Slack keyboard shortcuts

Keyboard shortcuts help you navigate Slack with minimal effort. You can see a quick list of shortcuts by pressing / (Mac) and Ctrl/ (Windows/Linux) or take a look at the detailed lists below.

Why use keyboard shortcuts?

Note: You can’t set custom keyboard shortcuts for Slack, but we might add this feature in future! For the time being, use the shortcut above to see a quick list.

Using an international keyboard? Some shortcuts may differ from what’s listed below (they’re marked with an asterisk symbol, *). See Manage your keyboard layout for shortcuts specific to your keyboard.


Navigation

Mac

Windows/Linux

Action

Mac

Quick Switcher

(T is desktop app only.)

K

T

Navigate by section

F6

Open Direct messages menu

ShiftK

Browse all channels

ShiftL

Open the Threads view**

ShiftT

Previous unread channel or DM

OptionShift

Next unread channel or DM

OptionShift

Previous channel or DM visited

[

Next channel or DM visited

]

Preferences**

,

Open or close right pane

.

Channel info pane

ShiftI

Activity

ShiftM

Directory

ShiftE

Starred items

ShiftS

Search current channel or conversation

F

Open previous search 

G

Toggle full screen view

^F


**This shortcut only works on the Slack desktop app.

Action

Windows/Linux

Quick Switcher

(T is desktop app only.)

CtrlK

CtrlT

Open Direct messages menu

CtrlShiftK

Browse all channels

CtrlShiftL

Open the Threads view** CtrlShiftT
Previous unread channel or DM  AltShift
Next unread channel or DM  AltShift
Previous channel or DM visited Alt
Next channel or DM visited Alt

Preferences**

Ctrl,
Open or close right pane Ctrl.
Channel info pane CtrlShiftI
Activity CtrlShiftM
Directory CtrlShiftE
Starred items CtrlShiftS
Search current channel or conversation CtrlF
Open previous search  CtrlG
Toggle full screen view CtrlShiftF


**This shortcut only works on the Slack desktop app.


All unread navigation

To learn about this feature and how to turn it on, see View all your unread messages.

Mac

Windows/Linux

Action

Mac

Open All unread view

ShiftA

Mark messages as unread

Option + click a message

Move between channels

or

Open and collapse channel sections

or

Action

Windows/Linux

Open All unread view

CtrlShiftA

Mark messages as unread

Alt+ click a message

Move between channels

or

Open and collapse channel sections

or


Switch workspaces

Mac

Windows/Linux

Action

Mac

Switch to previous workspace

Shift[

Switch to next workspace

Shift]

Switch to a specific workspace (see assigned number under the workspace icon in your Slack app)

[number]

Action

Windows/Linux

Switch to previous workspace

CtrlShiftTab (Windows)

CtrlShift[(Linux)

Switch to next workspace

CtrlTab (Windows)

Ctrl](Linux)

Switch to a specific workspace (see assigned number under the workspace icon in your Slack app) Ctrl[number]


Mark messages read or unread

Mac

Windows/Linux

Action

Mac

Mark all messages in current channel or DM as read

Esc

Mark all messages as read

ShiftEsc

Set a message as your oldest unread message

Option+ click a message

Action

Windows/Linux

Mark all messages in current channel or DM as read

Esc

Mark all messages as read

ShiftEsc

Set a message as your oldest unread message

Alt+ click a message
(Windows)

CtrlAlt+ click a message (Linux)


Message shortcuts

Note: Make sure your cursor is in the message field to perform these shortcuts.

Mac

Windows/Linux

Action

Mac

Edit your last message

in empty message field

Select text to beginning of current line

Shift

Select text to end of current line

Shift

Create a new line in your message

ShiftEnter

Add emoji reactions to a message*
(May vary by keyboard)

Shift\

Bold selected text

B

Italicise selected text

I

Cross out selected text (strikethrough)

ShiftX

Quote selected text

Shift9

Code selected text

ShiftC

Codeblock selected text

AltShiftC

Turn selected text into a numbered list

Shift7

Turn selected text into a bullet-point list

Shift8

Set or edit your status

ShiftY

Action

Windows/Linux

Edit your last message

in empty message field

Select text to beginning of current line

Shift

Select text to end of current line

Shift

Create a new line in your message

ShiftEnter

Add emoji reactions to a message* 
(May vary by keyboard)

CtrlShift\

Bold selected text

CtrlB

Italicise selected text

CtrlI

Cross out selected text (strikethrough)

CtrlShiftX

Quote selected text

CtrlShift9

Code selected text

CtrlShiftC

Code block selected text

CtrlAltShiftC

Turn selected text into a numbered list

CtrlShift7

Turn selected text into a bullet-point list

CtrlShift8

Set or edit your status

CtrlShiftY


Files and snippets

Mac

Windows/Linux

Action

Mac

Upload file

U

Create new snippet

ShiftEnter

Action

Windows/Linux

Upload file

CtrlU
Create new snippet CtrlShiftEnter


Call actions

Mac

Windows/Linux

Action

Mac

Toggle mute on and off
(Hold down to talk when muted)

M

Toggle video on and off

V

Show invitation list

+ or A

View and select an emoji reaction

E then 19

Action

Windows/Linux

Toggle mute on and off
(Hold down to talk when muted)

M
Toggle video on and off V
Show invitation list + or A
View and select an emoji reaction E then 19