Send and read messages

In Slack, conversations happen in channels and direct messages (DMs). To join in a conversation, learn how to send and read messages. 

What makes a message

The message input field with plus icon, mentions icon and formatting icon highlighted

Messages can be more than just words. As you’re typing your message, use the icons below the message field to add attachments, formatting and more:


Send or schedule messages

You can send messages in real time, or schedule them to send later. If you start writing a message and don’t send it, it’ll automatically save as a draft.

Desktop

Mobile

  1. Open the channel or DM that you’d like to send a message to, or click on the
      compose button.
  2. Click on the message field.
  3. Type your message and add any attachments, emoji, mentions or formatting that you want.
  4. Press Enter to send your message. Or click the  arrow icon (next to the  paper plane icon) to schedule it for later. 
  1. Open the channel or DM that you'd like to send a message to.
  2. Tap the message field.
  3. Type your message and add any attachments, emoji, mentions or formatting that you want.
  4. Tap the  paper plane icon to send your message, or tap and hold the icon to schedule it for later.

Note: It’s not possible to schedule a reply to a thread.


Manage draft, scheduled and sent messages

Desktop

Mobile

  1. Click on  Drafts & sent at the top of your sidebar to view any messages that you’ve drafted, scheduled or sent.
  2. Select the Drafts, Scheduled or Sent tab to view your messages.

Tip: Hover over a draft or scheduled message to view options (such as editing, deleting and more), or click on a sent message to jump to the conversation.

Manage drafts

  1. From the  Home tab, tap Drafts at the top.
  2. Tap a message to open it, or tap and hold to delete, edit, schedule or send it.


Manage scheduled messages

  1. From the  Home tab, tap Scheduled at the top.
  2. Tap and hold a message to edit, reschedule, send, cancel or delete it.


Read new messages

Desktop

Mobile

A bold channel or DM in your sidebar means that there are unread messages in the conversation. Click on the conversation name to view the unread messages.

You can also click on Unread messages at the top of your sidebar to see all your unread messages in one place.

A bold channel or DM in your channel list means that there are unread messages in the conversation. Click on the conversation name to view the unread messages.

Note: You can mark messages as unread to come back to them later. Hover over a message, click on the  three dots, then Mark unread (on mobile, tap and hold a message, then tap Mark unread).

In Slack, conversations happen in channels and direct messages (DMs). To join in a conversation, learn how to send and read messages. 

What makes a message

Messages can be more than just words. As you’re typing your message, use the icons below the message field to add attachments, formatting and more:


Send or schedule messages

You can send messages in real time, or schedule them to send later. If you start writing a message and don’t send it, it’ll automatically save as a draft.

Desktop

Mobile

  1. Open the channel or DM that you’d like to send a message to, or click on the
      plus button in the sidebar and select   Message.
  2. Click on the message field.
  3. Type your message and add any attachments, emoji, mentions or formatting that you want.
  4. Press Enter to send your message. Or click the  arrow icon (next to the  paper plane icon) to schedule it for later. 
  1. Open the channel or DM that you'd like to send a message to.
  2. Tap the message field.
  3. Type your message and add any attachments, emoji, mentions or formatting that you want.
  4. Tap the  paper plane icon to send your message, or tap and hold the icon to schedule it for later.

Note: It’s not possible to schedule a reply to a thread.


Manage draft, scheduled and sent messages

Desktop

Mobile

  1. Click on  Drafts & sent at the top of your sidebar to view any messages that you’ve drafted, scheduled or sent.
  2. Select the Drafts, Scheduled or Sent tab to view your messages.

Tip: Hover over a draft or scheduled message to view options (such as editing, deleting and more), or click on a sent message to jump to the conversation.

Manage drafts

  1. From the  Home tab, tap Drafts & Sent at the top.
  2. Tap a message to open it, or tap and hold to delete, edit, schedule or send it.


Manage scheduled messages

  1. From the  Home tab, tap Drafts & Sent at the top.
  2. Tap the Scheduled tab.
  3. Tap and hold a message to edit, reschedule, send, cancel or delete it.


Read new messages

Desktop

Mobile

A bold channel or DM in the sidebar in  Home means that there are unread messages in the conversation. Click on the conversation name to view the unread messages.

You can also click on Unread messages at the top of your sidebar to see all your unread messages in one place.

A bold channel or DM in the   Home tab means that there are unread messages in the conversation. Tap the conversation name to view the unread messages.

You can also tap   Catch Up to see all of your unread messages in one place. To mark a message as read, swipe right. To mark it as unread so that you can come back to it later, swipe left.

Note: You can mark messages as unread to come back to them later. Hover over a message, click on the  three dots, then Mark unread (on mobile, tap and hold a message, then tap Mark unread).