Slack Logo with Purple Background

In addition to a slight redesign, Slack recently introduced the ability to group channels into something the company calls “Sections.” These sections make it easy for you to organize your workspace’s side panel, especially if you are overrun by conversations.

Before we begin, note that the Sections feature is only available for those with paid Slack accounts. Additionally, you can only group and organize your channels using the desktop or web clients. Once you make any changes, you’ll see the sections on your iPhone, iPad, or Android device.

RELATED: Slack Debuts a Simpler, More Discoverable Design

How to Create a Slack Section

Start by launching your Slack desktop or web application and then selecting the workspace you would like to customize.

Next, locate one of the default sections, such as “Starred” or “Channels.” Hover your mouse over the section’s title and then click the corresponding three-dot options icon.

Note: Slack is rolling out its redesign very slowly. If you do not see these options, you might need to wait a couple more weeks before the upgrade comes to your workspace.

Select the “Create New Section” button found at the bottom of the menu that pops up.

Select the "Create New Section" Button

A new “Create Sidebar Section” window will appear in the middle of your screen. Type a name for the section into the “Choose A Helpful Name” box.

Enter a Section Name into the "Choose A Helpful Name" Box

Click the “Create” button to add the section to Slack’s sidebar.

With the section now added to the top of your sidebar, it’s time to group channels and direct messages to help organize your workspace.

Click and hold on any channel or direct message and then drag it on top of the section. Let go to drop the channel or direct message into the section.

You can further customize the order of your Slack workspace’s sidebar by clicking and dragging the sections as well as the channels/direct messages within the sections.

Slack Section with a Channel in it

RELATED: 10 Ways to Personalize Your Slack Account

How to Rename a Slack Section

If you ever need to change the name of a section, renaming the group only takes a couple of seconds.

Start by opening the Slack workspace that includes the section that you want to rename. Hover your mouse cursor over the section’s title and then click on the three-dot options icon.

Next, select the “Rename” button at the top of the pop-up menu.

Select the "Rename" Button

Finally, rename your section and then click the “Save” button.

Change the Sections Name and then Select the "Save" Button

How to Delete a Slack Section

Deleting an unused section is easy more straightforward than creating one. Start by opening up your Slack workspace, hover over the section you want to remove, and then click on the corresponding three-dot options icon.

Next, select the “Delete” option from the pop-up menu.

Select the "Delete" Section Option

Finally, click the “Delete” button. Don’t worry, removing the section won’t permanently delete any conversations or kick you out of any channels. Any channels within the deleted section will be moved back to the default sections automatically.

RELATED: How to Use Slack's Workflow Builder

Profile Photo for Justin Duino Justin Duino
Justin Duino is the Reviews Director at How-To Geek (and LifeSavvy Media as a whole). He has spent the last decade writing about Android, smartphones, and other mobile technology. In addition to his written work, he has also been a regular guest commentator on CBS News and BBC World News and Radio to discuss current events in the technology industry.
Read Full Bio »