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50 Slack Hacks to Help You Say Goodbye to Email -

While its name might conjure thoughts of laziness, cloud-based team collaboration app Slack has taken root in the business world.

From 2012 to May 2019, the service has moved from 17,000 users to 10 million. That's amazing considering that Slack started as the messaging system inside a video game that didn't get off the ground. (Maybe because the game was called Glitch.) The term slack was meant to be an acronym for "Searchable Log of All Conversation and Knowledge."

Slack's been called an "email killer." We use it at PCMag for that very reason (alongside Asana, QuickBase, Google Apps, and more), and it works.

If you're not a corporate titan with a big team, Slack can still work for you. Anyone can create a team for free, but gratis accounts are limited by how many services you can integrate (10) and how many messages you can store (10,000). At that level, it works for families and groups of friends—especially those already familiar with Slack from work.

Of course, if you pay, you get unlimited storage and integrations, with a per-user price that starts at $6.67/month when billed annually (it's $8 per users per month if billed monthly).

Slack has the obligatory mobile versions for iOS and Android, plus a full set of desktop apps for Mac, Windows, and Linux (Ubuntu or Fedora). You don't need a separate install to use Slack on the desktop—it's essentially a browser window pane anyway. But if you like to keep operations separate, so Slack won't crash if your browser does, it's a great option, and messages are always in sync.

It's a Slack world, we just message in it. But we could be better at it; there's a lot of great stuff under the hood. Read on for all you need to know to get the most out of it and become the Slack guru of your office.

(Note that many links below won't work if you don't have a Slack account, in particular a paid Slack account for your team. If you do, most will append your active team name to the front of the URL. Tips for owners/admins won't work unless you have that level of access.)

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