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Take Control of Slack Basics: Chapter 9, Search Effectively

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 9: Search Effectively

Because Slack works quite a bit like a message-based social network or instant messaging system, important information often scrolls off quickly in active channels and conversations.

Finding that information later has a high value, and this short chapter covers some important ground by detailing how to get the most out of Slack’s search feature. Unlike a typical search engine, Slack provides context around search results, making it easy to see the portion of the discussion in which they occur.

What Text Does Slack Search?

Slack’s powerful search finds matches for you throughout the available message archive, but only within your personal set of searchable content, which means:

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