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 on All unread 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 want to show or hide All unread at the top of your left sidebar, learn how to adjust your sidebar items.


Navigate unread messages

From All unread, 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 All unread view and click on Mark all messages read.

  • If you clicked on Mark as read too quickly, just click on Undo to keep those messages in your All unread 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 All unread 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 All unread 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 All unread view. 

 

Mac

Windows

Open the All unread view*

ShiftA

CtrlShiftA

Mark messages as unread

OptionClick

AltClick

Move between messages

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*Press Tab to move the focus to the message list.