How to create a poll in Slack

Simple Poll makes it quick and easy to create polls in Slack. There are a couple of ways to do so, so let’s start with the easiest.

1. Create a poll using a shortcut

A quick way to create a poll is by using a shortcut. You can access the Simple Poll shortcut by clicking the Run shortcut button in Slack. It’s the little / symbol in the bottom left of the message window.

If Create poll with Simple Poll is not in the list already, you can search for it by typing "poll":

After selecting the shortcut for Create poll with Simple Poll, a modal window that lets you create your poll will open:

Fill in the details of your poll and select any settings you want to apply. When you’re ready, click Preview to check what your poll will look like.

💡 Tip: If you want a safe place to experiment with creating polls, you can post one in a private channel, or even in a direct message to yourself!

2. Create a poll using the /poll command

You can create polls by using the /poll command. You can use this command in two ways:

1. Type in /poll and press Enter. This will open the modal window in the same way as using a shortcut.

2. Type in /poll directly followed by the question/topic you want to ask and the options you want to include. Surround your question and each option with quotation marks.

For example, typing this:

/poll “What times would work for a quick team meeting later?” “1pm” “2pm” “3pm”

Hitting enter, or send, will show you a preview, and then you can post the poll:

You can still make use of the settings from the modal window, by adding keywords after your question/topic and options. Keywords are not surrounded with quotation marks.

  • The keyword anonymous makes the poll anonymous
  • The keyword allow-options lets team members add options to your poll
  • The keyword limit 1 limits how many votes each respondent can cast to 1

For example, you can create a poll that is both anonymous and allows people to add options:

/poll “What do you want to make sure we cover in the company meeting later?” “Hiring progress” “Party update” “Financials” allow-options anonymous

Here is what that poll would look like:

If you get stuck, don’t hesitate to get in touch via [email protected]

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