Tip of the Week: Keyboard Shortcuts for Slack

by | Jun 20, 2019

Collaboration is crucial in today’s work environment, which is one reason that solutions like Slack are so popular among businesses. Another reason that Slack is a popular option is how user-friendly it is – especially with the many shortcuts that are built in. We’ll go over a few of these shortcuts.

Navigating Slack

Open direct messages menu – Ctrl +Shift + K
Browse all channels – Ctrl + Shift + L
Previous (unread) channel or direct message – Alt (+ Shift) + Up Arrow
Next (unread) channel or direct message – Alt (+ Shift) + Down Arrow
Access the Quick Switcher – Ctrl + K
Switch to previous workspace –  Ctrl + Shift + Tab
Switch to the next workspace – Ctrl + Tab
Return to the previous channel – Alt + Left Arrow

Marking Up Your Messages

Mark all messages in current channel or direct message as read – Esc
Mark all messages as read – Shift + Esc
Mark a message as unread – Alt + Click

Creating Messages

Edit your last message – Up Arrow in empty message field (this shortcut changes to Ctrl + Up Arrow if Use up and down arrows to cycle through your typed history is enabled)
Bold selected text – Ctrl + B
Italicize selected text – Ctrl + I
Strikethrough selected text – Ctrl + Shift + X
Quote selected text – Ctrl + Shift + >
Convert selected text into a numbered list – Ctrl + Shift + 7
Convert selected text into a bulleted list – Ctrl + Shift + 8

Viewing All Keyboard Shortcuts in Slack

For a complete list of shortcuts in Slack, press Ctrl + /.

What other programs would you like to see shortcuts for? Let us know!

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