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Tip of the Week: Keyboard Shortcuts for Slack

By June 8th, 2020No Comments

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!

Jeff Penner

Jeff Penner

Jeff has been in the managed services industry since 2015, understanding what business owners are looking for from technology, and helping them find it. The most important element for a business owner taking on a new technology partner is peace of mind and thus Jeff directs his efforts on finding practical information that any leader can apply to their business. Jeff lives in Vancouver, BC, sharing his love for learning and “the great indoors” with his 2 daughters.