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The #general channel
Every new Slack workspace starts with a
#general channel. It’s unlike all other Slack channels because no one can leave it — that's what makes it so useful! It's a great place to share important messages, like announcements. You don’t even need to invite members to #general: they’ll be added automatically when they join the workspace ( but not guests!).
Tip: If you have an urgent message to share with the entire team, mention @everyone in #general. Ask people to react to your message so you know who’s seen it. 👀
Share what’s important in #general
Everyone can see everything posted in #general, so we recommend discouraging unnecessary messages. There are a couple of options to help reinforce this:
Set a channel topic and purpose
Make it clear what the #general channel is for by
setting a descriptive channel topic and purpose.
Rename the #general channel
Workspace Owners and Admins can
rename the channel to something more descriptive, like #announcements, #notices, or #room101 — whatever suits your workspace's needs!
Note: The #general channel can't be converted to a private channel, or a shared channel.
Decide who can post in #general
Workspace Owners can limit who can post in #general. This option is especially helpful if you'd like to use the channel only for important announcements.
From your desktop, click your workspace name in the top left.
Administration, then Workspace settings from the menu. Click the
tab. Permissions Next to
Messaging, click Expand. Under
People who can post to #general, make your selection. Click
Note: Workspace Owners can restrict who can use @everyone in #general. If you also restrict posting to Owners and Admins, members will not be able to use @here or @channel.
Remember: If an Owner limits who can post in #general this will also affect apps and integrations.
Reduce noise in #general
Although it’s not possible to leave or delete the #general channel, there are a few ways members can reduce distractions:
Members can mute activity in #general the same way they'd
mute any other channel.
Ignore channel notifications
Members can adjust their
channel notification preferences for #general and ignore any @here and @everyone notifications.
Tip: Check out Reduce noise in Slack for more tips to help you manage what gets your attention — and what doesn’t.