Slack’s main 2023 redesign has been rolling out over the previous few months, so chances are high it is operating on most or your whole workspaces.
As with most redesigns, the brand new look was divisive, with customers complaining concerning the additional navigation layers and (at the least for some time) the lacking performance. Quick firm surveyed readers on LinkedIn this week and located that solely 17% of respondents stated they beloved it. The bulk had blended emotions, specifically 41%.
But it is not all dangerous. Over time, some modifications to Slack can really feel regular, and the redesign introduces some helpful new concepts for many who take the time to strive them out. Slack does not let customers revert to the outdated design, so that you may as properly get used to it. Listed here are the very best methods to try this:
Return the workspace swap
Slack’s redesign was initially an enormous step backwards for multi-workspace customers, because it eradicated the sidebar that allowed you to rapidly swap between totally different workspaces.
Luckily, Slack has absorbed the suggestions and restored the workspace switcher sidebar as an non-obligatory function. Hover over the stack of workspace icons, then click on “Present Workspace Switcher.” (You may as well toggle the sidebar by urgent Ctrl+Shift+S in Home windows or ⌘+Shift+S on a Mac.)
Discover options which were moved
The brand new Slack has shaken up some current options, so you will have a tough time discovering them at first. Listed here are the notable modifications:
- Your profile picture has been moved from high proper to backside left. Click on it to handle profile settings, preferences, notifications, and away standing.
- To see all information shared by means of your workspace, click on the Extra tab after which go to Your Group > Recordsdata.
- Slack’s Huddle audio and video chat function has been moved from the underside left nook to the highest proper nook of each channel or direct message. You may as well begin a brand new Huddle by clicking the + button within the backside left nook.
- Slack Apps have moved to a brand new “Automations” part, which you could find by clicking “Extra” within the sidebar menu.
- Slack Join, which helps you to chat with individuals exterior your workspace, is now within the “Extra” tab beneath “Exterior Connections.”
Take a look at DMs and feedback
The largest change in Slack’s redesign is the brand new sidebar, which has devoted tabs for DMs and Exercise. The previous shows an inventory of direct messages, whereas the latter exhibits all of your mentions, feedback, and thread responses.
Each tabs even have an additional useful function: hover your cursor over the DMs or Exercise buttons and you may see a pop-up together with your most up-to-date interactions. This fashion you may rapidly determine which of them want a response and which of them can wait.
Present solely unread messages
A welcome enchancment within the new Slack is a filter that exhibits solely unread messages and mentions. On the ‘DMs’ or ‘Exercise’ tab on the high, click on the ‘Unread’ swap. Mixed with the popup examples talked about above, it is a nice option to see simply the interactions you missed.
Use Slack in a number of home windows
Now you may open DMs, threads, channels, or canvases in their very own separate home windows. There are a number of methods to do that:
- Within the channel sidebar, right-click on a DM or channel, then choose “Open in new window.”
- Within the DMs tab, hover over a dialog and click on the double-pane icon.
- Whereas viewing a thread in a channel, click on the double-pane icon on the high.
- Whereas viewing a canvas, click on the ⋮ icon and choose ‘Open in new window’.
For those who nonetheless have some workspaces with the outdated design, they need to additionally assist Slack’s new window options.
Customise your themes
Shade themes aren’t a brand new function for Slack, however the redesign has some new choices, together with adjustable brightness ranges and a toggle for “darker sidebars.” There’s additionally a ‘Shock Me’ button if you wish to shake issues up with minimal effort. (The one draw back: There is no longer a coloration picker, you may solely select from the colours Slack supplies.)
To modify themes, click on in your profile image, go to Preferences and choose Themes from the sidebar menu.
Strive the ‘Later’ tab
As earlier than, it can save you any Slack message by highlighting it and clicking the bookmark icon. You may as well save information by clicking the button ⋮ icon and choose ‘Save for later’.
However now these bookmarks are simpler to make use of through the ‘Later’ tab within the sidebar. Whereas the outdated design would take you out of the Later menu while you clicked on an merchandise, the brand new model affords a split-screen view of saved gadgets on the left and content material previews on the proper. That makes the Later menu extra helpful for monitoring necessary messages and addressing them rapidly when time permits.
Set sidebar filters
Whereas customization is not a brand new function in Slack’s channel view, it is now a lot simpler to arrange. Simply click on the filter button on the high after which select between viewing all channels, simply the unread channels, or simply the channels the place you are listed.
Even higher, select ‘Customized by Part’ and you may set totally different filtering choices for starred conversations, channels, and DMs. Click on the small dropdown subsequent to every part, then choose “View & Type” to vary the filter choices.
That is particularly helpful for tidying up your sidebar in noisy Slack workspaces. For instance, you may all the time present the channels in your starred checklist within the sidebar, whereas hiding all different channels except they point out you. Having all of those choices at your fingertips is probably the very best and most underrated function of the redesign.