Change your message display settings

When using Slack on your desktop, you can adjust how your messages are shown: choose a message theme and select your display options.


Set your message display preference

To change your message theme and display options, you'll need to access your preferences. Here's how:

  1. Click your workspace name in the top left to open the menu.
  2. Choose Preferences.
  3. Select the Messages & Media tab.
  4. Check out the Message Theme and Display Options settings.


Message theme

By default, Slack uses the Clean theme. If you’d like to see more messages at once, you can switch to the Compact theme instead.

Clean theme

Compact theme

The Compact theme uses less white space between messages and hides member profile photos for a more condensed view.

Tip: With the Compact theme, you can customize the color you see your teammates' display names. Try typing /color @slackbot 3EB890 — or any 6-digit HTML color value. 🎨


Display options

You can adjust other message-related settings under Display Options:

  • Display information about who is currently typing a message
    Choose whether to show the “is typing” message when members are typing.
  • Display full names instead of display names
    Choose whether to show full names or display names in Slack channels.
  • Show times with 24-hour clock
    Choose between 24-hour and 12-hour times (e.g. 16:12 or 4:12 PM).

Looking to change the size of your text? You can adjust your zoom level in Slack to increase or decrease your font size.

A word on accessibility: We're committed to making Slack a place where you can feel comfortable getting work done. We’re working to improve areas of accessibility, to make Slack more inclusive for everyone. Stay tuned for updates — or, send us a note

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