I am an avid chatter in the room called shadow's den. But some of @Shadow's replies refer to old messages that can't be seen. I have to zoom to 67% in my browser, look what is highlighted, highlight it with the mouse, right click, and see the preview of search Google for. Then if I can't get an idea of what it is (sometimes I can), I post it to a notepad and read it - when on a PC.

Can Stack Exchange implement some way to show the old messages?

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    Can't you just click the arrow in front of the message? That brings you to the transcript with the replied to message both highlighted and focussed. Keep in mind that @Shadow sometimes has a habit to reply to messages that are weeks, if not years old. No matter how much you zoom, those messages will never reappear without you loading a page.
    – rene
    Nov 7, 2021 at 11:39
  • @rene I will try that, no that habit is not related, I got to know him very near. Nov 7, 2021 at 11:48
  • @rene that worked. Can you provide as an answer? (community wiki?) Will help others. Nov 7, 2021 at 12:01
  • This may be closed as a duplicate but I have some specific considerations on the room and also some solutions but can't add as I am on mobile. By Nov 7, 2021 at 14:54
  • @bad_coder to me its a error, not a nitpick... Nov 9, 2021 at 4:32

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When you enter chat roughly the last 100 posted messages are loaded. Any messages outside of that batch that you're interested in need to be loaded by the user by clicking the "load older messages" at the top of the message list. Clicking that button will load another 100 messages.

Users can ping you and reply to any message, no matter how old the message is. That zooming helped you out in your specific case was mere luck.

When a message is a reply to an earlier (or when constructed carefully a reply to a future message) an arrow appears in front of the message. When clicked the full chat transcript will open with the replied to message highlighted and focused.

In a picture:

arrow in front of message and opened transcript with message highlighted

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