The new Slack experience for desktop

We’re introducing a simpler, more organized Slack experience. Learn how we’ve made it easier for anyone to use Slack, tailor it to their work, and get more done.

Search and navigate between conversations

Screenshot of a Slack workspace with the top navigation bar highlighted

A new navigation bar at the top of your workspace makes it easier to find the messages, files, and people you’re looking for, from anywhere in Slack. In the desktop app, you can click the arrows or  History to quickly navigate to your recently viewed conversations, or start a new search.

Find key information in sidebar pages

Screenshot of a Slack workspace with the sidebar highlighted

New pages at the top of your sidebar make it easier to access key conversations and information when you need them. You’ll see your Mentions & reactions, Saved items, People, Files, and a few others.

Write messages from anywhere in Slack

Screenshot of a Slack workspace with the compose button highlighted

With the new  compose button, it's easier to send messages from anywhere in Slack. Start writing and choose where new messages should go with the click of a button. Messages will automatically save as drafts in the new  Drafts section of your left sidebar.

Organize conversations with custom sections

Screenshot of a Slack workspace with custom sections in the sidebar highlighted

On the Standard, Plus, and Enterprise Grid plans, you can now organize your sidebar with custom sections. Sort items in ways that work best for you, and keep track of your most important channels, direct messages, and apps.

Take quick actions with the shortcuts menu

Screenshot of a Slack workspace with the shortcuts menu highlighted

Several tools you use every day in Slack — like reminders, posts, calls, and apps — have moved to a new shortcuts menu that you can access from anywhere in Slack. Click the  lightning bolt icon to the left of the message field to get started.

What's next?

Check out the new Slack desktop experience for yourself! And stay tuned for updates to Slack for iOS and Android coming soon.

Tip: Visit our blog to learn more about the simpler, more organized Slack.