How to use the Quick Switcher

The Quick Switcher is an easy way to move in Slack without leaving your keyboard. With two keystrokes, jump between direct messages (DMs), channels, and even multiple workspaces.

  • Frequently visited channels and DMs appear first for faster access
  • If someone's mentioned you in a channel or you get a DM, you can quickly jump to the conversation 

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Use the Quick Switcher  

Mac

Windows/Linux

On desktop, use the keyboard shortcut  K or T (on Slack for Mac app only).

  • To find a channel, start typing its name. To show only public channels, type # before you enter the name.
  • To open a direct message or group DM, start typing a teammate's name. To show only direct messages, type @ before entering a name.
  • To switch to another workspace, type the workspace's name (on Slack for Mac app only).

Use  , , Tab, or scroll through the list. Once you’ve found what you're looking for, press Enter to jump directly there.

On desktop, use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl K.

  • To find a channel, start typing its name. To show only public channels, type # before you enter the name.
  • To open a direct message or group DM, start typing a teammate's name. To show only direct messages, type @ before entering a name.
  • To switch to another workspace, type the workspace's name (on Slack for Windows app only).

Use  , , Tab, or scroll through the list. Once you’ve found what you're looking for, press Enter to jump directly there.

Tip: Using Slack for iOS or Android, swipe from left to right to open the channel list in the left sidebar, then use the Jump to conversation... field up top. It'll work just like the desktop Quick Switcher! 😉


Add the Quick Switcher to your sidebar

If you prefer not to use your keyboard, here's how to add the Quick Switcher to your channel sidebar.

  1. From your desktop, click your workspace name in the top left.
  2. Select Preferences from the menu.
  3. Click Sidebar
  4. Under Additional options, check Show the Quick Switcher.

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