Cheat’s guide to the best Slack hacks

Lately we’ve noticed a lot of JobAdder users are getting Slack.

Not as in — you know — lazy, but Slack: the team communication tool that’s used by over 3 million people every day. As our savvy network of recruiters will know, it’s especially great for recruitment teams as the widespread usage of Slack means that it’s quickly becoming a goldmine for talent.

For detailed tips on how to find talent using Slack, this article is a must-read.

So for all our Slack users out there, we’ve put together a cheat sheet of the top 5 tips you need to know in order to work and communicate better, and just be an all-round better Slacker.

Tip #1: How to set reminders

To set a reminder from any message box:

  1. Type /remind [who] [what] [when]

For example, to set a reminder to take a coffee break: /remind me every weekday at 2pm to take a coffee break. To set a reminder for your team meeting in your channel you might type: /remind #[channel] on July 31st at 10:55am to join the monthly meeting.

Message reminders:

When you want to follow up on a conversation or remind yourself of a task, you can set a reminder for any message in Slack.

  1. Hover over the message you want to set a reminder for.
  2. Click the ‘…’ action button at the far right.
  3. Click ‘Remind me about this’ and select a timeframe from the list. You’ll be reminded at the specified time in Slack.
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Manage your reminders

Use the /remind list command in any channel or direct message to view upcoming, past, or incomplete reminders. Slackbot will return a list that only you can see.

You can action these reminders directly from your list.

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Tip # 2: How to archive and mute channels

Archiving channels that aren’t being used anymore:

  1. Open the channel you wish to archive.
  2. Click the gear icon at the top of the page.
  3. Click ‘Additional options.’
  4. Click ‘Archive this channel.’

Muting channels that you need to be in but find too noisy:

Muting a channel allows you to browse its activity without being notified of unread messages. Muted channels appear at the bottom of your channel list. Keep in mind when you mute a channel, you will no longer receive any notifications from the channel, including @mentions.

  1. Open the channel you wish to mute.
  2. Click the gear icon at the top of the page.
  3. Click ‘Mute #channel.’

Tip # 3: How to prioritise important channels, messages and files by starring them

  1. Open the channel or direct message you’d like to star.
  2. Click the star icon below the channel, message or file. Starred channels and messages will appear at the top of your list. All starred items, including files, can be accessed by clicking the star icon to the right of the Slack search bar.
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Tip #4: How to streamline your view by hiding conversations with no unread activity

  1. Open Slack Preferences by clicking on your company name and then selecting ‘Preferences’ (see image below).
  2. Click ‘Advanced.’
  3. Select the ‘Just my unread channels and DMs’ option under Channel List.
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Tip #5: The top 10 most commonly used shortcuts via the forward slash command

Forward slash commands act as shortcuts to actions in Slack. Here are the top 10 most commonly used commands. To see a full list, simply type ‘/’ in the message text box.

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Originally published at JobAdder News & Information.

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