Create channel prefixes for your workspace

Help promote organisation and consistency in Slack by creating a set of standard channel prefixes. Adding prefixes to channel names can help members to determine where relevant work is happening and find answers to questions more quickly.

 

Understand channel prefixes

Things to keep in mind

  • When creating channels, members will be able to choose from their workspace's customised list of channel prefixes or create their own unique channel names.
  • Channel prefixes can only be used when creating channels from Slack on your desktop.
  • It's not currently possible to edit channel prefixes that you've created.

Default prefixes

Slack offers three default channel prefixes – #help#proj and #team. When managing prefixes, workspace owners and admins can choose one of these options: 

  • Use Slack's default prefixes
  • Add your own customised prefixes in addition to, or instead of, the defaults
  • Remove the default prefixes entirely and don't add customised ones

Prefix limits

Workspaces on the Free subscription can have up to six prefixes, while Standard and Plus workspaces can have up to 99. Each workspace in an Enterprise Grid org can have up to 99 prefixes.

 

Create channel prefixes

  1. From your desktop, click your workspace name in the top left.
  2. Select Settings & administration, then Customise [workspace name]
  3. Click Channel prefixes at the top of the page.
  4. Click on Add prefix
  5. Enter a prefix and a description to tell members how it can be used.
  6. Click on Save

 

Delete channel prefixes

  1. From your desktop, click your workspace name in the top left.
  2. Select Settings & administration, then Customise [workspace name].
  3. Click Channel prefixes at the top of the page.
  4. Click on the  icon next to the prefix that you want to remove. 

Tip: If you delete a prefix and replace it with another one, ask members to rename any channels created with the old prefix. These channels won't update automatically.

Who can use this feature?
  • Workspace owners and workspace admins
  • Free, Standard, Plus and Enterprise Grid subscriptions