Understand your actions in Slack

In Slack, work happens in channels and direct messages (DMs). You can send messages and filessave messages and files to bookmark them, pin important messages to conversations and mention other people to get their attention. Keep reading to learn more about how these features work.


Send messages and files

Action

What happens

Send a message in a channel

All members with access to the channel will be able to read your message.

Send a message in a private channel

Only members who have been invited to the channel will be able to read your message.

Send a DM to a member or a group of members

The member(s) will be notified.


Pin and save items

Action

What happens

Pin an item to a channel or DM

All members with access to the conversation can see messages and files that you or other members have pinned.

Save an item from a channel or direct message

Only you can see messages and files that you’ve saved.


Mention teammates

Action

What happens

@mention someone in a channel

The member(s) will be notified.

@mention someone not in the channel

The member(s) won’t be notified, but you'll have the option to invite them to the channel or do nothing.

@mention someone not in a direct message

The member(s) won't be notified or allowed to join the conversation.


Link channel names

Action

What happens

Send a message with a hashtag and channel name
(e.g. #channel)

The channel’s name will appear linked in blue. All members with access can click the channel’s name to open it.

Send a message with a hashtag and private channel name
(e.g. #privatechannel)

The private channel’s name won’t appear linked in blue, and members can’t click the channel’s name to open it.

 

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