Slack Tips and Tricks: Notifications, Channels, Mute, Do Not Disturb

You’ve KonMaried your closet. You’ve made strides towards Inbox Zero. You’ve unburdened your self of your previous tweets, and now you be at liberty as a chicken. The one factor left to do: discover concord in your digital work-life by tidying up your Slack.

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If you’re one of many eight million individuals who makes use of Slack as an intraoffice communication platform, then you definately’re possible nicely conscious of how slovenly the app will be. Slack is a time-saver, and Slack is a time-suck. Slack liberates your inbox, allows you to set up workplace chats round any subject you select, and—maybe better of all—equips you to create customized emoji of your colleagues’ faces. Slack additionally bombards you with notifications, results in superfluous dialog, and has possible stolen valuable hours of your office productiveness.

Time to scrub it up. Use these tricks to whip your Slack into form.

Tidy Up Channels

Take an audit of your channel subscriptions. Maybe you joined an event-specific chat that’s been dormant for months, otherwise you nonetheless belong to #fishchat lengthy after the workplace fish died. You can go away these channels by choosing the channel title, navigating to the gear icon on the high, and selecting “Leave Channel.” For channels you’ll be able to’t fairly bear to go away however don’t have to test fairly often, select “Mute Channel” as a substitute. This will inoculate you from notifications with out sacrificing your membership to the group.

Next, set up your channels by significance. Channels you test a number of instances per day ought to get a “star.” This will ship them to the highest of the sidebar. Select the channel you wish to prioritize, then click on the star icon on the high of the channel, simply beneath the channel title.

Hide every little thing else. (Yes, actually. Just do it.) You’ve denoted your most essential subscriptions; every little thing else is simply muddle. To do that, click on your title on the high left nook of Slack, then choose Preferences. Click on “Sidebar,” then choose “Unreads and starred conversations.” This will preserve your starred channels inside view, and can present unread direct messages, however received’t show every little thing else. See? Tidy!

Minimize Notifications

You’ll wish to know when somebody pings #snackchat concerning the cupcakes within the gross sales division. But when somebody annoyingly alerts @right here about their private IT disaster? You do not want that blowing up your workspace. Customize your notification settings by navigating to the gear icon within the high proper nook of a channel. You can set alerts for all messages, simply direct messages, or no messages—with totally different settings for desktop and cellular.

You also can set instances when Slack received’t ship you notifications in any respect, like after you’ve got gone dwelling for the day. Enable an computerized time-frame for Do Not Disturb Mode by navigating to Preferences > Do Not Disturb. For extra non permanent leaves of absence, you’ll be able to set your standing to “Away” by clicking your icon and choosing “Set your self to away.”

Sometimes, although, you want a reprieve just a little extra rapidly—like while you’re sharing your display screen in a gathering and that one co-worker received’t cease Slacking you GIFs. For that, merely sort /dnd in any channel and add a size of time (say, “30 minutes” or “at this time”). It’ll shut your notifications up on the spot.

Go Compact

All this tidying up would possibly make you wish to streamline your interface. To change to a extra minimalist view, head to Preferences > Messages & Media and choose “Compact.” (Your default is ready to “Clean.”) This removes consumer avatars, so extra messages match on the display screen at a given time. You also can decrease picture or GIF previews with the command /collapse.

To additional customise your view, change the theme colours. Navigate to Preferences > Sidebar > Theme to browse such coloration mixtures as “aubergine” and “choco mint.”

Customize Your Greeting

Each time you log into Slack, remind your self of why you are there. (It’s to work, bear in mind? Not simply to commerce memes along with your coworkers all day.) You can create a customized loading message to greet you every time you signal on. Find your workspace title within the high left nook and choose “Customize Slack.” From there, select Loading Messages > Add a customized loading message > Add message.

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