Take actions quickly from the shortcuts menu in Slack

Who can use this feature?
  • All members and guests
  • Free, Standard, Plus, and Enterprise Grid

Shortcuts in Slack help you get work done quickly and easily. Open the shortcuts menu by clicking the  lightning bolt icon to the left of the message field, then search for a specific action to find built-in Slack shortcuts, ex. setting your status, or browse the menu to see what’s available.

What to expect

  • When you open the shortcuts menu from a channel or direct message (DM), you may see actions specific to that conversation, like the option to add someone to the channel or start a Slack call.
  • Scroll to the Browse by app section of the shortcuts menu to view all shortcuts and slash commands offered by apps in your workspace.
  • In channels shared with external organizations, members can only use app shortcuts and slash commands installed to their own workspace.

Tip: If your workspace is on a paid plan, any workflows added to a channel will be visible at the top of the shortcuts menu when you open it from that channel.

Use shortcuts and slash commands

Follow the steps below to use a shortcut or slash command from the shortcuts menu.


Slash commands

  1. Click the  lightning bolt icon to the left of the message field to open the shortcuts menu.
  2. Search for and select the shortcut you'd like to use, then follow the prompts.
  1. Click the lightning bolt icon to the left of the message field or type a / forward slash in the message field of any conversation to open the shortcuts menu.
  2. Search for and select the slash command you'd like to use. 
  3. Following the slash command in the message field, add any other text you need to use the command. For example, you might type /remind list to view a list of your recent reminders. 
  4. Send your message. 


Built-in Slack shortcuts

Some Slack shortcuts will always be visible in the shortcuts menu in the Suggested section. Others can be used by searching for the action you want to take. Review the table below for a list of Slack’s built-in shortcuts:

Action Shortcut
Add someone to a channel Invite someone to this channel
Archive the current channel* Archive this channel
Browse Slack apps Browse apps
Browse channels in your workspace Browse channels
Browse files in your workspace Browse files
Create a code or text snippet Create a text snippet
Create a new channel* Create a channel
Create a new post Create a post
Create a workflow with Workflow Builder** Create a workflow
Edit the current channel’s description Edit this channel’s description
Find people in your workspace Browse people and user groups
Leave the current channel Leave this channel
Manage notifications for a channel or DM Change this [channel’s/group DM’s] notifications
Mute or unmute a conversation [Mute/unmute] this [channel/DM]
Open Workflow Builder** Open Workflow Builder
Remove someone from the current channel* Remove someone from this [channel/DM/group DM]
Rename the current channel* Rename this channel
Search Slack Search — for anything, anywhere in Slack
Send a new message with the compose button Send a new message
Set a reminder for yourself Set yourself a reminder
Set the current channel topic Edit this channel’s topic
Set your status to away or active Set yourself as [away/active]
Start a Slack call Start a call in this [channel/DM/group DM]
Turn dark mode on or off Toggle dark mode
Turn Do Not Disturb (DND) on or off [Pause/resume] all your notifications
View your DMs View all your DMs
View your downloaded files and images View all your downloads
View your draft messages View all your drafts
View your mentions & reactions View all your mentions & reactions
View your saved items View all your saved items
View Slack keyboard shortcuts View keyboard shortcuts

*May be restricted to owners and admins

**Only available on paid plans

App shortcuts and slash commands

Some Slack apps include shortcuts you can use to take actions in another service right from your workspace. Other apps rely on slash commands, another type of shortcut you can now find in the shortcuts menu. You can access slash commands by opening the shortcuts menu and searching for them, or use your keyboard to type a / and the text of the command you want to use.