The Slack Cheat Sheet: Shortcuts, Commands, and Syntax to Know

Slack tops the current crop of digital workspace tools. It’s powerful enough to handle both huge teams and complex projects well.
If you use Slack at work, you’ll probably agree that its layout and feature set are quite complex. Fortunately, both these elements are well planned and easy to use. But with so much going on in the interface, it’s quite natural to miss out on several features unless you go looking for them specifically.
To remedy that, we decided to compile the best Slack tips into a cheat sheet for you. It contains keyboard shortcuts, search tricks, formatting syntax, and special commands that can speed up your Slack workflow. And the best part is that you can use them all without taking your hands off the keyboard!
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The Slack Cheat Sheet : Shortcuts, Commands, and Syntax to Know


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Keyboard Shortcuts
On a Mac keyboard, press Option instead of Alt and Cmd instead of Ctrl for shortcuts.

Ctrl + k OR

Ctrl + g OR
¹Ctrl + tOpen Quick Switcher

Ctrl + Shift + kBrowse DMs

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¹Ctrl + Shift + tOpen Threads view

²Ctrl + Shift + aOpen All Unreads view

Ctrl + Shift + lBrowse channel list

³Alt + Down ArrowJump to next channel or DM

³Alt + Up ArrowJump to previous channel or DM

³Alt + Shift + Down ArrowJump to next unread channel or DM

³Alt + Shift + Up ArrowJump to previous unread channel or DM

Cmd + [ OR

Cmd + Left ArrowMove back in history

Cmd + ] OR
Cmd + Right ArrowMove forward in history

Ctrl + Shift + mOpen Activity pane

Ctrl + Shift + sOpen Starred Items pane

Ctrl + Shift + wOpen Workspace Directory

Ctrl + Shift + iOpen Channel Details pane

Ctrl + / (Slash)Open Keyboard Shortcuts pane

Ctrl + . (Period)Toggle right-hand pane

¹Ctrl + , (Comma)Open Preferences

Ctrl + Shift + [Switch to previous workspace

Ctrl + Shift + ]Switch to next workspace

⁴Ctrl + [Number]Switch to specific workspace

Ctrl + AltShow numbers assigned to workspaces in sidebar

Ctrl + fSearch the current channel or DM

EscMark all messages in current channel or DM as read

Shift + EscMark all messages as read

⁵Alt + click messageMark message as oldest unread message

Ctrl + Shift + YSet or edit your Slack status

Ctrl + uUpload file to current channel or DM

Ctrl + Shift + EnterCreate snippet in current channel or DM

⁶Up ArrowEdit your last message in current channel or DM

Shift + Up ArrowSelect text to beginning of current line in message draft

Shift + Down ArrowSelect text to end of current line in message draft

Shift + EnterInsert new line in message draft

Ctrl + bBold selected text

Ctrl + iItalicize selected text

Ctrl + Shift + xStrike through selected text

Ctrl + Shift + >Indent selected text

Ctrl + Shift + cFormat selected text as inline code

Ctrl + Shift + 7Format selected text as numbered list

Ctrl + Shift + 8Format selected text as bulleted list

@[Character]Show autocomplete options for display names

#[Character]Show autocomplete options for channel names

:[Character]Show autocomplete options for emoji

mToggle mute during call

vToggle video during call

+ (Plus) OR
aShow invite list during call

e + (1-9)View and select emoji during call

@[username]Notify specific person

@hereNotify active members of channel

@channelNotify all members of channel, whether they’re active or not

@everyoneNotify all members of channel #general

Message Formatting Syntax

*text*Bold text

_text_Italicize text

~text~Strike through text

>textIndent single block of text


textIndent multiple blocks of text

`text`Format single line of inline code


text“`Format multiple lines of inline code


2.Format as numbered list

text OR
• textFormat as bulleted list

Search Modifiers
Add modifiers before or after search keyword(s).

in:[channel]Search specific channel

in:[@username]Search specific DM

from:usernameSearch messages/files shared by specific user

from:meSearch messages/files sent by you

⁷on:[date]Search using specific date

⁸before:[date] OR
⁸after:[date] OR
⁸during:[date]Search using specific date or time frame

has:[:emoji:]Search for items with specific emoji

has:pinSearch for pinned items

has:starSearch for starred items

has:linkSearch for items with links

Slash Commands
Type in the message field and hit Enter.

/statusSet or clear your custom status

/awayToggle your “away” status

⁹/dnd for [Time] OR
⁹/dnd until [Time]Schedule Do Not Disturb session

/dnd offTurn off Do Not Disturb

/expandExpand all inline images and videos in current channel

/collapseCollapse all inline images and videos in current channel

/feed subscribe [feed address]Subscribe to RSS feed in current channel

/feed listList RSS feeds (and their ID numbers) for current channel

/feed remove [ID number]Unsubscribe current channel from RSS feed

/feed helpGet help with /feed commands

/join [#channel]Join channel

/leave [#channel] OR

/close [#channel] OR

/part [#channel]Leave channel

/leaveLeave current channel

/open [#channel]Open specific channel

/topic [text]Set topic for current channel

/invite [@username] [#channel]Invite member to channel

/remove [@username] OR
/kick [@username]Remove member from current channel

/mute [#channel]Mute/unmute specific channel

/muteMute/unmute current channel OR ¹Unfollow current thread

/starStar current channel or DM

/rename [new-name]Rename current channel

/archiveArchive current channel

/whoList members (up to 100) in current channel

/msg [#channel] [message]Send message to any channel

/msg [@username] [message] OR
/dm [@username] [message]Send DM

/me [text]Display italicized text

/remind @me or [@username] or [#channel] to [What] [When]Set a reminder

/remind listView list of upcoming, past, or incomplete reminders

/remind helpGet help with /remind commands

/search [keyword(s)]Search messages and files

/shortcutsOpen Keyboard Shortcuts pane

/apps [app]Search for app in Slack directory

/feedback [text]Send feedback or help request to Slack

/shrug [message]Add ¯_(ツ)_/¯ to end of message

¹⁰/giphy [keyword(s)]Share a random GIF

¹Works only in desktop app.

²Works only if you have enabled All Unreads view under Preferences > Sidebar.

³Includes starred channels and DMs.

⁴Press Ctrl + Alt or hover over workspace logo in sidebar to see number assigned to workspace.

⁵Use Ctrl + Alt + click on Linux.

⁶Ensure cursor is in empty message field.

⁷Use MM/DD/YY(YY) or MM-DD-YY(YY) format for date.

⁸Replace [date] with specific date or with keyword like today, yesterday, [day], [month], or [year]

⁹Use time descriptors like “for 20 mins”, “until 4pm”, until tonight”, etc.

¹⁰Requires integration with Giphy app.

Take Control of Your Slack Workspace
Slack not only saves you from the clutches of email at work, but also makes your online office feel more like an offline one, complete with water-cooler chats. Once you master Slack and learn how to navigate it faster, your days at the office will be a lot more fun!
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