View all your unread messages

Browsing the All Unreads view on desktop lets you catch up on the messages you missed when you were away from Slack. While you're at it, you can act on those messages, too:

  • Scan what's new and mark channels as read
  • Add a reaction to a message, start a thread, or show message actions
  • Jump from the all unreads view to a channel to post a new message

Keep in mind: For now, all unreads is only available on desktop. Stay tuned for updates! 📰


Set your All Unreads view

  1. From your desktop, click your workspace name in the top left.
  2. Select Preferences from the menu.
  3. Click Sidebar.
  4. Check or uncheck the box next to Show All Unreads.

Note: Messages in muted or archived channels aren't included in the all unreads view.


Navigate unread messages

Sort unread channels

Decide how to prioritize your unread messages by changing how they’re sorted. You can sort messages alphabetically, by newest activity, or by oldest activity. On paid plans, you also sort scientifically — a view tailored to how you use Slack.

Mark messages as read

Click Mark as Read to clear that channel's messages when you've finished reading them. You can also scroll to the bottom of the all unreads view and click Mark All Messages Read.

  • If you clicked Mark as Read too quickly, just click Undo to keep those messages in your all unreads view. 
  • Save a channel's messages for later by clicking the  arrow icon beside the channel name to collapse it. Click the arrow again when you're ready to read the unread messages.

Refresh for new messages

When new messages become available while in the all unread view, the  syncing arrows icon will appear in the header. Click the icon to reveal a fresh batch of unread messages!

Message actions

You can't post new messages from the all unreads view, but you can star, share, add a reactionpinset a message reminder, or start a thread.

Jump to a channel

To post a message in a channel, or jump to the conversation, click the time stamp on any message to visit that channel.

Keyboard shortcuts

These shortcuts will help you get caught up even faster when you're in the all unreads view! ⚡️




Open the all unreads view



Mark messages as unread



Move between channels