Open separate windows in Slack

To multi-task and keep up with a few channels or direct messages (DMs) at once, open new windows in the Slack desktop app. You can have as many windows as you'd like, and drag and drop them to organize your screen.

Opening a channel in a new window from the sidebar in the Slack desktop app

Open a new window

Conversations

You can open any channel or DM in a window. 

  1. From your desktop, press Cmd (Mac) or Ctrl (Windows/Linux).
  2. Click the name of a channel or DM in your left sidebar to open it in a window.


Mentions and reactions

Stay up to date with your Mentions & reactions by keeping the page open in a window alongside Slack.

  1. From your desktop, press Cmd (Mac) or Ctrl (Windows/Linux).
  2. Click   Mentions & reactions at the top of your left sidebar to open it in a window. 


Threads

Open a thread in a new window to follow along with a conversation after you navigate to another channel or page.

  1. From your desktop, open a thread.
  2. Click the   window icon to open it in a window.


Canvases

When you open a canvas from your sidebar or click on a link, it will automatically open in a new window. Here's how to open a channel or DM's canvas in a window:

  1. Open the canvas. 
  2. Click the  three dots icon
  3. Select Open in new window.

Note: Canvases are rolling out gradually. We appreciate your patience as we make them available to everyone.

To multi-task and keep up with a few channels or direct messages (DMs) at once, open new windows in the Slack desktop app. You can have as many windows as you'd like, and drag and drop them to organize your screen.

Opening a channel in a new window from the sidebar in the Slack desktop app

Open a new window

Conversations

You can open any channel or DM in Slack in a separate window. 

  1. From   Home, press Cmd (Mac) or Ctrl (Windows/Linux).
  2. Click the name of a channel or DM to open it in a window.


Threads

Open a thread in a new window to continue to follow along with a conversation while you navigate to another channel or page in Slack.

  1. From your desktop, open a thread.
  2. Click the   window icon to open it in a window.


Activity and Later tabs

To keep Activity or Later open while you navigate between tabs and conversations, you can open it in a new window.

  1. From your desktop, hover over Activity or Later to reveal a preview of the tab.
  2. Click the   window icon to open it in a window.

Tip: You can also open a separate window by pressing (Mac) or Ctrl (Windows) when clicking Activity or Later in your sidebar.


Canvases

A standalone canvas will automatically open in a new window. To open a channel or DM canvas in a separate window, use the steps below:

  1. Open the canvas. 
  2. Click the  three dots icon
  3. Select Open in new window.