Let’s face it, without the ability to communicate with emoji, a fair few of us wouldn’t have made it through the pandemic as well as we did. The fact that Slack allows custom emoji, means that if your workspace has an inside joke, some kind of company-specific reference, or even just a particularly cute picture of an office pet, you can share it in emoji form.
While sending pictures of your cat yawning can be a fun way to communicate with co-workers, not all groups or organisations are cat people (and some just don’t want custom emoji at all). If we can’t persuade you that cats are great, and you want to restrict your workspace members from adding custom emoji to your workspace, here’s how to do so.
To restrict the ability to add and edit custom emoji you need to go into the workspace permissions settings. To get there, you first need to click on the workspace name in the top-right corner. Next, in the dropdown menu, select “Settings & administration”, then “Workspace settings” to open the workspace settings in a new tab.
Switch to the “Permissions” tab at the top of the page, then click on the “Expand” button for the “Custom emoji” permissions.
To restrict the ability to add and edit the custom emoji in your workspace to the workspace owner and admin users, click on the dropdown box labelled “People who can manage custom emoji”. Once you’ve changed this setting to “Workspace owner and admins only”, click “Save” to apply the setting.
The ability to create and edit custom emoji can be some simple and light-hearted fun, but it may not be a good idea for all users to be able to do this in every workspace. By following the steps in this guide, you can restrict the ability to add and edit the custom emoji in your workspace to admin users.