How To Remove Slack Teams From The Mac Slack App Sidebar

I do love Slack.

It hits the notes I feel ALL successful web apps must; in its own way, it is Social, Fun, and Competitive.

My love had a downside, however.

I turned everyone I knew on to it, and compelled colleagues and clients to create Slack Teams. This led to my Slack Mac App becoming so bloated with teams in its sidebar, that I couldn’t even find some because they had been pushed down “below the fold” of the app.

Of course, not all of these teams ever became/remained active, and so I wanted to do some cleaning, and delete these teams I no longer needed, so that I could see the ones I did.

But, for the life of me, I couldn’t not phrase a Google search that returned an answer on how to hide, delete, or remove some of the inactive/semi-active teams (channels, sure…teams: nope!). Slack’s online resources seemed to aggressively avoid answering this question.

Well, I finally figured it out, and, both to save you the time and to remind myself (because the process isn’t terribly intuitive), here’s how to do it:

  • Highlight the Team you want out of your sidebar (i.e. click on its icon)
  • Click on the Team Name at the top left of the app
  • This triggers a drop down menu, where you’ll see an option to “Sign out of [Team Name]” – click it

One you do – poof – the icon for the team disappears from the sidebar.

PS – you can re-arrange the order of your teams by clicking and dragging.

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  1. Andy’s avatar

    Thank you!!!

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  2. Sam’s avatar

    Total lifesaver.

    However, note that if you log out without using this method, you will have to log back in and then run through the steps. Which works just fine. 🙂

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    1. No Bueno’s avatar

      …unless you’ve been removed from the team and can’t log back in… Then it’s stuck in your sidebar forever.

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      1. George Howard’s avatar

        Wow. That’s terrible. Must be a way to remove after you’ve been removed from a team.

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      2. triple_h’s avatar

        Didn’t work for me. I was already removed from a team by the team admin. So, I am not signed into the team. But it still shows up on the Team bar. I right mouse click on it and see “Remove Team.” I click that, and then the team page disappears for a minute, then comes back again! Has to be a Mac bug. I’ll go report it to Slack.

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        1. triple_h’s avatar

          Fixed it. Brute force method is: Download Slack reset app for Mac from https://slack-files.com/T024BE7LD-F025GKCDP-a75f1f
          And it signs you out of all teams and removes them from Team bar. Then, just go back in and add the ones you want.

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          1. George Howard’s avatar

            awesome. thanks for adding this.

            much appreciated.

            George

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          2. George Howard’s avatar

            That’s frustrating. Does sound like a bug. I’ve found them (Slack) to be fairly responsive. Best of luck.

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          3. xpmatteo’s avatar

            Right-click on the team icon in the sidebar. You’ll be given the option to remove it 🙂

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          4. Colin Barker’s avatar

            Probably a little late to the game, but hopefully for anyone else having this issue (as the same as you, I couldn’t for the life of me get this google search right till recently!)

            If the team has been deactivated or the account is blocked – what I found was you couldn’t right click and remove the team – it kept taking you back to the login page.

            What I ended up doing was

            1) Click the deactivated team I wanted to remove
            2) Wait for the “Please log into this team” to show up
            3) Click on “Sign into another team” link on the page that is shown
            4) When it gets to the screen asking you to enter your slack team name, right click the team icon on the left hand side, and then remove.

            This seemed to work really well for me!

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            1. George Howard’s avatar

              Thanks, Colin. The more methods to achieve this goal the better – as far as I’m concerned. I sense (possibly paranoia) that they make this intentionally hard for some “business” reason.

              George

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            2. Matthew’s avatar

              Even later to the game but Colin’s steps didn’t quite work for me on the Mac desktop beta (2.2.8-beta2). I’ve filed a bug report but I found I that step 4 above removed the “Sign back into the team” screen but kept the icon hanging around (now linked to the Slack homepage) and I had to repeat step 4.

              The steps that worked for me were:
              1) Click the deactivated team I wanted to remove
              2) Wait for the “Please log into this team” to show up
              3) Click on “Sign into another team” link on the page that is shown
              4) When it gets to the screen asking you to enter your slack team name, right click the team icon on the left hand side, and then click remove
              5) When it gets to a screen showing the Slack homepage, right click the team icon on the left hand side, and then click remove.

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              1. George Howard’s avatar

                Thanks, Matthew. Crazy that this is still such an issue. Also crazy that you can’t bulk add team members to channels; which I found out too late, and now have to manually add all existing users to new channels – you can set up in preferences to invite all members to all channels when they join, but if you don’t….

                odd that they haven’t addressed these issues.

                George

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              2. me’s avatar

                None of the above worked for me so I just deleted all the user preference data and started over:

                cd ~/Library
                find . -iname “*slack*” -exec rm -rf {} \;

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                1. George Howard’s avatar

                  frustrating. i had a similar experience where i had to trash the whole app and start over (awesome), because its wires got crossed and some old team corrupted a new team. growing pains, i guess. but frustrating nonetheless.

                  George

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                2. J’s avatar

                  This is really annoying.

                  The tip upthread worked for me (Colin Barker on June 6, 2016 at 4:34 am) with one caveat: if one of the teams you want to remove is in the first (top) position in the sidebar, I wasn’t able to remove it. When I dragged it to another position (e.g. second) in the sidebar, I was able to remove it. Good luck.

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                3. George Pór’s avatar

                  That was very helpful, thank you!

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                4. George Pór’s avatar

                  Unfortunately, it didn’t work for a team, from which the admin removed me but its icon is still in the sidebar. 🙁

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                5. meag doherty’s avatar

                  UPDATE: You can right click and remove team 🙂

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                  1. George Howard’s avatar

                    excellent. thanks for the update.

                    George

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