Instant messaging platforms, such as Slack, have made communicating in the workplace much easier. Even if we work in the same office as our team members, it’s not uncommon to depend on instant messaging platforms to communicate with one another.
Share images or documents, comment in threads to keep conversations organized, integrate tools, message or voice call coworkers individually, tag your coworkers, update your status, and more. To get the most out of Slack, it’s beneficial to know how to convert a Slack channel from private to public.
Creating a Slack channel is a great way to cultivate a collaborative and healthy work environment, and to stay connected with your team members throughout the workday. Anyone who works closely with a team knows working well with your team requires clear and open communication. To keep everyone in the loop, and ensure everyone has access to pertinent information, consider creating a public channel, or converting a Slack channel from private to public. It’s important to note that if you’ve changed a public Slack channel to private, it cannot be changed back to a public channel.
So let’s start with the basics: creating a Slack channel. Open your Slack messenger, click the plus sign next to channels to create a new one. This will take you to a new window of options. Fill out the information. Choose a name that is clear. You can choose to either make it private or make it public. If you make it private, you cannot convert a Slack channel from private to public.
If you’ve created a private channel and you want to convert it to a public channel, only Workspace Owners/Admins and Org Owners/Admins can convert a channel to private to public. It’s also important to note that they'll need to be a member of the Slack channel to convert the channel from private to public. If you're not an Owner or Admin, contact one for help.
Slack’s mission is to make work-life simpler, more pleasant, and more productive. This is exactly why Slack offers a variety of options to customize your Slack account. Now that you know how how to convert a Slack channel from private to public, you can customize your channel accordingly. Choosing which Slacks channel are private, and which ones are public, can help you streamline your workflow and remain connected with your team.
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