How To Message Yourself On Slack

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One useful feature of Slack, a widely used tool for team collaboration, is the option to send direct messages to oneself. This proves useful for taking down quick notes, setting up a to-do list, or simply to remember important tasks. Below are the steps to effectively send yourself a message on Slack.

Method 1: Using the Direct Message Function

  1. Open Slack.
  2. Click on the + sign next to ‘Direct Messages’ on the left sidebar.
  3. Type in your username in the search box.
  4. Select your name from the dropdown list.
  5. Click on the ‘Go’ button. This will open a direct message window with yourself.
  6. Type your message and hit ‘Enter’ to send.

Method 2: Using a Slack Command

You can also utilize Slack’s built-in command feature to send a message to yourself by following these steps:

  1. Open Slack.
  2. Click on any channel – it doesn’t matter which, as the message will only be visible to you.
  3. In the message box at the bottom of the screen, start by typing /msg @yourusername (replace ‘yourusername’ with your actual username).
  4. After your username, type the message you want to send to yourself.
  5. Press ‘Enter’ to send.

You should now see your message in a separate conversation with yourself.

Method 3: Using the Slack API

The third method involves a little bit of coding. Utilizing the Slack API, we can write a simple script to send messages to ourself automatically.

Here’s a simple Python script that does just that:

    import slack

    # create a slack client
    slack_client = slack.WebClient(token="your-slack-api-token")

    # send a message to yourself
        text="Your message here!"

Remember to replace “your-slack-api-token” with your actual Slack API token and “@yourusername” with your actual Slack username.


There you have it – three different methods of messaging yourself on Slack. This seemingly simple feature can be a powerful tool in your productivity arsenal. By sending messages to yourself, you can keep track of important tasks, save links for later, or simply jot down a quick note. Happy Slacking!