Slack keyboard shortcuts

Keyboard shortcuts help you navigate Slack with minimal effort. You can see a quick list of shortcuts by pressing / (Mac) and Ctrl/ (Windows/Linux), or take a look at the detailed lists below.

Why use keyboard shortcuts?

Note: You can't set custom keyboard shortcuts for Slack, but we may add this in the future! For now, use the shortcut above to see a quick list.

Using an international keyboard? Some shortcuts may differ from what’s listed below (they're marked with an * asterisk). See Manage your keyboard layout for shortcuts specific to your keyboard.


Navigation

Mac

Windows/Linux

Action

Mac

Quick Switcher

(T is desktop app only.)

K

T

Open direct messages menu

ShiftK

Browse all channels

ShiftL

Open All Threads view**

ShiftT

Previous channel or DM

Option

Next channel or DM

Option

Previous unread channel or DM

OptionShift

Next unread channel or DM

OptionShift

Previous channel or DM visited

[

Next channel or DM visited

]

Preferences**

,

Open or close right pane

.

Channel info pane

ShiftI

Activity

ShiftM

Directory

ShiftE

Starred Items

ShiftS

Search current channel or conversation

F

Open previous search 

⌘G

Toggle full screen view

^F


** This shortcut only works on the Slack desktop app.

Action

Windows/Linux

Quick Switcher

(T is desktop app only.)

CtrlK

CtrlT

Open direct messages menu

CtrlShiftK

Browse all channels

CtrlShiftL

Open All Threads view** CtrlShiftT
Previous channel or DM Alt
Next channel or DM Alt
Previous unread channel or DM  AltShift
Next unread channel or DM  AltShift
Previous channel or DM visited Alt
Next channel or DM visited Alt

Preferences**

Ctrl,
Open or close right pane Ctrl.
Channel info pane CtrlShiftI
Activity CtrlShiftM
Directory CtrlShiftE
Starred Items CtrlShiftS
Search current channel or conversation CtrlF
Open previous search  CtrlG
Toggle full screen view CtrlShiftF


** This shortcut only works on the Slack desktop app.


All Unreads navigation

To learn about this feature and how to turn it on, visit View all your unread messages.

Mac

Windows/Linux

Action

Mac

Open All Unreads view

ShiftA

Mark messages as unread

Option + click a message

Move between channels

or

Toggle current channel read or unread

R

Action

Windows/Linux

Open All Unreads view

CtrlShiftA

Mark messages as unread

Alt+ click a message

Move between channels

or

Toggle current channel read or unread

R


Switch workspaces

Mac

Windows/Linux

Action

Mac

Switch to previous workspace

Shift[

Switch to next workspace

Shift]

Switch to a specific workspace (see assigned number under the workspace icon in your Slack app)

[number]

Action

Windows/Linux

Switch to previous workspace

CtrlShiftTab (Windows)

CtrlShift[(Linux)

Switch to next workspace

CtrlTab (Windows)

Ctrl](Linux)

Switch to a specific workspace (see assigned number under the workspace icon in your Slack app) Ctrl[number]


Mark messages read or unread

Mac

Windows/Linux

Action

Mac

Mark all messages in current channel or DM as read

Esc

Mark all messages as read

ShiftEsc

Set a message as your oldest unread message

Option+ click a message

Action

Windows/Linux

Mark all messages in current channel or DM as read

Esc

Mark all messages as read

ShiftEsc

Set a message as your oldest unread message

Alt+ click a message
(Windows)

CtrlAlt+ click a message (Linux)


Message shortcuts

Note: Make sure your cursor is in the message field to perform these shortcuts.

Mac

Windows/Linux

Action

Mac

Edit your last message***

in empty message field

Select text to beginning of current line

Shift

Select text to end of current line

Shift

Create a new line in your message

ShiftEnter

Add emoji reactions to a message*

Shift\

Bold selected text

B

Italicize selected text

I

Strikethrough selected text

ShiftX

Quote selected text

Shift>

Codeblock selected text

ShiftC

Turn selected text into a numbered list

Shift7

Turn selected text into a bulleted list

Shift8

Set or edit your status

ShiftY


*** When Use up and down arrows to cycle through your typed history is enabled, the shortcut changes to .

Action

Windows/Linux

Edit your last message***

in empty message field

Select text to beginning of current line

Shift

Select text to end of current line

Shift

Create a new line in your message

ShiftEnter

Add emoji reactions to a message*

CtrlShift\

Bold selected text

CtrlB

Italicize selected text

CtrlI

Strikethrough selected text

CtrlShiftX

Quote selected text

CtrlShift>

Codeblock selected text

CtrlShiftC

Turn selected text into a numbered list

CtrlShift7

Turn selected text into a bulleted list

CtrlShift8

Set or edit your status

CtrlShiftY


*** When Use up and down arrows to cycle through your typed history is enabled, the shortcut changes to Ctrl.


Files and snippets

Mac

Windows/Linux

Action

Mac

Upload file

U

Create new Snippet

ShiftEnter

Action

Windows/Linux

Upload file

CtrlU
Create new Snippet CtrlShiftEnter


Call actions

Mac

Windows/Linux

Action

Mac

Toggle mute on and off

(hold down to talk when muted)

M

Toggle video on and off

V

Show invite list

+ or A

View and select an emoji reactions

E then 1 - 9

Action

Windows/Linux

Toggle mute on and off

(hold down to talk when muted)

M
Toggle video on and off V
Show invite list + or A
View and select an emoji reactions E then 1 - 9

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