Slack can be chaotic. There is a good chance that you often need to remember and take action for messages in channels, replies to threads and instant messages. Take advantage of these Slack features to avoid forgetting the important messages.
This is especially convenient when you want to switch between devices ̵1; for example, if you read an important message on your phone and want to take action when you get to a computer. It is also useful when you want to add a message at the moment and review it in the future.
Use Slack’s reminders
When you want to be reminded of a message later, set a reminder. To do this, hold the mouse pointer over a message in Slack with the mouse, click on the “More actions” button that looks like three dots, tap on “Remind me of this” and select a time.
In the Slack app for iPhone, iPad and Android, long press on a message and press “Remind me” in the list to select a time.
For example, if you want to visit a message tomorrow, select “Tomorrow.” If you know you have time to deal with it in an hour, select “In 1 hour.”
When the time comes, Slackbot will send an instant message with your reminder and you will receive a message. If you do not want to manage the reminder immediately, you can use the “Snooze” box to reschedule the reminder for later. Slackbot sends a new instant message with the reminder at your scheduled time.
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Save important messages
Do you want to review important messages later? Instead of setting reminders, “save” them. To do this, hover over a message in Slack and click the “Save” icon. In the Slack mobile app, long press on a message and press “Save”.
To access saved items later, click “Saved Items” near the upper left corner of the Slack window. You may need to click “Show more” to see it. In the Slack mobile app, click the “You” icon at the bottom of the screen and then “Saved Items.”
Saved items are easier to review later than items that you have set reminders for. But Slack does not automatically remind you of your saved items – you must remember to review them manually.
Check your mentions and threads
To avoid losing important messages you mentioned in, check your mentions in Slack. Click “Mention and Reactions” at the top left of the Slack window to see messages you mentioned in. If you missed any of these, you can review them.
In the Slack mobile app, click on “Mention” at the bottom of the screen to see them.
Slack also shows messages that others responded to – for example, if you sent a message to someone and they responded with a thumbs-up emoji, you see it here.
If you use threads in Slack, you can also quickly look for new messages in your threads by clicking on “Threads” at the top left of the Slack window.
In the Slack mobile app, click the “Home” icon at the bottom of the screen and tap “Threads” near the top of the screen.
Send messages to apps like Trello
You can set shortcuts in Slack to easily send messages to other applications. For example, you can send a message to a project management tool like Trello or create a calendar event based on a message in an app like Google Calendar.
Hold the mouse pointer over a message, click the “More options” button (…) and look for a shortcut at the bottom of the list. Click “Get more shortcuts” to install shortcuts for your favorite programs.
In the mobile app, long press on a message and scroll to the bottom of the list to see shortcuts that you have installed.
Use Slacks Reacji channel
Slack created an official tool called Reacji Channeler that makes it easy to send messages to another channel. When you add an emoji response (a “reacji”) to a message, Slack can automatically send messages with specific emoji to specific channels.
For example, let’s say you often need to send emails based on certain messages. You can set Slack so that when you respond with the 📧 emojis, Slack will send the message to a “#to-email” channel. You can then review these messages later.
You can set several emoji to send messages to different channels. You may just want to keep track of positive feedback, funny jokes or good ideas and gather them in one place to share them with your team.
Do you want something different? You can even add your own custom emoji to Slack and use them!
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