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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:
Click your team name to open the
Team Menu. Select
Team settings. Click the
tab. Permissions By
Messaging, click expand. Under
Who can post to your #general channel, select a role of your choice.
Tip: Owners can also restrict who can use @everyone in #general, as well as @here and @channel in all channels. Just visit to browse the options. Messaging
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.