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Take Control of Slack Basics: Chapter 8, Configure Notifications

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 8: Configure Notifications

Slack has a fine array of options to notify you about things that happen in channels and conversations. It also supports the notion of presence, a term for how you indicate your current status. In Slack, you’re informing both the system and your teammates what you’re up to. Slack adjusts how it contacts you depending on your presence, and people in your team can view your status to determine whether you’re available. It’s not perfect, nor as rich as in some other messaging systems, but presence is a key part of Slack interaction, so it’s worth mastering the nuances.

In this chapter, I’ll help you set up notifications so that you receive precisely the kind of visual indicators and alerts that match your needs, team by team and channel by channel.

I’ll begin with the straightforward process of specifying your availability, and then move on to how to Control Slack Notifications by channel and conversation, a more complex process that can be affected by your availability. The chapter ends with directions for overriding Slack’s notifications at the operating system level, in Control Slack Notifications Locally.

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