One of the essentials of a good team messaging system is being able to find previous messages. “What did my boss tell me to do yesterday?” “Where’s that link my coworker posted?” “Who posted that file I need for my report?” are all common tasks made easy when you understand Slack search.
Slack offers a powerful array of search capabilities, and in the serialized “Take Control of Slack Basics” book, Glenn Fleishman walks you through all of them in Chapter 9, “Search Effectively.” He explains where Slack can search, how to build effective search queries, and how to view results in context. You’ll learn the best ways to refine searches to be more precise, limiting your queries by date, finding messages from specific people, and even searching for messages with links or tagged with stars and emoji.
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The full ebook of “Take Control of Slack Basics” will be available for purchase by everyone in PDF, EPUB, and Mobipocket (Kindle) formats once it’s complete, along with the administrator-focused “Take Control of Slack Admin.” We’re also planning to make the final books available as discounted bulk buys for entire Slack teams, so if you’re interested in that, let us know.