Organize conversations with custom sections

To help you prioritize your most important work, you can sort your channels, direct messages (DMs), and apps into custom sections within your sidebar. This allows you to organize your conversations in ways that are tailored to you — whether they’re sorted by projects, teams, or the type of work you’re doing.

Note: If you’re using the free version of Slack, read about ways to manage your sidebar preferences, or learn how to upgrade your workspace.

What to expect

  • The Starred section will appear the first time you star a channel or DM. If you remove this section, you can add it back by starring a channel or DM.
  • You can create custom sections on desktop. From the mobile app, you'll see the custom sections you've created and can move channels in and out of them.
  • In an Enterprise Grid organization, your custom sections will apply to all your workspaces. You’ll only see channels in custom sections if the channels have been added to the workspace you’re viewing them in.
  • Custom sections you create are only visible to you and won't affect what your teammates see in their sidebar.

Animated GIF of organizing custom sections on the Slack desktop app

 

Create custom sections

  1. From your desktop, hover over the Channels header in the left sidebar and click the three dots icon.
  2. Select Create new section.
  3. Type the name of your custom section, or select one of the suggestions.
  4. If you’d like, click the  smiley face icon to select an emoji to display beside your custom section.
  5. Click Create.


Move conversations to custom sections

Desktop

Mobile

After you’ve created custom sections, you can move channels and DMs in and out of them from either the sidebar or the conversation you’re viewing.

From the sidebar

  1. Right-click on the channel or DM you’d like to move.
  2. Hover over Move channel.
  3. Select a custom section from the list, or click Move to new section.


From the conversation you’re viewing

  1. Open the channel or DM you'd like to move.
  2. Hover over the right side of the  star icon beside the channel or member name(s).
  3. Click the  arrow icon.
  4. Select a custom section from the list, or click Move to new section.

Tip: Drag and drop a conversation to a section to quickly move it, or drag and drop a section to a new spot in your sidebar to reorder the list.

From the Slack app on iOS or Android, you can move channels in and out of custom sections you’ve created on your desktop.

Move a conversation to another section

  1. Open the channel or DM you'd like to move.
  2. Tap  Details in the top-right corner.
  3. Tap and hold the  star icon (or the emoji associated with the custom section) in the top right.
  4. Tap a custom section from the list.


Remove a conversation from a section

  1. Open the channel or DM you'd like to move.
  2. Tap  Details in the top-right corner.
  3. Tap the  star icon (or the emoji associated with the custom section) in the top right.


Rename or delete custom sections

  1. From your desktop, hover over a custom section name in the left sidebar.
  2. Click the  three dots icon.
  3. Select Rename [section name] or Delete [section name].


Manage how conversations display

By default, you’ll see every conversation in a custom section in your sidebar. To manage the channels and DMs you see in specific sections, use the steps below.

  1. From your desktop, hover over a custom section in the left sidebar.
  2. Click the  three dots icon.
  3. Select All your conversations or Unread conversations only. The preference you select will only apply to that section.

Tip: Click the   or  arrow icons to collapse or expand individual sections. Press Option (Mac) or Alt (Windows/Linux) and click any custom section in your sidebar to collapse or expand all sections at once.

Who can use this feature?
  • Members and guests
  • Standard, Plus and Enterprise Grid plans