The #general channel

Every new Slack team starts with a #general channel. It’s unlike all other Slack channels because no one can leave it — which is what makes it so useful! You don’t need to invite anyone to #general — they’ll be added automatically when they join the team.

It’s a great place to share important messages. And as teams get larger, many opt to stop using #general for discussion, saving it for important announcements.

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

Everyone can see everything posted in #general, so we recommend discouraging unnecessary messages. There are a few options here:

Decide who can post to #general

If your #general channel is consistently noisy, a Team Owner can limit who can post there. Here’s how:

  1. Click your team name to open the Team Menu.
  2. Select Team settings.
  3. Click the Permissions tab.
  4. By Messaging, click expand.
  5. Under Who can post to your #general channel, select a role of your choice.
  6. Click Save.

Tip: Owners can also restrict who can use @everyone in #general, as well as @here and @channel in all channels. Just visit Messaging to browse the options.

Alternatives to leaving #general

Though it’s not possible to leave the #general channel, you can:

Tip: Check out Reduce noise in Slack for more suggestions about keeping your Slack team pleasant and productive.

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