Sharing messages in Slack

Highlight previous ideas, rekindle conversations, and communicate with aplomb

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Today we launched the Share button, a new feature that makes it easier to share messages in Slack. No more need to copy a link in one channel and paste it in another. Indeed, your team members will see a copy of the message, alongside your optional comment, without the presence of any fussy URLs.

 

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Linda sharing breaking news from another channel

 

To share a message, simply click the Share button. A window will appear, inviting you to comment on the message you’d like to share, along with a preview of the message itself.

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Belgian chocolates = very share-worthy announcement

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It would be tragic for these to go uneaten.

 

You can share public channel messages anywhere within your Slack team, while private channel messages or DMs can only be shared within those channels themselves. Never fear: the Share button isn’t designed to share your favorite messages from Slack out to the greater web, but rather, to share exclusively within your own team.

 

The best times to share

The Share button comes in handy when you want to refer back to important messages — for example, an announcement of new sales goals, a change in the product roadmap, or news of an employee’s promotion.

A few other likely scenarios:

  • Someone posts a summary report deep in a project channel — you could share it in a general announcement channel so more people see it.
  • If you have a read-only channel collecting automated reports from integrated apps or custom bots, the Share button is a perfect way to start a discussion in a separate (more conversational) channel.
  • Sometimes conversations start vigorously but end without resolution. Hit the Share button to remind team members of a dangling question or issue.

Sharing is also a great way to give credit for people’s original ideas. It’s an easy way to say, “that sounds like an idea Dio proposed a few months ago, here’s his original message”—both acknowledging Dio for his contribution while allowing team members to easily pick up the conversation right where it left off.

Dio, and your team members, will have you to thank.


Our Help Center article contains additional details of how the Share button works. Feel free to send feedback or tweet us at @SlackHQ.

Slack is the collaboration hub, where the right people are always in the loop and key information is always at their fingertips. Teamwork in Slack happens in channels — searchable conversations that keep work organized and teams better connected.