Tour the Slack app

Hi, there! 👋  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!

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Mac app

Windows app

Workspace Menu

Main Menu

Click your workspace name in the top left to find your profile and account settings, apps, and more.

Open Preferences ,

Workspace Switcher

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

Switch workspaces 1, 2etc.


Channel List

 

Public Channels

For conversations that are open to all members.

Move between channels  or

Private Channels

Best for topics that might be sensitive or confidential. 

Previous channel or DM Alt

Direct Message (DM)

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

Open DM menu ShiftK

 

Channel Header

 

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Channel Settings

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

Open Preferences K

Star

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

Open Starred Items ShiftS


Message Input

Quick Switcher

Jump swiftly between channels and DMs with the Quick Switcher.

Open the Quick Switcher K

Upload Files

Upload files or create posts and snippets. 

Upload a file U

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

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Mentions

Click the @ symbol in the input box to mention another member in messages to channels or DMs.

Jump to the input box Tab


Sidebar

 

Pinned Items

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

Open Preferences .

Channel Details

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

Open Channel Info I

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Activity

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

View activity M

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Starred Items

Use stars to highlight important conversations or files. 

Open Starred Items ShiftS

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More Items

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

Open the directory ShiftE

 

Workspace Menus

Main Menu

Click your workspace name in the top left to find your profile and account settings, apps, and more.

Open Preferences Ctrl,

Workspace Switcher

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

Switch workspaces Ctrl1, 2etc.


Channel List

 

Channels

For conversations that are open to all members.

Move between channels  or

Private Channels

Best for topics that might be sensitive or confidential. 

Previous channel or DM Alt

Direct Message (DM)

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

Open DM menu CtrlShiftK

 

Channel Header

 

channel_settings_2.png

Channel Settings

Click the  gear icon to adjust notifications, invite members, 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

TOUR_THE_SLACK_APP_-__.png

Mentions

Click the @ symbol in the input box to mention another member in messages to channels or DMs.

Jump to the input box 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

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Activity

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

View activity CtrlM

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Starred Items

Use stars to highlight important conversations or files. 

Open Starred Items CtrlShiftS

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More Items

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

Open the directory CtrlShiftE

 

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