Tip of the Week: Keyboard Shortcuts for Slack

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 + /.

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