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Here's how to change your Slack notification noise so it doesn't haunt your dreams

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The Slack app logo.
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  • The default Slack notification noise comes loaded with dread.

  • You can change the notification sound your Slack makes.

  • You can make it say "hummus", or set it so notifications make no noise at all.

If you've ever used Slack, you're probably all too familiar with the default woodblock sound that pops up whenever you get a notification.

It's a sound that fills many with dread. Typing the phrase "Slack noise" into Twitter turns up tweets like these:

The horror of the Slack "clackety-clack" even predates the working-from-home pandemic era, as showcased in 2018 when a man's Halloween costume of a new Slack message went viral.

That horror has intensified as services like Slack took on more significance with the rise of hybrid working.

You're not safe from it even if you log off Slack. When Slack started to run commercials on Spotify which featured the sound, I felt my blood pressure spike, and a cursory look on Twitter shows I'm not alone.

One colleague told me over the course of the pandemic the sound had come to haunt her dreams.

Even if you can't escape constant Slack notifications, you can at least change the noise they make to side-step any uncomfortable Pavlovian response to the sound — at least for a while.

Here's how you can change your Slack notification noise on desktop:

Open up Slack and click on the drop-down menu in the upper-left corner. From there, select "preferences."

A screenshot of Slack with the "preferences" option highlighted.
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When you open up "preferences" it should start on the "notifications" page.

Screenshot of the preferences menu in Slack, open on the "notifications" page.
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Scroll down till you see the "notification sound" drop-down menus. You're now in the right place to change your Slack noise.

A screenshot of Slack's "notification sound" drop-down menus highlighted with a red arrow.
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The default Slack noise is called "Knock Brush." There is a range of other, generic notification sounds to choose from including "Wow" and "Ta-Da".

A screenshot of Slack's dropdown menu of notification noises, with the option "Knock Brush" highlighted by a red arrow.
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A slightly strange option is called "Hummus." It will turn your Slack notification into the sound of a woman saying the word "hummus."

A screenshot of the Slack notification sounds menu, with the option "hummus" highlighted by a red arrow.
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The "hummus" option dates back to at least 2016, and is an in-joke at the company.

Hummus and carrots
Hummus.Getty Images

The National reported the "hummus" option stems from former Slack executive Anna Pickard. Pickard is British, and colleagues reportedly loved the way she pronounced the word "hummus."

In a 2016 tweet Slack's official Twitter account said: "Because we love our Anna so much that we wanted to save her delightful voice for posterity. Also, because hummus."

Mashable's Jennimai Nguyen wrote changing her own Slack notification sound to "hummus" helped make her workday less stressful.

Perhaps most importantly you also have the option to make it so Slack notifications don't make any sound at all. Just click on "none" at the top of the drop-down menu.

A screenshot of the Slack notification sounds drop-down menu, with the option "none" highlighted by a red arrow.
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