The Slack experience for desktop

Slack is a single place for your team and for your work. To help you to get familiar with using the Slack app on your desktop, we’ll take you through a few important components. And if you use Slack on your iOS or Android smartphone, take a look at our guide for the Slack mobile experience.


1. Search 

Use the navigation bar at the top of Slack to find messages, files and people in your workspace. Type what you're looking for into the search field or click on the   arrows or  History to navigate to recently viewed conversations. 

2. The compose button

With the  compose button, you can send messages from anywhere in Slack: click on the compose button, start writing and choose where new messages should go. Messages will automatically save as drafts in the Drafts section of your left sidebar.

3. Sidebar preferences

At the top of your sidebar, you'll find a list of items that you can click on to quickly access key conversations and information. You'll see All unread, All DMs, Mentions & reactions and more. You can manage what appears in this sidebar list from your preferences.

4. Customised sections 

On the Standard, Plus and Enterprise Grid subscriptions, you can now organise your sidebar with customised sections. Sort items in ways that work best for you and keep track of your most important channels, direct messages and apps.