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; as workspaces grow larger, many opt to use the #general channel only for important announcements. You don’t even need to invite anyone to #general: they’ll be added automatically when they join the workspace.

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 few 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!


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 for important announcements only. Here's how do adjust this permission from your desktop:

  1. Click your workspace name in the top left to open the menu.
  2. Select Workspace settings.
  3. Click the Permissions tab.
  4. Next to Messaging, click Expand.
  5. Under People who can post to #general, make your selection.
  6. Click Save.

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

Note: The #general channel can't be converted to a shared channel.


Reduce noise in #general

Although it’s not possible to leave the #general channel, there are few ways members can reduce distractions:

Mute #general

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.

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