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Slack Tips and Tricks For 2020

Slack Tips and Tricks For 2020

Slack is more popular than ever. We love it at Droplr, too. While Slack is straightforward enough, there are a number of tips and tricks that can improve your Slack experience and help you adjust the platform to your needs. 

Slack can help change the way your team communicates together, especially if you’re part of a remote team. Slack lets you communicate through channels and direct messages and is a fast way to communicate when comparing it to more traditional pathways like email. Combined with some of the slack shortcuts we mention below and Slack’s many integrations, you can use the productivity tool to change the way you share information with other users.

Here are our favorite Slack hacks and tips and tricks. 

Slack Cheat Sheet

Star What’s Important 

Keeping up with Slack’s channels, threads, and direct messages can cause overwhelm, especially if you’re a part of a larger team. Use Slack’s star message feature to star channels, messages, and files as important. When you star a channel, it will move to the top of your channel list. Starring messages and files will put them on a “starred” list which can be accessed via clicking ‘saved’ on the left hand column.

Customize Your Channel List 

Chances are, you don’t need to see every channel in Slack. Customize your channel list to show only the channels you are a part of or use frequently. Here’s how: 

See What You Missed

Don’t waste time each morning scrolling through Slack to see what you’ve missed. Simply click “All Unreads” in the sidebar to get all caught up. You can also prioritize your unread messages alphabetically, by newest or oldest activity, or by how you use Slack. 

Customize Your Notifications 

How often do you want Slack to notify you? By default, Slack will send notifications when you’re mentioned, receive a direct mention, or keywords are triggered. You can adjust those notifications to fit your needs and personal preferences. 

Learn more about how to further customize your Slack notifications here

Use Keyboard Shortcuts 

We all love a good copy paste shortcut and Slack has a number of keyboard shortcuts that allows users to quickly perform an action. With the Slack app open on your desktop, use the below keys to see all of Slack’s keyboard shortcuts. 

You can use Slack keyboard shortcuts to switch between channels and direct messages, navigate, navigate unread conversations, mark messages as unread, and return to a previous channel. 

Set Up Slack For Your Workday

Strike a work/life balance by setting your Slack notifications to work when you do. You can set notifications to turn off at the end of the work day. You can also adjust your time zone so international teammates know your local time and edit your profile so your team knows your work schedule. You can even pause notifications during lunchtimes or coffee breaks. Learn how to adjust your settings here

Put Your Out of Office Up

Going on vacation? Turn off your notifications and set a custom status to let everyone know you’re out of office. You can even include an emoji to indicate you’re in a tropical paradise or a foreign land. Before you leave the office, use Slack’s reminder feature to make yourself an ‘upon return’ to-do list. 

Connect Droplr to Slack

Slack integrates with a number of third party tools, including Droplr. Use Droplr to share and preview screenshots and screen recordings  directly in Slack. Read why our Slack integration is the best here

See Slack + Droplr in action: 

Use Slackbot for Help 

Not sure how to do something in Slack? Ask Slackbot, Slack’s chat robot. If it doesn’t know the answer, it will refer you to articles in Slack’s Help Center. You and your teammates can also teach Slackbot custom responses to certain phrases and keywords. Slackbot will also be the “one” that reminds you when you set reminders and alerts. 

There are a myriad of tips and tricks to make Slack work for you. Try out a few and figure out what works for you.

Using Slack in the Workplace

Slack is a great tool for anyone looking for a replacement for traditional workplace communication pathways like email. Slack offers teams a number of features and add-ons to help personalize their online workplace. Integrations like those with Droplr can help you quickly share and exchange information. Make sure to check out Slack and see how it can save you time and speed up work processes.

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