How to Edit, Delete or Archive a Slack Channel

Learn to manage your Slack channels however you want

by Matthew Adams
Matthew Adams
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  • If you’re working with a team, Slack is one of the best tools that you can use in order to organize and communicate with your team.
  • Channels are an essential part of Slack, and in this article, we’ll show you how to edit, delete, and archive channels on Slack.
  • Do note that archived channels can be unarchived back if you wish.
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Slack is one of the best alternative instant-messaging apps to Skype that you can utilize on Windows, iOS, and Android platforms.

You can set up various different chat channels within Slack’s Windows desktop app. Then you can also edit, delete, and archive those channels a little later if required.

How can I manage Slack channels?

1. Archive a Slack channel

You can also easily archive a channel in Slack via the app’s built-in options. All you need to do is navigate to the channel you want to archive and open the Additional Options menu.

1. Launch the Slack app on your PC.

2. Select the channel to edit on the left of Slack’s window.

3. Click the Conversation settings button shown directly below.

conversation settings slack

4. Select Additional options on the menu, which opens the options shown directly below.

slack additional options menu

5. Select the Archive this channel option.

6. Then select the Yes, archive this channel option to confirm.

archive this channel slack setting

As the channel is archived, you can restore it. Here is how:

  1. Click Channels at the top of the channel list.Channels option slack how to edit, delete or archive a channel
  2. Select All channels on the Show drop-down menu, and then choose the Archived channels option.Browse Channels search box slack how to edit, delete or archive a channel
  3. Select an archived channel to open.
  4. Click the Conversation settings button.
  5. Select the Un-archive channel option on the menu.
Un-archive option slack

2. Edit a Slack channel

  1. Navigate to Additional options.
  2. There you can edit a channel by renaming it.
  3. Click the Rename this channel option.
  4. Then enter a new title for the channel.
  5. You can also convert a Slack channel to a more closed private alternative.
  6. Click the Change to a private channel option.
  7. Then click Change to private to provide further confirmation.

However, note that you can’t revert the channel back to a public one after you make the change.

3. Delete a Slack channel

  1. To erase a channel, open the Additional options menu as outlined above.
  2. Click the Delete this channel option.
  3. Select the Yes, permanently delete this channel checkbox.Delete Channel button slack how to edit, delete or archive a channel
  4. Press the Delete Channel button.

Can I edit a Slack channel?

Unfortunately, at the time being, it is impossible to directly edit channels in Slack. All that you can do is delete the channel and re-create it using the modifications you want to add to it.

So, that’s how you can edit, delete, and archive channels within the Slack Windows desktop app. You can also do the same in the Slack web app.

Note, however, that only Admin users can edit, delete, and archive channels within a Slack workspace.

Do you like to edit, delete, or archive the Slack channels that you manage? Tell us what do you usually go for in the comment section below.

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