Cheat sheet for basics and shortcuts

Hi, there! ūüĎč ¬†If you are just getting started, this¬†guide will help you get to know¬†Slack like the back of your hand. Give the keyboard shortcuts a try to get around even faster!




Mac app

Windows app

Team Switcher

(Only visible when signed in to more than one team)

Team Menu

Click your team name to find your profile and account settings, apps, and more.

Open Preferences¬†‚Ćė,

Team Switcher

On the desktop app, hop between teams if you're on more than one. Click the  plus icon to add more! 

Switch teams¬†‚Ćė1, 2etc.


Channel List

 

Channels

For conversations that are open to all members.

Move between channels¬†‚Üí or ‚Üź

Private Channels

Best for topics that might be sensitive or confidential. 

Previous channel or DM¬†Alt‚ÜĎ

Direct Message (DM)

DM a teammate one-on-one. Or start a Group DM with up to eight others.

Open DM menu¬†‚ĆėShiftK

 

Channel Header

 

Channel Settings

Click the  gear icon to adjust notifications, invite teammates, and more.

Open Preferences ‚ĆėK

Star

Star the channels and DMs you visit frequently to place them at the top of your channel list! 

Open Starred Items¬†‚ĆėShiftS


Message Input

Quick Switcher

Jump swiftly between channels and DMs with the Quick Switcher.

Open the Quick Switcher¬†‚ĆėK

Upload Files

Upload files or create posts and snippets. 

Upload a file¬†‚ĆėU

Messages

Write and send your messages.

Jump to the input box Tab

Emoji

Click the  smiley face icon to add an emoji (or two!) 

Autocomplete emoji :[character]Tab


Sidebar

 

Pinned Items

Quickly access Pinned Items, or scan the channel's Member List.

Open Preferences ‚Ćė.

Channel Details

Learn more about a channel's purpose, shared files, and more. 

Open Channel Info ‚ĆėI

Activity

See new activity, like mentions and reactions, on your messages.

View activity¬†‚ĆėM

Starred Items

Use stars to highlight important conversations or files. 

Open Starred Items¬†‚ĆėShiftS

More Items

Access your files, directory, or see what's new in Slack!

Open the¬†directory¬†‚ĆėShiftE

 

Team Switcher

(Only visible when signed in to more than one team)

Team Menu

Click your team name to find your profile and account settings, apps, and more.

Open Preferences Ctrl,

Team Switcher

On the desktop app, hop between teams if you're on more than one. Click the  plus icon to add more! 

Switch teams Ctrl1, 2etc.


Channel List

 

Channels

For conversations that are open to all members.

Move between channels¬†‚Üí or ‚Üź

Private Channels

Best for topics that might be sensitive or confidential. 

Previous channel or DM¬†Alt‚ÜĎ

Direct Message (DM)

DM a teammate one-on-one. Or start a Group DM with up to eight others.

Open DM menu CtrlShiftK

 

Channel Header

 

Channel Settings

Click the  gear icon to adjust notifications, invite teammates, and more.

Open Preferences CtrlK

Star

Star the channels and DMs you visit frequently to place them at the top of your channel list! 

Open Starred Items CtrlShiftS


Message Input

Quick Switcher

Jump swiftly between channels and DMs with the Quick Switcher.

Open the Quick Switcher CtrlK

Upload Files

Upload files or create posts and snippets. 

Upload a file CtrlU

Messages

Write and send your messages.

Jump to the input box Tab

Emoji

Click the  smiley face icon to add an emoji (or two!) 

Autocomplete emoji :[character]Tab


Sidebar

 

Pinned Items

Quickly access Pinned Items, or scan the channel's Member List.

Open Preferences Ctrl.

Channel Details

Learn more about a channel's purpose, shared files, and more. 

Open Channel Info CtrlI

Activity

See new activity, like mentions and reactions, on your messages.

View activity CtrlM

Starred Items

Use stars to highlight important conversations or files. 

Open Starred Items CtrlShiftS

More Items

Access your files, directory, or see what's new in Slack!

Open the directory CtrlShiftE