tray preferences in order to have the Shift icon appear in your tray (top menu of your computer) and display notifications, or to not have Shift appear in your tray.


To find your tray options please go to Options > Settings > General > Tray Options. Toggle "Show tray icon" ON to display the Shift icon in your menu bar. Toggle "Show unread count in tray" ON in order to view the unread count badge on the Shift icon in your tray. 


Give Shift a hard refresh by pressing Ctrl Shift R or Cmd Shift R to fully exit out and relaunch the application



Auto-launch is a setting that prompts Shift to open automatically after you restart your computer. To disable Auto-Launch, please do the following:


  1. Go to 'Options' (the three dots in the bottom left corner)
  2. Go to ‘Settings' (the wrench icon)
  3. Go to ‘General’
  4. Click on ‘Functionality’
  5. Locate the 'Auto-launch' setting and disable it

Sent with Shift signature

Have you just upgraded to Shift Advanced and still see the "Sent with Shift" signature on your emails? If you prefer not to have the "Sent with Shift" signature at the end of your emails, turn it off in your settings:

Go to Options (lower left corner) > Settings > General > Functionality > scroll to find Show Shift signature and toggle it OFF.


This feature is only available for Shift Advacned, Teams, or Shift Basic users with 1 active referral. Learn more about the referral program here.


Spell check

Spell check helps you identify and correct mistakes in your writing. Shift offers spell check in over 40 languages. To enable Spell Check in Shift:


  1. Go to Options (lower left corner) > Settings > General > Spell check

  2. Enable spell check for any language that you wish to use while writing in Shift

Sidebar Settings

You can choose from three different sidebar styles in Shift: standard, compact, or expanded. 


To adjust your sidebar settings go to Options > Settings > General > Appearance or simply right-click on the + in the lower-left corner and select the size you want.



What's next?

Learn about managing email and calendar notifications in Shift here. 


Learn about managing notifications for apps here.


Complete your setup and learn about Shift's best features in our Getting Started section here.


Need help?

Get in touch with our support team here.

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