Navigate using the Quick Switcher

The Quick Switcher is the fastest and simplest way to get around in Slack. Use it to quickly jump between channels, direct messages (DM), and even multiple workspaces.


Overview

  • Find channels, messages, and files all in one place
  • Switch quickly to channels you’re mentioned in or to unread DMs
  • See frequently visited channels and DMs at the top of the list


Use the Quick Switcher

Desktop

iOS

Android

From your desktop, press K (Mac) or CtrlK (Windows/Linux) and start searching:

Find a channel

  • Start typing its name. To show only public channels, type # before you enter the name.

Open a direct message or group DM

  • Start typing a teammate's name. To show only direct messages, type @ before entering a name.

Switch to another workspace

  • Type the workspace's name (only available on the desktop app).

Use  , , Tab, or scroll through the list. Once you’ve found what you're looking for, press Return to open it.

Swipe from left to right to open the channel list, then use the Jump to field to search for specific channels or DMs.

Find a channel

  • Start typing its name. To show only public channels, type # before you enter the name.

Open a direct message or group DM

  • Start typing a teammate's name. To show only direct messages, type @ before entering a name.

Once you’ve found what you're looking for, simply tap to open it.

Swipe from left to right to open the channel list, then use the Jump to field to search for specific channels or DMs.

Find a channel

  • Start typing its name. To show only public channels, type # before you enter the name.

Open a direct message or group DM

  • Start typing a teammate's name. To show only direct messages, type @ before entering a name.

Once you’ve found what you're looking for, simply tap to open it.


Add the Quick Switcher to your sidebar

On the desktop app you can add the Quick Switcher to your channel sidebar for easier access. Here’s how:

  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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