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Top 10 Slack features that could improve your work

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There is no doubt that Slack is one of the hottest real-time messaging apps.  Many of you probably use it at work every day.  But did you know most people only use 20% of Slack’s capabilities? Here are 10 features that could improve your work.

 

#1 INTEGRATION

Slack - top apps

Slack allows you to integrate messaging with other services and applications. For example, you can integrate your Slack with Twitter, to keep following your favorite accounts. Or you can integrate Google Hangouts, if you need video conferencing at your work (from December 2016  you can also use  Slack Video Calls instead). All integration option are available here: slack.com/services

#2 THREADED MESSAGING

Slack Threads

With Threads, you can branch off and have discussions around a particular message without having to skip to a different channel or direct messages. If you want to follow up part of any message you can kick off a detailed discussion on that particular topic by hovering over the message and clicking Start a thread. The right sidebar in Slack will open, and you can add your reply.

Create snippet

#3 QUICK SWITCHER

Quick switcher

You can simply change one conversation/channel/group to the other just by using the quick switcher.To switch just press Ctrl+K or click the search button bellow  Direct Messages.

Quick switcher button

#4 SNIPPET

Snippet post

This is a practical feature which allows you to share bits of code or text with your team.

It’s really easy to create. Click the “+ button next to the Slack message box. Then create a snippet – enter a title, select the file type from the menu and upload your code or text. When you’re finished, click Create Snippet.

You can also share your Snippet outside the Slack, just select “Create external link” in the More actions menu.

External link

#5 SLACKBOT

Did you know, that the Slackbot can be your private full-time assistant? There are lots of things Slackbot can help you with. Here are some examples.

You can ask Slackbot to remind you about your tasks. Simply enter /remind into the text box. If you want to schedule a reminder for a specific time enter it into text box too (for example –  in 5 minutes) or set a date using the MM/DD/YYYY format.

slackbot reminder

If your Team Admin has enabled automatic responses, you can add them to your Slackbot via  Customize Your Team. You can add unique words or phrases that  Slackbot will use to respond to your team members.There are plenty of work-related uses for this – add a custom response for your office Wi-Fi password, or use this feature to have some fun if you like to.

#6 ADVANCED SEARCH

You can find exactly what you need without wasting any time.

Search Slack for

#7 /collapse & /expand COMMANDS

By using these commands you can simply collapse files and expand them when you need. It’s very useful, especially, when your co-workers send you too many videos or GIFs.

collapse slack

#8 /away COMMAND

You can toggle between statuses using the /away command. If you have to step away from your computer – make it clear for your coworkers and change your status for /away.

away slack

#9 HIGHLIGHT WORDS

To get notified when someone mentions phrase or word, adjust your settings to enable custom notifications. How can you set the highlighted words? Just select your name on the left corner, then click “Preferences” from the menu. Next, select “Notification settings” and scroll down to “Highlight Words”. Highlight Words SlackIn the text box you can add phrases and words which when mentioned will send you notification.

Highlight Words Slack

#10 /msg COMMAND

If you want to send quick private message to your coworker, no need to drop the current conversation. Use the following command to quickly open private message /msg @user [your message]. It takes much less time then open the Direct Message conversation.

 

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