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Price
$14.99
Pages
186
Formats
PDF EPUB Mobi
Version
1.0
Published
Jan 28, 2019

Take Control of Slack

Master Slack for work and fun!

The Slack group messaging system has become an integral part of work life (and even social life) for millions of people. It’s a feature of the modern business landscape, but how can you make the best use of this powerful, 21st-century tool to both get your job done and have fun? In this book, Glenn Fleishman addresses every major type of Slack user:

  • New user: If you’re interested in or tempted by Slack but have never used it, this book will help you get up to speed quickly.
  • Experienced user: If you use Slack already and want to get more out of it, this book will guide you to more efficient and more sophisticated use and control.
  • Reluctant user: If Slack is a requirement for your workplace, nonprofit group, or other organization, this book will help you overcome frustration and confusion.

Slack can make your work life better. This book helps you master Slack! It shows you things you’ll never learn by reading the online documentation or simply poking around, based on Glenn’s years of experience in multiple Slack teams.

Want to distribute this book to your entire Slack team—whether that’s 5 people or 500? Click Bulk Discounts below for discounts starting at 50% off.

Among the many questions this book answers are:

  • How do I get started using Slack, including creating my first workspace?
  • How can I manage the number (and manner) of notifications I get on my desktop and on my mobile devices?
  • Is there any way to edit the message I just posted so I can fix a mistake?
  • How do I find other channels in my Slack workspace—or make new ones?
  • How do I make audio or video calls in Slack, or use screen sharing?
  • What are the differences between direct messages and public messages in Slack?
  • How much privacy can I expect in Slack from coworkers, bosses, owners, and Slack itself?
  • How much can I do in Slack for free? What features make sense to pay for?
  • How do people find and enter emoji in messages?
  • What does it mean when names in the sidebar are bold or italic?
  • What do the numbers next to channel or conversation names indicate?
  • What exactly is Slackbot, and why is it talking to me?
  • How do I perform advanced searches to find what I need?
  • How do I find and install Slack apps?

Take Control of Slack replaces two previous titles: Take Control of Slack Basics and Take Control of Slack Admin. Although this new book borrows some elements from its predecessors, it’s a brand-new, completely rethought guide that’s up to date with the latest versions of Slack (right down to its brand-new icon!).

Bulk Discounts

Discount Schedule

Want to provide a copy of Take Control of Slack to everyone in your organization? We offer bulk purchase discounts according to the following schedule (you will enter the exact number of copies to purchase in the cart; make sure to click the Update Quantity button afterward):

You can buy just the number of copies of Take Control of Slack you need now and place additional orders later if needed.

What You’ll Get

After finalizing your order, you’ll download a Zip archive containing a copy of the book in PDF, EPUB, and Mobipocket formats, suitable for distribution within your organization. You may upload the files to your Slack team, place them on a central file server, or distribute in whatever other way makes sense for your situation as long as they are restricted to members of your organization.

Bulk Purchase Questions?

If you have any questions about how the bulk purchase process works, ways in which you can distribute the books, or anything else associated with bulk purchases, please contact publisher Joe Kissell.

Blog
  1. Slack Changes Desktop Login

    In macOS and Windows, Slack offers both native desktop apps and a robust web app that works across major browsers. The native apps have a few distinct advantages I mention in the book over using the web app. However, Slack just removed a feature from the native desktop apps, that you would think makes the desktop app worse—but, in fact, makes it better.

    You can no longer log into a workspace from a native desktop app. Previously, you could click the big + at the bottom of the native desktop app’s Workspaces sidebar, and you’d be prompted within the desktop app to enter a workspace subdomain name, and proceed through a log in or generate a magic link sent via email. (The magic link is a URL that, when clicked, opens the web app, which in turn triggers the Slack native desktop app and adds the team.)

    As of March 11, 2019, however, the native desktop apps no longer allow a direct login. Click the + in the Workspaces sidebar, and the Slack desktop app opens a browser window that’s related to all workspaces for which you use the same email address. From there, you can either click on any workspace listed that you’re already logged into, saving time and effort, and the web app requests opening the native desktop app, which then adds the workspace with no further effort. You can also enter the Slack subdomain in the web app’s login page, and then proceed through a normal password (and second-factor) login entry or use a magic link.

    You’d think this would be a worse experience because of the round trip. However, because the web app populates the login page with all your active workspaces, it actually reduces effort—it’s better than the native desktop login approach. Now, in the future, I would hope Slack could provide that same ease within a native app, but for now it’s a weird but positive step forward.

    Posted by Glenn Fleishman (Permalink)

The Author

Glenn Fleishman is a veteran technology writer who has contributed to dozens of publications across his career, including Macworld, the New York Times, Wired, the Atlantic, and the Economist. He has also written dozens of editions of books in the Take Control series. Glenn lives in Seattle with his wife and two children.