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Although most discussions in Slack happen in
channels, direct messages work well for one-off conversations that don't require an entire channel to weigh in. Direct messages (DMs) are smaller conversations outside of a channel, between you and up to eight other people.
Access your direct messages
Like channels, your direct messages are listed in your left sidebar. You’ll see your most recent DMs below
Direct messages by default. Keep in mind that your sidebar preferences may affect which DM conversations are visible. If you don’t see the direct message you’re looking for, there are a few ways to access it:
Use the keyboard shortcut
⌘ Shift K (Mac) or Ctrl Shift K (Windows/Linux) to find or start a DM conversation. Click a direct message listed in your left sidebar to open the conversation.
Home tab, you'll see your most recent DMs listed below
Direct messages. To see all your DM conversations, tap
DMs tab. Scroll through your DMs and tap one to open it, or you can type someone’s name in the Jump to… field to quickly open a conversation.
Send direct messages
Sending a direct message is just like creating any other message in Slack:
Compose button. Type a message in the message field of any direct message.
Read more about
writing and sending messages in Slack.
Invite more people to a group direct message
If you need to add others to a conversation, you can invite them from an existing group DM. Adding someone new will start a new direct message without the previous conversation’s history.
From a group direct message, click
Details in the top right. Click
Invite. Search for the person that you'd like to invite, then click their name.
Go to create a new direct message.
From a group direct message, click
Details in the top right. Tap
Add people. Find the people that you want to add and tap their names.
Next to create a new group DM.
Tip: If you need to add several people to a conversation, or if you’d like to preserve the message history of your DM, you can convert a direct message to a private channel instead.
Use your personal direct message
In Slack, your personal direct message is a lot like a notepad. Record notes and ideas or use this space for whatever you might need.
Direct messages in your left sidebar. Click your name in the list, or click the
plus icon to start a new message to yourself.
From either the
Home or DMs tab, tap Jump to... Type your name.
Tap your name to start a new message to yourself.