Join Gini von Courter for an in-depth discussion in this video Uploading files, part of Learning Slack.
- In this movie and those that immediately follow, we're going to be working with files. I'll show you how to upload files and how to share files. But first, let's talk about some limits. Currently, the file size limit for uploading is one gigabyte, so if your file is larger than that, you can't upload it. But there are other limits, as well. If your team is using a Free Slack plan, then, in total, there are only five gigabytes of storage available for your team. If you're using the Standard plan, which is the most affordable of the paid plans, then each member of the team gets 10 gigabytes of storage.
And if you're using a plan beyond Standard, like the Plus plan, you get 20 gigabytes per team member. You can also buy more storage, if you wish. One alternative to storing everything in Slack, is to store in Box, or Dropbox, or some other cloud storage, and integrate it with Slack. And I wanna tell you that, at this point, because if you're thinking, oh, OK, we're gonna take all of our stuff out of Box and put it here, not the best plan, because we can integrate Box, and then you're not storing your information directly in Slack.
So, with that in mind, let me show you several ways that you can upload files. If I'm going to write a message about a particular file, then I can just upload that file directly with my message. So, I'm going to note that you have a new jpeg available for use with Solar presentations and banners. And notice, I'm going to just upload a file here, the file's on my Desktop, in my KinetEco Files folder, and this is for solar, and we are now using solar panels & blue sky.
I'm sharing this message and this file in general, so it's available to everyone. Notice that the text of my message is added as an optional comment, and I'm going to upload this. Notice, there's a progress bar across the top of the screen. We're gonna wait while that completes, and we have this jpeg available. It can be downloaded. I can open the original so that I can see it. It's stored in my Files, Slack.com Files.
So there it is. Second way: I can open up my Files, and now I'd like to be able to add another file, and this is the one that we're using for Wind systems, right here. Notice, as I drag it, I can drop it right into the Slack window. And this is the new jpeg for use with Wind presentations and banners. And remember that I can share this anywhere.
I can share this on a specific channel. I'm intentionally sharing it company-wide, so I'm putting it into general, but I could direct-message someone. I can share it with Slackbot, which is sharing it with myself, or I can share it with a private group. And we will upload that, and here it comes. And we're not going to wait around for this one, because we know exactly how it works. I'm going to begin talking about our third method. So, if I am working on a Mac, I can select an image, copy it, and I can paste it directly into the message box.
And this will work in Windows with some versions of Windows and some browsers. So, that's the third method, is to copy an image, and just paste directly here. Now, I've been doing this with images, but I could do this with any kind of a file I wish. So, if I wanna upload a file, I just go grab it. I'd like to upload the branding story, and I'm going to open it, share it generally, and this is a draft, actually. And I'm going to upload that, and here it comes.
So, where do I find all of my files? That's really pretty cool. I'm in general, and if I click, I can choose All Files, and I'm seeing all the files that have been posted to general. I can then find them by All File Types, Posts, only Images, and so on. So, here are the images that have been uploaded. All I need to do is open the flex pane window, and I can look at images that I uploaded, all of the files, and so on.
When I'm done, I can close the flex pane.
- Creating a Slack team
- Editing your profile
- Writing and replying to messages
- Sharing links and files
- Joining channels and groups
- Creating posts and text snippets
- Sharing files
- Finding conversations and files in Slack
- Integrating Slack with Box, Dropbox, Twitter, and Google Calendar
- Setting preferences
- Using the Slack mobile app
- Configuring team roles and permissions