Get around faster with keyboard shortcuts

At Slack, we like efficiency! So, there are a number of keyboard shortcuts to help you move around Slack faster. We’ll introduce you to some of our favorites and show you just how time-saving they can be.

Tip: Check out the full list of our keyboard shortcuts we have available. If you only use your keyboard to get around, learn about keyboard accessibility in Slack

 

View keyboard shortcuts

Keyboard shortcuts allow you to quickly perform an action without ever touching your mouse. What magic! ✨

With the Slack app open on your desktop, type the keys below to see a list of available shortcuts on the right side of the screen:

Action  Mac  Windows  
View all keyboard shortcuts in Slack  /   Ctrl/ 

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Use the Quick Switcher 

With the Quick Switcher, you can alternate between your different channels or conversations in a flash.

Action  Mac  Windows  
Open the Quick Switcher  K CtrlK

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Navigate unread conversations 

Getting caught up in Slack sounds time-consuming, but it doesn’t have to be! You can use a few shortcuts to navigate your unread conversations in Slack and catch up on everything you missed. 

Action Mac Windows 
Go to the next unread conversation OptionShift AltShift
Go to the previous unread conversation OptionShift AltShift

 

Tip: Click All Unreads below your workspace name in the top left to see all of your unread messages in one place.

 

Mark messages as unread and set reminders

Need to follow up on a message? Mark it unread to save it for later and to help you keep track of it. To do so, use one of these steps:

  • Hover over a message, hold down Option and click your mouse.
  • Click the   Show message actions icon and select Mark unread.

Note: If you tap and hold a message in one of the Slack mobile apps, you’ll see a special menu with the option to mark a message as unread.

To make sure you do come back to a message later, you can even set a reminder. Here's how:

  1. Hover on a message and click the   Show message actions icon.
  2. Hover on Remind me about this
  3. Select when you want to be notified.

 

Hop back to your previous channel

Have you stumbled down a rabbit hole? In Slack, you can easily retrace your steps. 🐰

Action  Mac  Windows  
Navigate back to the previous channel [ Alt

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