View all your unread messages

Browsing all your unread messages from Slack on your desktop lets you catch up on the messages that you missed while you were away. While you're doing this, here are some ways that you can take actions on your unread messages:

View your unread messages

From your desktop, click Unreads at the top of your left sidebar. If you don’t see this option, click on   More to find it. Keep in mind that messages in muted or archived channels aren't included in this view.

Tip: If you'd like to show or hide Unreads at the top of your left sidebar, learn how to adjust your sidebar items.

Navigate unread messages

From Unreads, manage how you’d like to view unread messages to help you prioritise work in Slack.

Sort unread channels

Decide how to prioritise your unread messages by changing how they’re sorted. You can sort messages alphabetically, by newest activity or by oldest activity. On paid subscriptions, you can sort messages scientifically – a view tailored to how you use Slack.

Mark messages as read

Click on Mark as read to clear a channel's messages when you've read them. You can also scroll to the bottom of the Unreads view and click on Mark all messages as read.

  • If you clicked on Mark as read too quickly, just click on Undo to keep those messages in your Unreads view. 
  • When you want to come back to a channel's messages later, click on the  arrow icon beside the channel name to collapse it. Click on the icon again when you're ready to view the unread messages.

Refresh for new messages

When new messages become available while you're viewing the Unreads view, the
 syncing arrows icon will appear in the header. Click on the icon to reveal a fresh batch of unread messages.

Message shortcuts

You can't post new messages from the Unreads view, but you can save, share, add a reactionpinset a reminder or start a thread.

Jump to a channel

To post a message in a channel or jump to a conversation, click on the time stamp on any message to visit that channel.

Keyboard shortcuts

These shortcuts will help you to catch up with what's new even more quickly from the Unreads view. 

  Mac Windows
Open the Unreads view ShiftA CtrlShiftA
Move focus to the message list F6 F6
Move between messages or or
Mark a group of messages as read Esc Esc
Mark a message as unread OptionClick AltClick
Expand or collapse a group of messages or or