Questions tagged [slack]

Slack is a free, cross-platform team collaboration tool. Slack also provides a web version accessible from a browser. Slack's features include real-time messaging, archiving, search, channels for team conversations, private groups, and file sharing.

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How do I escape formatting characters in Slack?

Slack uses various characters for its own markdown formatting. How can I enter a message with those reserved characters escaped? e.g. Is it possible to send a message exactly like this: *I don't ...
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How do I invite all team members to a new Slack channel

Is it possible to invite all users (the entire team) to a new Slack channel? It seems there are limits to the number of people that can be invited at once.
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Does Slack have threaded chat or “respond to x” functionality?

We just started experimenting with Slack on my team. It's an awesome product, packed with third-party integrations and user-friendly features. But one that it doesn't have: threaded comments. I'm ...
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Why does Slack limit the number of contacts in my sidebar's direct messages section?

Slack seems to limit the number of contacts shown in my sidebar's direct messages section to 10 or 11 contacts. If I start a direct message with somebody new, another conversation is removed from the ...
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What is the difference between starring and pinning in Slack?

What is the difference between pinning a message and starring a message (other than how the UI makes the appropriate buttons available)?
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How to search in a single channel?

When I use the search box built into Slack, I'm presented with a choice of what channels to include in the search, but the most limited choice I can make there is "Include: only messages from channels ...
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How do I find out who is a Slack Team Administrator?

When I try to invite a team member on Slack to a channel, I see the following message: Multi-channel guests may not appear below. Ask a Team Administrator to invite them. How do I find out who is ...
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Permanently disable previews in Slack

How can I disable image and video previews in Slack? I've found the /collapse command, but that only seems to collapse existing media in the current channel. What I want is for future ones not to ...
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Is it possible to view the “read status” of a message in Slack?

Sometimes I want to know if a specific person has seen a message yet without having to Direct Message them. Is it possible to see read-status in Slack? How?
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Why am I not able to link private channels?

Let's say we are in a private conversation and we have a public channel (#public) and a private channel (#private). If I type in Hey, this is a #public channel. the "#public" is linked to the ...
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How to display 24-hour format time in Slack?

On https://slack.com/, how do I display message timestamps in 24-hour format instead of AM/PM?
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How to silence Slack's default slackbot?

I'm using Slack with Ubuntu Linux 16.04. While I enjoy working with Slack, there is this annoying Slackbot, which keeps repeating the same messages all the time (for example: 'User is in Do not ...
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How do I disable join/leave messages in Slack?

Slack insists on telling me that foo: joined #best-chat-room-yay Is there a way to disable this?
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How to restrict who can post on a channel in Slack?

I want to have a special channel primarily to post company's announcement in my Slack team, and I don't want anybody, except me and a select few people, to post in that channel, to not distract the ...
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How do I list all channels a user in a Slack workspace is currently in?

Is there a way (via client or API) to list all the channels a given user is currently in? I do not see a way to view this information on their profile page in the desktop Slack client. Alternatively,...
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Disable a single (or small number of) emoji in Slack

How do we remove the middle finger emoji from Slack's symbol set for our team?
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How to remove a bot integration from Slack?

I want to completely remove a bot I created on Slack. I can disable it but not completely remove it. Any ideas?
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How can I view all the messages I posted in a Slack channel?

How can I view all the messages I posted in a Slack channel?
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How can I clear the channel history in Slack?

How can I clear the channel history? The channel in question is a private channel created by me and is not (yet) archived.
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Deleting a channel on slack.com

I created two channels on my Slack team with a typo. I want to delete them but it seems there is no way?
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Can you alias a user to a temporary @-mention?

I want to create an alias for our rotating on-call team member. I would like the @oncall mention to refer to whomever's on-call every week. Is there an easy way to do that?
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Send an email if someone posts a message into a Slack channel

We are using Slack as a team. However, there are also parties that are not part of our team but can participate via a mailing list. I want to set up a channel in Slack, say #mailinglist. Whenever ...
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How to remove Slack User Permanently

I can't find a solution on how to do that, but there is a deactivate account but I want to remove the account permanently. How can I do that?
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Slack - How to add a person to a group chat including the chat's history?

I'm chatting with a few coworkers on slack and would like to add another coworker to the chat. The problem is that when I add a new coworker to the group chat, a new group chat is created without the ...
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Is there any way to filter messages in Slack?

We're getting going with Slack and have reached the point where having all our productivity shouted back at us from Jira/GitHub/Jenkins is drowning out conversation. And even the conversation gets in ...
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Show GitHub commits in a Slack channel

How can I get GitHub commits to get posted to a Slack channel? All I could find in Slack's Help is this page, "Using the GitHub app with GitHub Enterprise" which is only for GitHub Enterprise.
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Slack states that we haven't any space left but still uploads files

We are on the free plan of Slack. This means, that we've 5 GB of space for files. Workspaces on Slack’s Free plan have a total of 5GB of file storage to share. If you’ve reached the limit, files ...
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How do I clear the screen without deleting channel history?

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. ...
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Is there a shortcut or command to start a thread in Slack

Is there a shortcut or a command in Slack I can use to start a thread on the last message? It's annoying to always grab the mouse between using the keyboard to navigate to the chat and typing the ...
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How do I re-enable link previews in Slack?

At some point I disabled website link previews from YouTube in our Slack team. But this was a huge mistake, we need them back. How do I re-enable link previews for a specific website that was disabled,...
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How can I efficiently archive Slack channels?

Slack allows archiving channels. We currently have around 50 channels that are no longer active with 0 users. How can I efficiently archive these channels without having to join and archive them one ...
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Removing multiple members from Slack at once

I use Slack to communicate with my university students. Every semester, the students in my subject change (assuming they all pass). I used Slack last semester but now I have many students which should ...
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Limit slackbot response to a channel?

I know how to program a slackbot response when anyone mentions certain words in a comment. Is it possible to limit this to certain channels? https://get.slack.help/hc/en-us/articles/202026038-...
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Templates for Slack posts

Is there a way to configure templates for Slack posts? e.g. I could type something like /template hi or just /hi and it would start the message with Hello world nice day isn't it, without actually ...
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Stop auto joining channels in Slack

How do I disable auto join in Slack? I keep getting invited into a channel that I don't want to be a part of and it's getting really annoying.
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Can an owner/admin on a free Slack view private channels?

On a free Slack, can an owner/admin view private channels?
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Turn off smooth scrolling in Slack

In Slack, when I'm browsing a channel, if I press PageUp/PageDown, the channel content scrolls smoothly, i.e. the content moves one screen line at a time and it takes about one second to perform the ...
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Limiting the tab asterisk in Slack

I use Slack in my browser. Whenever anyone in any of the channels I have types a message (to me or in general), the asterisk is added. Is there a way to limit the asterisk appearing for messages ...
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How do I turn off Slack's new format while typing?

After an update, Slack now formats messages as you type them which is highly disruptive to how I type. How can I disable this feature and only show message formatting after I hit send?
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How can I get notified when a certain Slack users posts in any public channel?

I want to know when my CEO posts in a public Slack channel. How can I be notified when a specific user posts in any public slack channel I have access to?
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Delete or make a private Slack channel public

I declared by mistake a channel as private on Slack (actually because I didn't realize at first that public meant public to the team only). Now I can't seem to be able to delete it, although I ...
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Global feed for Slack team including all channels and private messages?

Is there a feed in Slack that lists everything that happened in the Slack team in chronological order? (including messages in the channel and private messages) Here is why I need it: I get a ...
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How do I permanently remove an application from Google Hangouts?

Our team was trying out Slack for a month and I added the Slack app to Google Hangouts, apparently. Now when I enter a hangout I see this sidebar: Since I stopped using Slack, I've tried removing ...
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Where can I see when was the last time a given Slack user logged in?

Where can I see when was the last time a given Slack user logged in?
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Is it possible to share a sequence of messages in Slack?

When I move cursor over a message it is highlighted with light grey and a share button (along with some others) appears, but it seems to allow to share only a single message. Is it possible to share ...
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Notify Trello action to different Slack channels

I enabled the Trello integration in Slack and I was able to create notifications that goes in a newly created #trello channel in Slack. But this channel receives the notification of actions performed ...
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Reading Slack updates across multiple channels

If I'm subscribed to 30 Slack channels and five of them have unread messages, does Slack have a feature where there's one place I can quickly read all unread posts without having to hunt for channels ...
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I mistakenly closed a direct message window on Slack, and I don't know with whom it was. How can I re-open it?

I mistakenly closed a direct message window on Slack, and I don't know with whom the direct message window was. How can I re-open it? I clicked here:
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Can a Slackbot create emoji?

The only emoji command I can find is https://api.slack.com/methods/emoji.list Is there a way to programatically create custom emoji? Or is the only way via manual process - https://get.slack.help/hc/...
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How to check who owns the Slack's workspace?

I'd like to check who owns (or at least some kind of public profile page) some workspace based on its subdomain (e.g. xyz.slack.com). Is it possible?