Zen for PCs

Zen Quick Start

When you first open the recommendations feed, Zen will allow you to select the channels whose postings you find the most interesting. Recommendations from the channels that you select will appear more frequently in your feed.

If you are already using Zen, log in to Yandex. If you are opening Zen for the first time:

  1. Click the Enable button (the button appears in the Yandex and Mozilla Firefox browsers).
  2. On the selection screen, select the channels whose postings you want to see in your recommendations feed. This list is generated automatically from the most popular channels in Zen. For convenience, it is divided into topics (news, technology, entertainment, etc.).
  3. Click the Go to Feed button.

Recommendations feed

By default the recommendations feed is displayed in:

Under the Tableau when you open a new tab.

Recommendations are displayed as cards in your feed. To see all your recommendations, scroll down the feed with the cards. To read a posting, select a recommendation from the feed and the full text will open in a new tab. In this case, the recommendations feed will remain in a separate tab so that you can return to it.

Refreshing recommendations

In order to refresh your recommendations feed, press the F5 key or the More cards button, which will appear if you scroll down the recommendations feed and then back up again.

Zen on various devices

If you read Zen across various devices, you can synchronize your recommendations feeds between them. In this case, Zen will be able to make better recommendations because it will consider which sites you visit and how you rate content that you read on all devices.

In order to do this, you need to log in to Yandex on all of your devices using a single account:

  1. Open the Yandex site.
  2. Click the Log in link in the upper right corner of the page.
  3. Enter your username and password. If you do not yet have a Yandex account, click the Registration link and provide all the requested information to create your account.

This will not affect the recommendations in Yandex.Launcher. They have to be synchronized directly in the app.

  1. Go to the leftmost desktop.
  2. Click  → Sign in to Zen in the upper left corner.
  3. Enter your username and password. If you do not yet have a Yandex account, click the Registration link and provide all the requested information to create your account.

Rating postings

Zen tries to build content for your recommendations feed according to your interests by analyzing the postings that you read on the Internet. Customization takes time. To customize it faster, rate the postings directly in Zen:

  • If you like a posting, click on the  icon below the recommendation and Zen will recommend more of the same content. The site will be added to your favorites list.
  • If you don’t like a posting, click the icon below the recommendation, and Zen will recommend this type of content less frequently.
  • If you don’t want to see content from this site, click on the  icon below the recommendation and then click the Block link. The site will be added to your blocked list.

The more ratings you make in Zen, the better it will match your interests.

Disabling Zen

  1. Click   → Settings.
  2. Go to the Appearance section.
  3. Deselect the Show Zen — your personal recommendations feed — in new open tabs option.

If the Zen feed fails to appear

Log in to Yandex. If the feed does not appear after logging in, make sure that:

  • The recommendations are displaying normally on the Yandex Zen service site.
  • The Show Zen — your personal recommendations feed — in new open tabs option is enabled in Yandex.Browser settings (Visual Bookmarks settings in Firefox).
  • The most recent browser version is installed. If your browser version is not the most current one, update it. Perform the following steps to learn your browser version:

    Click   → Advanced → About the browser.