Slack is a collaboration app known for its productivity-enhancing tools and simple user interface. With just a little slack time under your belt, you’re well on your way to becoming a slack pro.
Would you like to get to your destination faster? These advanced Slack features will have you feeling like a pro in no time.
1. Highlighting keywords
We all have Slack messages that we look for (and the ones we don’t) every day. If you want to be notified when a message is shared with keywords you are interested in, Slack makes it easy with keyword notifications.
Keyword notifications can be used to get notified when someone mentions a project you’re working on, or even when someone mentions your favorite TV show.
To make keywords stand out, do the following:
Select your workspace name in the upper right corner, then select settings.
Scroll down until you see My keywords.
Enter your keywords in the field provided and separate the individual keywords with commas.
You will now be notified when messages are sent with these keywords.
2. Set reminders
Do you need to remember to check in on a project? Would you like a reminder of your daily lunch break? It’s easy to set up reminders in Slack. To do it:
Choose lightning (Shortcuts) Icon from the message field.
Search for /recall and select it from the menu.
In the message field, enter your reminder information in the following format: /recall [@someone or #channel] [what] [when].
Send your message!
You can also remind yourself to check in certain messages to Slack. Just hover over a message, select the three-dot menu, and Remind me of that. Select the timeframe or choose your own.
3. Create a “do not disturb” schedule
While in Do Not Disturb (DND) mode, Slack won’t send you desktop or mobile notifications. We recommend setting your DND times when you are away from the office or on a much-needed vacation.
To set a DND schedule, do the following:
Select your workspace in the upper right corner, then select Settings and administration.
Choose Workspace settings.
Scroll down until you see Please do not disturb and then select Expand.
Select the time that you no longer want to receive notifications, and then select Save on computer.
4. Stop following message threads
Just like long email threads, Slack threads can stretch on for eons. If you no longer want to be part of a message thread, you simply cannot follow it anymore. Here’s how:
Find the original message that started the thread.
Select the three-dot menu, then Turn off notifications for replies.
5. Mute distracting channels
Just like with Threads, there are some channels that you may no longer want to join but that you cannot delete. Or you might want to mute the more chatty channels in your workspace so you can focus on your work.
If that is you, there are a few simple steps to mute distracting channels:
Open the channel you want to mute.
Select the channel name at the top of the conversation area.
Under the channel name, select the Receive notifications for all messages to display a menu.
Choose Mute the channel.
You will only receive a notification if you are specifically mentioned in the newly muted channel.
6. Set Slack notification tones
This one is more for your enjoyment than anything else. Did you know you can choose different Slack notification sounds? Choose from a simple “thing” or “wow” to “hummus”.
To change the notification tone, do the following:
In Slack, select your workspace in the upper right corner.
Scroll down until you see Sound & appearance.
Under Notification tone, use the drop-down menu to choose the sound you like the most.
There you have it. Now, hopefully, you’ll smile a little when you get a new Slack notification.
7. Take notes in Slack
This is perhaps the simplest tip on this list, but it’s very handy and helpful when you need to quickly jot down an idea, reminder, or other type of note.
All you need is your personal direct message channel in your Slack workspace. To take a note of yourself, navigate to your personal channel and type your note in the message field. Then send it.
The note will appear as a message on your personal channel for later review. Of course, if you want a better way to take and capture notes, Slack can also be used in apps like. integrate Evernote.
8. Using the Quick Switcher
If you use Slack for business or as a large corporation, you likely have numerous channels covering endless topics with hundreds of threads.
The Quick Switcher in Slack can help you easily jump to channels or topics with a simple shortcut command.
On the Mac, just press Command + K, and in Windows press Ctrl + K to open the Quick Switcher. You will notice that the Quick Switcher opens at the top of Slack.
Just enter the channel name or topic keywords and Slack will show you all the results instantly. Pick what you’re looking for and get to work.
Bonus tip: use advanced search filters
Yes, there is more to where these eight tips came from. Speaking of numerous channels for searching: Finding what you’re looking for in Slack is made easier with advanced search filters.
Just open the search bar in Slack and you’ll see different search options right from the start. There are four main tabs that you can select to narrow your search:
- Announcements: You can use the Messages tab to further refine your search by looking for messages in a specific channel or direct message, or messages from a specific person in your workspace.
- Files: This tab allows you to search for specific files. Just type in a few keywords and Slack will find files you’ve shared with Slack that relate to them. You can also narrow down your request in the same way as in the news Tab.
- Channels: A search on this tab will return specific channels.
- Persons: A search on this tab will return people in your Slack workspace.
Once you’ve entered your request, Slack offers you additional filter options. For example, you can search by date or even emoji reactions.
Get more out of Slack with Slack apps
Following these tips is a good place to start using Slack like a pro.
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