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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:
View all keyboard shortcuts in Slack
Use the Quick Switcher
With the Quick Switcher, you can navigate between different channels and direct messages (DMs).
Open the Quick Switcher
Navigate unread conversations
You can use a few shortcuts to navigate your unread conversations in Slack and catch up on what you've missed.
Go to the next unread conversation
Option Shift ↑
Alt Shift ↑
Go to the previous unread conversation
Option Shift ↓
Alt Shift ↓
Tip: Click below your workspace name in the top left of your sidebar on desktop to All unread 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
next to a message, and select More actions icon 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.
Navigate back to the previous channel