Slack keeps all your team communication in one place, but your team does a lot! These tips will help you manage what gets your attention — and what doesn’t.
👍🏼 It’s okay to leave channels that aren’t relevant to you. In fact, we recommend it. Channel content will remain available and searchable, and you can always re-join at a later time.
To leave a channel, type /leave in the message box, or go to the Channel Settings.
🔇 Do you enjoy channels like #random but find them distracting? Mute channels that you only want to check occasionally. Muted channels won’t appear bolded when there’s unread activity, but don’t worry — you will see a mention count indicator next to its name in the channel list when you’re mentioned. Muting is also handy for channels with lots of updates from bots, like your Twitter feed.
To mute a channel, type /mute in the message box, or go to the Channel Settings.
🗃 Archive channels you no longer need, like after a project is complete. All contents will be saved and remain searchable. Archiving channels affects everyone in the channel, so if you aren’t sure whether the channel is still relevant for others, just leave it instead.
To archive a channel, type /archive or go to Channel Settings.
Note: For some teams, only Admins or Owners can archive channels. Learn more about archiving channels in this Help Center article.
🔕 When you really need to focus, go into Do Not Disturb (DND) mode to snooze all notifications for a set period of time. If a teammate messages you while you’re in DND, they’ll get a message from Slackbot so they know not to expect a response right away. If it’s urgent, they’ll have the option to send you a notification so they can reach you for important matters.
To snooze notifications in Slack, click the bell icon next to your name or type /dnd [amount of time desired].
✨ Tailor your sidebar to help you stay focused. Starring channels brings your most important conversations to the top of your channel list. And if you’re an inbox zero fan, you can set up your sidebar to only show channels if they’re unread or starred. Go to Preferences > Advanced > Channel List and choose the option that works best for you.