Slack tip: closing unnecessary DMs in the sidebar

I like to keep my email inbox as empty as possible: only containing emails that I need to follow up or action which is usually less than 6.

I find Slack can be overwhelming, particuarly Direct Messages (DMs) which build up in the sidebar over time – particularly in a large company. At a previous job I noticed my team lead would use the DMs like an email – open a new DM to someone to ask something, and as soon as there’s nothing more to do close that DM so the sidebar is nice and clean. I didn’t even think to do this but I love doing it now – I only have DMs in the sidebar that require my attention, all other ones aren’t there (you don’t lose history of DMs, clicking the plus ➕ and adding a DM to someone shows your previous history).

I recommend giving it a try to see whether it helps you stay on top of your Slack.

2 replies on “Slack tip: closing unnecessary DMs in the sidebar”

If you want to avoid the hassle of manually closing each DM, you can change the sidebar settings of Slack to display only unread or starred DMs. That way, after reading/replying they go away magically ;P

Settings screenshot:

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