Slack Tip: Create a Group Chat on the Fly

If you’re using Slack in your organization or team and want to create a group chat, take a look at how easy it is to create a group chat in no time.

Slack is one of the most popular instant messaging clients available, and it’s growing fast. It allows people to communicate with their colleagues and co-workers to collaborate on projects. People working in different groups can talk to each other through direct messages, but the leader or anyone from the group can create a group chat, so everyone on the team is on the same page regarding projects.

If you’re using Slack in your organization and want to create a group chat, follow some simple steps below, and you’ll be ready in no time.

Create a Group Chat in Slack

Log in to your Slack account, and you’ll see a list of groups and people you can send messages to in the left sidebar. Once you’re logged in, click on the small “+” right next to direct messages, and it will pop up a new dialog box.

Slack Open Direct Message

In the dialog box, you’ll see a group of people from your organization using Slack. Just select the people you want to create a group chat with, either by choosing from the list or typing them manually and click “Go.”

Slack DM

There you go, guys; it’s as simple as that. You can now talk to the people in the new Group Chat. You can also add more people to the group chat if you want to. Click on the “Channel Details” icon on the top of the group chat, as shown below.

Slack convo details

Now, a sidebar will pop up on the right side, click on the “Members” drop-down menu and select “Add someone.” From there, choose the person you want to add to the conversation.

add someone

This feature is quite useful when working with specific individuals on projects or for having an online meeting.

And while we’re talking about Slack, it’s worth noting that it has been recently updated to version 2.0.6, which hides the team switch panel:

After an outpouring of consternation regarding the team sidebar, we’ve listened, thought hard, and removed it. Those signed into a single team will find the sidebar hidden once again. It’s as if we never changed it! Or rather, it’s as if we changed it, and then changed it back. In fact, it’s exactly like that.



  1. Ariel Tusa

    When I click to add a member, it immediately creates a direct message without allowing me to add multiple people from the start.

    • Steve Krause

      That’s odd. Once you Click the + (PLUS) button next to Direct Message, you should be able to just click on the people you want to add to the Direct Message Group Chat or type in the names and hit enter after you narrow down the search.

      Then you have to click the GO button to create the room and start typing.

  2. Cynthia Vang

    Can you rename group chats? (not channels)

    • Steve Krause

      No, that’s not possible. What you can do however is convert a Group Chat into a Channel where you can then name it.

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