Set your sidebar preferences

Your left sidebar in Slack is an access point for different parts of your workspace. There are a number of preferences that you can set to tailor how your sidebar is organised.

Tip: On paid subscriptions, you can add custom sections to your sidebar.


Customise the top of your sidebar

At the top of your sidebar is a list of items to help you quickly browse your Slack workspace. You can customise this list from your preferences:

  1. From your desktop, click on your profile picture in the top right.
  2. Select Preferences from the menu.
  3. Click on Sidebar in the left-hand column.
  4. Under Always show in the sidebar, tick or untick the boxes next to the sidebar items that you’d like to show or hide.

List of items at the top of the left sidebar in Slack

Note: Items at the top of your sidebar are revealed as you interact with different features in Slack, so if you're brand new, you may not see all of them straight away. Click  More to see any hidden options.

 

Choose which conversations to show

By default, your sidebar will show all the channels that you’ve joined and the direct messages (DMs) that you use the most. If you like, you can choose to show unread conversations only:

  1. From your desktop, click on your profile picture in the top right.
  2. Select Preferences from the menu.
  3. Click on Sidebar in the left-hand column.
  4. Under Show, choose either All your conversations or Unread conversations only.

Tip: On the Pro, Business+ and Enterprise Grid subscriptions, you can manage this preference for each section in your sidebar. Right-click on the section name, then hover over Show to select an option.


Sort your conversations

You can sort conversations in your sidebar alphabetically or by recent activity. On the Pro, Business+ and Enterprise Grid subscriptions, you can also sort your conversations by priority, to list the ones that you use most at the top.

  1. From your desktop, click on your profile picture in the top right.
  2. Select Preferences from the menu.
  3. Click on Sidebar in the left-hand column.
  4. Under Sort, choose your sorting preference.

Tip: On the Pro, Business+ and Enterprise Grid subscriptions, you can manage this preference for each section in your sidebar. Right-click on the section name, then hover over Sort to select an option.


Show or hide profile photos

By default, peoples’ profile photos will appear next to direct messages (DMs) in your sidebar. If you like, you can adjust this preference:

  1. From your desktop, click on your profile picture in the top right.
  2. Select Preferences from the menu.
  3. Click on Sidebar in the left-hand column.
  4. Tick or untick the boxes next to Show profile photos next to DMs.


List private channels separately

By default, all channels will be listed together in your sidebar. If you like, you can choose to list private channels separately from public channels:

  1. From your desktop, click on your profile picture in the top right.
  2. Select Preferences from the menu.
  3. Click on Sidebar in the left-hand column.
  4. Tick or untick the boxes next to List private channels separately.


Adjust your sidebar width

You can adjust the width of your sidebar to make it wider or narrower or collapse it:

  • Click and drag the edge of your sidebar to adjust it to your preferred width.
  • Press ShiftD (Mac) or CtrlShiftD (Windows/Linux) to collapse or reopen the sidebar.
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