Get around faster with keyboard shortcuts

There are a number of keyboard shortcuts to help you move around in Slack faster.  Learn more about our full list of keyboard shortcuts and keyboard accessibility in Slack.


View keyboard shortcuts

Keyboard shortcuts allow you to quickly perform an action without using your mouse. With the Slack app open on your desktop, type the keys below to see a list of available shortcuts on the right side of the screen:

Action  Mac  Windows/Linux  
View all keyboard shortcuts in Slack  /   Ctrl/ 


Use the Quick Switcher 

With the Quick Switcher, you can navigate between different channels and direct messages (DMs).

Action  Mac  Windows/Linux  
Open the Quick Switcher  K CtrlK


Navigate unread conversations 

You can use a few shortcuts to navigate your unread conversations in Slack and catch up on what you've missed. 

Action Mac Windows/Linux
Go to the next unread conversation OptionShift AltShift
Go to the previous unread conversation OptionShift AltShift


Tip: Click  All unread below your workspace name in the top left of your sidebar on desktop to see all of your unread messages in one place.


Mark messages as unread

Need to come back to a message? Mark it unread to save it for later:



  • Hover over a message, hold down the Option key and click your mouse.
  • Click the  More actions icon next to a message and select Mark as unread
  • Hover over a message, hold down the Alt key and click your mouse.
  • Click the  More actions icon next to a message, and select Mark as unread

Note: You can long-press a message in the Slack iOS or Android app to see a menu with the option to mark a message as unread.

Tip: If you want to come back to a message later, you can set a reminder.

Hop back to your previous channel

Retrace your steps in Slack by going back to channels and DMs that you have recently visited.

Action  Mac  Windows/Linux  
Navigate back to the previous channel [ Alt