Slack Overview


A high-level overview of installing Slack for desktop and the basic functions of the Slack application



πŸ†•Slack at U-MD is a collaboration tool that enhances workgroup communications. It provides a searchable platform for individuals and groups to chat in real-time, share content, and keep conversations organized and accessible from anywhere, anytime. 

For more details on Slack access, features, and security for sensitive data, please see the Slack at U-M page

πŸ”—Download the desktop app


From the sidebar, you can access the channels you've joined, open your direct messages, view activity that might need your attention, and see a list of your saved items and reminders.



  1. 🏠Home is where you'll access your conversations, including channels. Choose the conversations you're part of by joining and leaving channels, and customize what you see in your sidebar by adjusting your preferences.

  1. πŸ’¬ DMs is a list of all your direct messages (DMs) that you can search and filter. Use DMs for one-off conversations that don't require an entire channel of people to weigh in, or as a way to start a   huddle with a coworker when it’s easier to talk than type.

  1. πŸ””Activity is a single view of everything that might need your attention. See messages you’ve been mentioned in, threads you’re part of, and reactions to messages you’ve sent.

  1. πŸ”– Later is where you’ll find messages and files you’ve saved for later and reminders you’ve set. Prioritize tasks and enjoy the satisfaction of marking items as complete.



Channels are fundamental to working in Slack — they bring the right people and information together in one place, and make it possible to organize work around a common purpose.



  1. Channel Header Click the channel name to see details about the channel you’re in, like the channel topic and description, and files shared in the channel. You can also start a 🎧  huddle and open the channel’s πŸ—’  canvas.

  1. Messages & Files Channels provide a dedicated space to write messages and add files. With everything related to a particular topic, project, or team in channels, you can scroll up to see the conversation history any time you open or join one.

  1. Emoji Reactions πŸ™‚ Emoji reactions are a quick way to respond to any message in Slack. They're both fun and helpful for getting work done — a simple reaction can often replace the need for a follow-up message.


Message Field 

When working in Slack, you have a variety of options available from the message field to help you communicate and connect with your team.



  1. Files Double-click the βž•  plus icon to add files so you can share important information alongside your team's discussions.

  1. Formatting Format your messages to add a little clarity or pizzazz — bold the most important items, break out thoughts with bullet points, and more.

  1. Mentions Use @ mentions to get the attention of specific people in a conversation, whether you need to ask for feedback or follow up on action items.

  1. More Actions From the more actions menu, you can correct or delete a message you’ve already sent.


Search, Plus, & Profile 


Use the search bar to find something in Slack, the plus button to create something new, and click your profile picture to manage your profile and preferences.


  1. Search Bar: Click the search bar to search your team’s conversation history in Slack and find messages, files, channels, and people you need to get work done.

  1. Plus Button: Use the βž•  plus button to quickly create ✍️  messages, 🎧  huddles, πŸ—’  canvases, and #️⃣ channels.

  1. Your Profile: Click your profile image to set your status, pause your notifications, manage your preferences, and more.



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