How to join an existing Slack workspace (or create one of your own)

If you have not gotten into the Slack car yet, be prepared, as it shows no signs of slowing down. Find out how to join a Slack workspace or create your own.

How to join an existing Slack workspace (or create your own)
If you have not already climbed into the Slack car, prepare yourself, as it shows no signs of slowing down. Find out how to join a Slack workspace or create your own.

Slack has become the de facto standard by which most computers communicate. You cannot throw a string of code at a multitude of developers or administrators without landing on someone who uses Slack.

But for some, catching up with this new tool is not as simple a task as you might think. Slack adopts a slightly different approach with a number of problems. However, joining an existing workspace is really quite easy. In fact, Slack has allowed to join a workspace in different ways.

In this first part of a long series of Slack, I will show you how to join an existing workspace or create your own.

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Interacting with Slack

Before you can join a Slack workspace, you must have The means to interact. This can be done through the mobile application and / or the desktop application. The way you install that application will depend on the platform you choose, but know that Slack is available for:

Once you have installed the application on your device, you will be ready to log in to a workspace.

Invitation by email

Most likely, if you join a Slack workspace of the company, your internal Slack administrator or Human Resources department has organized your account and you will be sent a email that will include a link Join now. Click on that link and you will be asked to enter your email address and create a password.

If your company uses a single sign-on service, Slack will already have your account details, so you only need to log in with your company's login provider.

From the desktop client

As you have already installed the application, you can log in to a workspace from there. I will demonstrate it on the Linux desktop client. The first thing to do is open the Slack client. Once opened, click on File | Log in to another workspace ( Figure A ).

Figure A

Logging into another workspace from the desktop client.

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Logging into another workspace from the desktop client. [19659022] Clicking on that entry will open your default web browser asking you to enter the new workspace name ( Figure B ).

Figure B

Logging in a new Slack workspace.

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If you do not know the exact name of the Slack workspace you are looking for, go to the Slack workspace search engine page, type your email address and click Confirm Next, Slack will send you an email with a list of all the Slack workspaces you can join.

From the mobile application

Joining a workspace from the mobile application is a bit different. I will show it on Android. To join a new workspace, open the Android application and then swipe right from the left edge of the screen to show the sidebar. From the sidebar, touch the four squares in the upper right corner ( Figure C ).

Figure C

The sidebar of the Slack mobile application.

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In the resulting window ( Figure D ) touch Add workspaces.

Figure D

Add a new workspace in the Android Slack application.

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You will then be presented with the option to sign in with your email address in any address space electronic, join a new workspace or create a new one ( Figure E ).

Figure E

Your available workspaces are listed here.

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Create your own workspace

Of course, if you are not eligible to join an existing company workspace, you can always start yours by going to the Create Workspace page, enter your email address and click Confirm A six-digit PIN will be sent to that email address, retrieve that PIN and write it on the resulting Slack website.

In the next window ( Figure F ), assign a Name your workspace and click Next.

Figure F

Assign a name to your new workspace.

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Next, you must create a project for the workspace, followed by sending invitations to those who should participate. If you wish, you can skip the invitations and send them later. You can choose to skip those invitations at this time, so you can handle the administration tasks you may need (such as the Registration Mode, the Content of the message to the invited members, the Workspace Language, the Default Channels, the Display name guidelines and more). Once everything is set up, you can send the invitations so that users can start using Slack.

Enjoy the collaboration

And that's all there is to join an existing Slack workspace or create your own. Once you have joined, you will find a new level of collaboration with your team (s). Enjoy.

See also

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