Slack - User Quick Reference

How to use Slack: getting set up

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Provide your full name, road name (if applicable), and e-mail address to your Sponsor. Your Sponsor will then relay the information to the Webmaster of the Club who will then process your request to be added to Sisters Eternal WMC’s group in Slack.

Your user name will be your road name. If you do not have a road name, please use your first name. Once you acquire a road name, you will be able to update your user name utilizing these directions.

Once you’re signed in, there’s a few important settings you probably want to change.

You’ll also get the most out of Slack if you install the mobile app (iOS / Android) and the desktop app (Mac / Windows) so you get desktop notifications about new messages and can keep up with what’s happening without needing to leave a browser window open.


Helpful Slack commands:


A channel in Slack is like a “room” for discussions, usually arranged around a topic of discussion or the relevant team. To send a notification to everyone in the channel, type @channel and then your message.

This can be annoying if you’re in a large channel, particularly if there are people across a lot of time zones. People tend to use @channel a lot, but it’s useful for getting everyone’s attention.

To send a notification to a specific person inside a channel, type @username. For example, to alert the Blaze, you’d type @blaze.

Like @channel but only notifies people that are online and active, so less annoying.

If you want to talk in third person, this is for you. For example, if you’re going to lunch, you’d type “/me is going to lunch” and it would show as “Owen is going to lunch.”

Direct/private message between you and one other person.

Private Group
Like a channel, but by invitation only. Useful as a ‘disposable’ room for events, quick team discussions or gossip.

Opens a new channel.

Drop out of a channel.

Hides all images and GIFs in a channel.

Who’s who

One feature many aren’t aware of is Slack’s ‘team directory’ that gives you a quick overview of who people are in your group and how to contact them.

It can be accessed via the “…” menu in the top right or by heading to your team site. It lists each team member along with their job title and contact details. 

Understanding Slack notifications

When you sign in to Slack for the first time, basically every type of notification imaginable is enabled. It can be a little much.

Thankfully, the service offers a number of different ways to manage notification overload. Each channel has individual notification preferences, so you can get notifications for every message, just your name being mentioned or nothing at all.

To get to the settings, open the channel you want to change and click the name of it at the top of the screen, then “channel notification preferences.”

From here you can set up both mobile and desktop notifications so the alerts only go where you want them.

If you get too many @channel messages, there’s a way to turn those notifications off in this menu, which I find needs to be enabled when you’re in a ton of channels.

How to search for people and messages

Search is one of Slack’s best features and one you’re likely to use a lot. Everything that’s posted, by integrations or humans is indexed by Slack for quick retrieval later.

As you start typing in the search box, Slack suggests things you might like to search for, like a specific person or messages from people in a channel.

You can use several special words as ‘operators’ to narrow down your search. For example, searching for “after: yesterday” will find all messages sent today.


Slack recently added an inventive way to give feedback on someone’s message: emoji favs. Any message — even those from integrations and bots — can be emoji faved.

To add one, just hover over the message, click the cog that appears on the right and then ‘add a reaction.’ Pick something from the emoji selector, then bam, you’ve done your first emoji favorite!

Edit your Slack messages

Made a mistake? Everything in Slack can be edited. Just hover over your message, click the cog, then ‘edit’ to fix it up. An even faster way to edit is hitting the ‘up’ key on your keyboard to edit the last message you sent.

Set reminders

You can use Slack to remind you about anything, which is useful if you’re using it all day anyway.

For example, if you need to remind yourself to do the laundry, you can type /remind me in 30 minutes to do the laundry and Slack will privately remind you to do it.

Pinning messages

 If there’s something you need everyone in your channel to know about, or an important document for referencing, it can be pinned to a channel so it’s shown in the information menu. To pin a message, just hover over it, click the cog on the right, then choose “pin message.”

Don’t forget you pinned the message — it’ll stay there until you remove it.


If you want to quickly can reference a message later, right click on the time stamp in Slack to get a permanent URL or just click on it.


 Real talk: that default purple theme burns the eyes after a while. Luckily, you can change the colors that the app uses to your heart’s content.

In the preferences menu, select sidebar theme and choose from the handful that are provided, or press the “customize” option at the bottom to make your own.

There’s a handy site that makes themes available as hex codes.



For further Slack guides, please feel free to visit Slack’s Guide Link