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Channel history is useful, but despite slack's new message notification system, I find myself unnecessarily scanning old parts of a conversation frequently, and would like to hide it from the screen.

Is there a slack command or technique to hide on-screen messages, or to push them above the fold, once I am finished reading messages in a channel?

Shell Terminal applications and IRC clients implement this functionality, and it's very useful to suppress distractions.

  • One technique is to use a channel - have that message in a channel, you can close the channel afterward. (this does, of course, require that you know you are going to want to hide the messages before the conversation begins.) – nycynik Aug 24 '18 at 19:26
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This kind of feature is not supported by Slack.

I got in touch with them, and this is the official response:

Unfortunately, the option to hide on screen messages is not something we currently offer with Slack, although I see how useful this feature could be. I'm happy to pass this along as a suggestion to the team for future consideration! My apologies we don't currently offer this feature or something similar. (Amie, Slack Support)

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I wanted this too, to begin to look for messages from the clear point (like we do in terminal with CMD-K).

My solution to this is very specific to my case (waiting for a Slackbot to respoind to some action I've taken elsewhere). I add a new message at the clear point in the public channel, something like ---- MERGED PR INTO K8 DEPLOY ---- which could just be a horizontal line or a Slackmoji, too.

  • That is a nice approach. Did you find a way to do this so that only you see the message, or do other members of the channel see it too? – Chris Betti Apr 19 at 15:47
  • Unfortunately others must see it. On the other hand, you could thumbs-up a post or something more discreet if you wanted. – Dan Rosenstark Apr 19 at 20:21

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