How To Use Slack On Desktop

Using the desktop version of Slack offers enhanced convenience and productivity for your workspace. Whether you are new to Slack or switching from the mobile version, this guide will show you how to efficiently navigate the desktop app.

Step 1: Downloading and Installing Slack

The first step to using Slack on desktop is downloading and installing the application. Visit the Slack download page at and follow the prompts to download the appropriate version for your operating system. Once the download is complete, open the file and follow the installation instructions.

Step 2: Logging In to Slack

Open the installed Slack application. If you already have an account, click on ‘Sign in’ and enter your workspace’s Slack URL, then enter your email and password. If you’re new to Slack, you can click on ‘Get Started’ to create a new account.

Step 3: Navigating the Slack Interface

The Slack interface can be divided into several key areas:

  • Left Sidebar: Here you’ll find your channels, direct messages, and Slack’s main menu.
  • Channel / Conversation Area: This is where all the magic happens – messages, shared files, and more.
  • Right Sidebar: When open, this sidebar shows additional information about what’s selected in your channel or conversation area. This includes member profiles, pinned items, shared files, etc.

Step 4: Joining or Creating a Channel

To join a channel, click on ‘Channels’ on the left sidebar, then ‘Browse Channels’. All the available channels in your workspace will be shown. Click on a channel to view more details, and then ‘Join Channel’ to become a member.

To create a new channel, click on the ‘+’ icon next to ‘Channels’ on the left sidebar. Enter the new channel details and click ‘Create’.

Step 5: Sending Messages

Type your message into the text box at the bottom of the Slack window and hit ‘Enter’ to send. You can also use the / key to access a list of commands – like setting a status or calling a coworker.


That’s the basics of how to use Slack on desktop. Once you get the hang of the interface and commands, you’ll find it’s a powerful tool for communication and collaboration. Happy Slacking!