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Take Control of Slack Basics: Chapter 5, Go Beyond Basic Messages

This article is a pre-release chapter in the upcoming “Take Control of Slack Basics,” by Glenn Fleishman, scheduled for public release later in 2016. Apart from Chapter 1, Introducing Slack, Chapter 2, Get Started with Slack, and Chapter 12, Start a Slack Team, these chapters are available only to TidBITS members; see “Take Control of Slack Basics” Serialized in TidBITS for details.


Chapter 5: Go Beyond Basic Messages

Now that you know the basics of messaging in Slack, it’s time to look at more sophisticated options: message attachments and two special kinds of text you can insert via the Messages field: snippets and posts. In Insert Snippets, I discuss how to insert structured text such as color-coded programming code or Markdown, and in Create Posts, I look at posts, which are essentially documents that can be commented on and edited by other people.

Finally, for those times when only a voice conversation will do, I talk about how to Place Calls, a feature that works somewhat differently from Slack’s usual approach.

Work with Attachments

With its treatment of attachments, Slack moves beyond being just a messaging tool to also being a simple file server. By attachments, I mean files that any team member brings into the team, either privately just for themselves or more publicly in a channel or group conversation.

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