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How to create tasks or a list in a direct message in Slack

In Slack, click on the direct message with the person you want to create tasks with.

Type /todo followed by the task you want to create and press enter when completed

E.g. /todo Send invitations for the team meeting


You will be prompted to select the other participant of this conversation.

In this example, it is Sarah.

The reason why we ask you to choose the other participant is because Slack views this conversation as private and does not provide our app with the information as to who is in the conversation.

We need to confirm who is in the channel to create the list correctly.

Choose the correct person in the channel.

You will be asked to confirm your choice. Press OKAY.

The task will be created in the direct message with Sarah and will be shown in your direct message channel.   Tasks created in the channel are private and only visible to those in the direct message channel.   *

Please note:  Tasks created in a direct message channel are not automatically assigned to the users in the channel, so will still need to be assigned to one or both members if needed.  For more information on assigning tasks, click here.


You can now continue to create tasks in the direct message channel.  To see the full list in this direct message, type /todo list.

Tasks that you have created in the direct message will appear in the People space with the user in the web app.  You can access the space by clicking on the Open in Workast button, or by logging in to Workast, and then selecting the user under the People heading in the bottom left-hand corner.  

* Slack ownership permissions and exporting functionality may allow your Slack owner access to your direct messages.  See Slack's privacy policies and export functions for details.  

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