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How to Delete, Archive, Edit a Slack Channel (Complete Tutorial)

Slack is one of a handful of chat applications that you can expect to use in any workplace. It’s also an app that many users opt to use for daily communication. Slack is easy to learn to use but if you have to manage a Slack team for others, you may have to manage more components than the average user.

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Slack: Delete channel, edit, and archive 

Channels are one of the highlights in Slack. They are ‘grouped’ discussions. Ideally, if you need to talk about something specific, you’d create a dedicated channel for it. You can change the channel name to something else or you can archive it and create a new one whenever you need to.

Editing and archiving a channel is basic and users who are able to create a channel will normally be able to edit and archive the channel they’ve created. Deleting the channel, however, may be restricted. Only admins or users with higher privileges will be able to delete a channel.

A user can only edit or archive a channel they’ve created. To edit or archive channels created by other users, higher privileges will be required.

Slack: Delete channel

To delete a Slack channel, make sure you have the right permissions enabled for your account or sign in with an admin account.

  1. Open Slack.
  2. Right-click the channel you want to delete.
  3. Select Additional Options from the context menu.

  1. Select the Delete this channel option.
  2. Confirm you want to delete the channel and it will be deleted.

Slack: Edit channel

To edit a Slack channel, make sure it’s a channel that you’ve created or that you have admin rights to edit channels created by other users.

  1. Open Slack.
  2. Right-click the Channel you want to edit.
  3. Select Additional options from the context menu.
  4. Click Rename this channel to change the channel’s name.
  5. Click Set the channel description to change the description for the channel.
  6. Click Change to Private or Change to Public to change its audience.

Slack: Archive channel

To archive a channel, make sure you have the right permissions to do so.

  1. Open Slack.
  2. Right-click the channel you want to archive.
  3. Select Additional options from the context menu.
  4. Click Archive this channel.
  5. Confirm that you want to archive the channel.


Slack isn’t hard to learn to use. It’s different especially if you’ve always used apps like Whatsapp or Facebook Messenger, or Skype and the like for daily communication. If you’re setting up a team for work or for games, knowing how to create, delete, edit, or archive a channel is basic. 

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