Join Gini von Courter for an in-depth discussion in this video Create a new channel, part of Learning Slack.
- [Instructor] I'm going to create a new public channel and remember, I can see every public channel in this workspace because they're public. I'd like to create a public channel for installs because our installers need someplace to be able to discuss the installations that they're doing. That does not already exist, I'm going to call it installs. I don't need to type the hash, it's already there for me and this is conversations about current installations.
Now I'm actually going to invite a couple of people. I'm going to invite Rob Molina, and I'm going to invite Ronnie and I think that's probably good for now. Tab out of here, I can select up to 1,000 people to add to this channel, and I'm going to create the channel. Others in the workspace can join from the channel list, I can invite other people now, and if you're creating a lot of channels you might want to click this checkbox, so you're not reminded about what you just did any longer.
Now, if I want to create a private channel, it really works the same way, I click plus, and instead of choosing public, I click the toggle and now I have a private channel, notice the icon of the lock rather than the hash? And I can create the next budget year, which is 2021 and this is preliminary work, on the out year budget.
Now I'll change that as we get one year closer because it won't be the out year anymore and I want to invite Charles to be part of this conversation and Griffin, and Lisa Marlee, notice invitation pending. Lisa hasn't joined yet that's good for me to know, probably Sally Kerner for sure because Sally's our CFO and that's where we're going to start.
I'm going to create this channel. Notice that this channel can be joined or viewed only by invitation, and here's budget 2021, and budget 2020. Now if I'm creating a private channel, it's possible that I will be told that that name can't be used because every name has to be unique. Watch what happens if I try to create for example, a public channel called budget 2021? It's already taken by a channel, username, or user group.
This gives us a clue that I can't name a channel a user's name, or a group name, which we haven't talked about yet. Because group names are only available for paid plans, but if you see that a name has already been taken and it's not a public channel then the odds are good that it is a private channel and you need to choose a different name. What else would we like to know about how names work when we create channels? First you have only 21 characters to name your channel.
That's actually a fair number of characters, those characters can't be uppercase, it's not case sensitive so channel names are always in lowercase. You can use a dash as opposed to using a space, and you can't name a channel for a name that already exists. Or, for the common Slack features. So for example, you can't have a channel that is named channels, create, all, edit, everyone.
Because these are reserved words. So if I tried to name a channel, for example all and I tab, it will let me try until the point where I actually go to create it, and then it will say you can't do that. So if you need the list of reserved words when you're creating channels you can search for that in Slack just say Slack reserved names and it will let you know what names can't be used in other places. It's possible that your organization has a naming convention and if it does you should ask about it.
It would be nice if that was at the top of the general channel for example, here's our naming convention. You might search for it within Slack and see if you can find it, but it's not uncommon. Because, Slack works best when everyone understands how channels are named. So you might have for each department, a channel. For example, accounting, manufacturing, research, installs in our case. You can also use prefixes that are very helpful.
So for example, if we had a project to move our office I could call this officemove, I could call this office-move, or I could call it proj-office-move if it is a formal project. Now if I simply call it office-move and people have questions about office-move. I could set up a faq-office-move.
I can have faq-installs, faq-benefits, faq-onboarding faq anything I'd like. Other common prefixes include the prefix p-r-o-j for project, h-e-l-p, help- for help and I'll use those prefixes with existing efforts or existing channels. So if we had questions and people wanted to know about installs I could do faq-installs because I already have an installs channel.
And the purpose of this is, and I'm going to uppercase the F in Frequently and create a channel. Now if I wanna invite specific people to this I can, but remember it's public anybody can join who wishes to join.
- Identify how to login to Slack workspaces.
- Distinguish different types of Slack channels.
- Describe methods of setting your status.
- Explain uses of different types of channels and Slack communications.
- Choose the best way to communicate across the company.
- Describe where communications are stored in Slack.
- Explain the relationship between messaging and channels.
- Compare and contrast storage methods in Slack and storage apps.
- Identify workspace creation and configuration tasks.