Getting started for new Slack users

A Slack workspace is a single place for your team and your work. If you’ve recently joined one, this guide will help you get set up in Slack so that you can get started. Before you dive in, make sure that you’ve downloaded the desktop app and you’re able to sign in to your workspace.

1. Fill in your profile

Your profile will help the others you work with in Slack know who you are.

  1. From your desktop, click the default profile picture in the top right.
  2. Click Profile from the menu, then click Edit profile.  
  3. Let people know what you do and add a profile photo.
  4. Click Save changes.Profile in Slack with fields for full name, display name and job description

2. Configure your notifications

Your notifications in Slack will alert you of activity in your workspace. You can decide what messages will trigger notifications for you and set other details from your preferences.

  1. From your desktop, click on your profile picture in the top right. 
  2. Select Preferences from the menu to open your notification preferences.
  3. Choose the activity that you’d like to get notified about, then configure any additional notification preferences that you’d like.Notifications preference options for messages in Slack

Visit Configure your Slack notifications to learn about all of the available notification preferences in Slack.

3. Learn how to send messages

In Slack, you can send messages to other people that you work with. If you need to communicate with a group of people, send a message in a channel. To have a one-to-one conversation with someone, send them a direct message.

To start a new message, click the  compose button in the top left.Compose screen where you can send a new message to a Slack channel

Visit Find and start conversations in Slack to learn more about sending messages. 

Note: If you’ve been invited to a workspace as a guest, you can only send messages in channels that you have access to, and DM people in the same channels as you.

4. Learn about other Slack features

Now that you’re set up in Slack, you’re ready to get started and explore other features.