Manage message editing and deletion

By default, all members can edit and delete their own messages and file comments. If they'd like, Workspace Owners and Admins can change these permissions. Here's what they can adjust: 

  • How long members have to edit a sent message
  • Whether members can delete messages (Owners only)

Tip: Restricting the ability to edit or delete messages may impact how members communicate. Consider the pros and cons of editing and deleting for your team's needs.

💡 Configure workspace-wide message retention settings to manage Slack storage.

 

Adjust timeframe for editing messages

Workspace Owners and Admins can allow members to edit a message any time, never, up to one minute, or up to one week after sending it: 

  1. From your desktop, click your workspace name in the top left. Team_Menu.png
  2. Select Administration, then Workspace settings from the menu.
  3. Click the Permissions tab.
  4. Next to Message Editing & Deletion, click Expand.
  5. Under Allow editing, select how long members will have to edit their messages and comments.
  6. Click Save to finish.

Note: If you select Never, then members can no longer edit their messages. 

 

Choose who can delete messages

Workspace Owners can delete any message in a public channel or in private channels that they join, and can restrict members' ability to delete messages: 

  1. From your desktop, click your workspace name in the top left. Team_Menu.png
  2. Select Administration, then Workspace settings from the menu.
  3. Click the Permissions tab.
  4. Next to Message Editing & Deletion, click Expand.
  5. Under People who can delete messages, choose which members can delete messages.
  6. Click Save to finish.

 

Who can use this feature?
  • Workspace Owners and Admins can use this feature.
  • Available to workspaces on free and paid plans.

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