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Slack keyboard shortcuts

Keyboard shortcuts help you navigate Slack with minimal effort. You can see a quick list of shortcuts by pressing / (Mac) and Ctrl/ (Windows/Linux), or take a look at the detailed lists below.

Why use keyboard shortcuts?

Note: You can't set custom keyboard shortcuts for Slack, but we may add this in the future. For now, use the shortcut above to see a quick list.

Using an international keyboard? Some shortcuts may differ from what’s listed below (they're marked with an * asterisk). See Manage your keyboard layout for shortcuts specific to your keyboard.


Navigation

Mac

Windows/Linux

Action

Mac

Jump to a conversation

K

T**

Navigation:
Move focus to the next section

F6

Navigation:
Move focus to the previous section

ShiftF6

Browse direct messages

ShiftK

Browse channels

ShiftL

Compose a new message

N

Open the Threads view**

ShiftT

Previous unread channel or DM

OptionShift

Next unread channel or DM

OptionShift

Previous channel or DM visited

[

Next channel or DM visited

]

Open your preferences**

,

Channel info pane

ShiftI

Mentions & reactions**

ShiftM

People

ShiftE

Saved items

ShiftS

Set a status

ShiftY

Search current channel or conversation

F

Open previous search 

G

Toggle full screen view

^F

Collapse or open the right sidebar

.

Collapse or open the left sidebar

ShiftD


**This shortcut only works on the Slack desktop app.

Action

Windows/Linux

Jump to a conversation

CtrlK

CtrlT**

Navigation:
Move focus to the next section

F6

Navigation:
Move focus to the previous section

ShiftF6

Browse direct messages

CtrlShiftK

Browse channels

CtrlShiftL

Compose a new message

CtrlN

Open the Threads view** CtrlShiftT
Previous unread channel or DM  AltShift
Next unread channel or DM  AltShift
Previous channel or DM visited Alt
Next channel or DM visited Alt

Open your preferences**

Ctrl,
Channel info pane CtrlShiftI
Mentions & reactions** CtrlShiftM
People CtrlShiftE
Saved items CtrlShiftS
Set a status CtrlShiftY
Search current channel or conversation CtrlF
Open previous search  CtrlG

Toggle full screen view

(Only when the message field is not in focus)

CtrlShiftF
Collapse or expand the right sidebar Ctrl.

Collapse or expand the left sidebar

CtrlShiftD


**This shortcut only works on the Slack desktop app.


All Unreads navigation

To learn about this feature and how to turn it on, visit View all your unread messages.

Mac

Windows/Linux

Action

Mac

Open All Unreads view

ShiftA

Mark messages as unread

Option + click a message

Move between messages

or

Open and collapse channels

or

Action

Windows/Linux

Open All Unreads view

CtrlShiftA

Mark messages as unread

Alt+ click a message

Move between messages

or

Open and collapse channels

or


Switch workspaces

Mac

Windows/Linux

Action

Mac

Switch to previous workspace

Shift[

Switch to next workspace

Shift]

Switch to a specific workspace (see assigned number under the workspace icon in your Slack app)

[number]

Action

Windows/Linux

Switch to previous workspace

CtrlShiftTab (Windows)

CtrlShift[(Linux)

Switch to next workspace

CtrlTab (Windows)

Ctrl](Linux)

Switch to a specific workspace (see assigned number under the workspace icon in your Slack app) Ctrl[number]


Mark messages read or unread

Mac

Windows/Linux

Action

Mac

Mark all messages in current channel or DM as read

Esc

Mark all messages as read

ShiftEsc

Set a message as your oldest unread message

Option+ click a message

Action

Windows/Linux

Mark all messages in current channel or DM as read

Esc

Mark all messages as read

ShiftEsc

Set a message as your oldest unread message

Alt+ click a message
(Windows)

CtrlAlt+ click a message (Linux)


Take an action on a message

When you press F6 to select a message and bring it into focus, you can use these one-key keyboard shortcuts to take different actions. Use and to navigate through messages.

Action

 

Edit your message

E

Add an emoji reaction

R

Open or reply to a thread

T or

Pin or unpin a message

P

Share a message

S

Save a message or remove from Saved items

A

Mark as unread starting from a message

U

Delete your message

Delete

Create a reminder about a message

M

Tip: To learn how to set your ↑ up arrow key preference, visit Keyboard accessibility in Slack.


Format messages

Make sure your cursor is in the message field to perform these shortcuts.

Mac

Windows/Linux

Action

Mac

Edit your last message

↑ 
in empty message field

Select text to beginning of current line

Shift

Select text to end of current line

Shift

Create a new line in your message

ShiftEnter

Add an emoji reaction to a message*
(May vary by keyboard)

Shift\

Bold selected text

B

Italicize selected text

I

Strikethrough selected text

ShiftX

Quote selected text

Shift9

Code selected text

ShiftC

Codeblock selected text

AltShiftC

Turn selected text into a numbered list

Shift7

Turn selected text into a bulleted list

Shift8

Apply formatting when you copy and paste text in markdown from another source into Slack

ShiftF

Undo message formatting

Z

Action

Windows/Linux

Edit your last message

Ctrl↑ 
in empty message field

Select text to beginning of current line

Shift

Select text to end of current line

Shift

Create a new line in your message

ShiftEnter

Add an emoji reaction to a message* 
(May vary by keyboard)

CtrlShift\

Bold selected text

CtrlB

Italicize selected text

CtrlI

Strikethrough selected text

CtrlShiftX

Quote selected text

CtrlShift9

Code selected text

CtrlShiftC

Code block selected text

CtrlAltShiftC

Turn selected text into a numbered list

CtrlShift7

Turn selected text into a bulleted list

CtrlShift8

Apply formatting when you copy and paste text in markdown from another source into Slack

CtrlShiftF

Undo message formatting

(Only when the message field is in focus)

CtrlZ


Files and snippets

Mac

Windows/Linux

Action

Mac

Upload file

U

View all downloaded files

ShiftJ

Create new snippet

ShiftEnter

Action

Windows/Linux

Upload file

CtrlU

View all downloaded files

CtrlShiftJ
Create new snippet CtrlShiftEnter


Call actions

Mac

Windows/Linux

Action

Mac

Toggle mute on and off
(Hold down to talk when muted)

M

Toggle video on and off

V

Show invite list

+ or A

View and select an emoji reaction

E then 1 - 9

Action

Windows/Linux

Toggle mute on and off
(Hold down to talk when muted)

M
Toggle video on and off V
Show invite list + or A
View and select an emoji reaction E then 1 - 9

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