Slack Cheat Sheet: 105 Shortcuts, Commands, and Syntax to Know

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Slack Cheat Sheet: Slack tops the current crop of digital workspace tools. It’s powerful enough to handle both huge teams and complex projects well.

Slack Cheat Sheet: Shortcuts, Commands, and Syntax to KnowIf you use Slack at work, you’ll probably agree that its layout and feature set is quite complex. Fortunately, both these elements are well planned and easy to use. But with so much going on in the interface, it’s quite natural to miss out on several features unless you go looking for them specifically.

To remedy that, we decided to compile the best Slack tips into a cheat sheet for you. It contains keyboard shortcuts, search tricks, formatting syntax, and special commands that can speed up your Slack workflow. And the best part is that you can use them all without taking your hands off the keyboard! Slack Cheat Sheet.

The Slack Cheat Sheet: Shortcuts, Commands, and Syntax to Know

Keyboard Shortcuts
On a Mac keyboard, press Option instead of Alt and Cmd instead of Ctrl for shortcuts.
Ctrl + k OR
Ctrl + g OR
¹Ctrl + t
Open Quick Switcher
Ctrl + Shift + kBrowse DMs
¹Ctrl + Shift + tOpen Threads view
²Ctrl + Shift + aOpen All Unread view
Ctrl + Shift + lBrowse channel list
³Alt + Down ArrowJump to the next channel or DM
³Alt + Up ArrowJump to previous channel or DM
³Alt + Shift + Down ArrowJump to next unread channel or DM
³Alt + Shift + Up ArrowJump to previous unread channel or DM
Cmd + [ OR
Cmd + Left Arrow
Move back in history
Cmd + ] OR
Cmd + Right Arrow
Move forward in history
Ctrl + Shift + mOpen Activity pane
Ctrl + Shift + sOpen Starred Items pane
Ctrl + Shift + wOpen Workspace Directory
Ctrl + Shift + iOpen Channel Details pane
Ctrl + / (Slash)Open Keyboard Shortcuts pane
Ctrl + . (Period)Toggle right-hand pane
¹Ctrl + , (Comma)Open Preferences
Ctrl + Shift + [Switch to the previous workspace
Ctrl + Shift + ]Switch to next workspace
⁴Ctrl + [Number]Switch to a specific workspace
Ctrl + AltShow numbers assigned to workspaces in the sidebar
Ctrl + fSearch the current channel or DM
EscMark all messages in the current channel or DM as reading
Shift + EscMark all messages as read
⁵Alt + click messageMark message as the oldest unread message
Ctrl + Shift + YSet or edit your Slack status
Ctrl + uUpload file to current channel or DM
Ctrl + Shift + EnterCreate snippet in the current channel or DM
⁶Up ArrowEdit your last message in the current channel or DM
Shift + Up ArrowSelect text to the beginning of the current line in message draft
Shift + Down ArrowSelect text to end of the current line in message draft
Shift + EnterInsert a new line in message draft
Ctrl + bBold selected text
Ctrl + iItalicize selected text
Ctrl + Shift + xStrikethrough selected text
Ctrl + Shift + >Indent selected text
Ctrl + Shift + cFormat selected text as inline code
Ctrl + Shift + 7Format selected text as a numbered list
Ctrl + Shift + 8Format selected text as a bulleted list
@[Character]Show autocomplete options for display names
#[Character]Show autocomplete options for channel names
:[Character]Show autocomplete options for emoji
mToggle mute during call
vToggle video during call
+ (Plus) OR
Show invite list during call
e + (1-9)View and select emoji during call
@[username]Notify specific person
@hereNotify active members of the channel
@channelNotify all members of the channel, whether they’re active or not
@everyoneNotify all members of channel #general
Message Formatting Syntax
*text*Bold text
_text_Italicize text
~text~Strikethrough text
>textIndent single block of text
Indent multiple blocks of text
`text`Format single line of inline code
Format multiple lines of inline code
Format as a numbered list
text OR
• text
Format as a bulleted list
Search Modifiers
Add modifiers before or after the search keyword(s).
in:[channel]Search specific channel
in:[@username]Search specific DM
from:usernameSearch messages/files shared by a specific user
from:meSearch messages/files sent by you
⁷on:[date]Search using a specific date
⁸before:[date] OR
⁸after:[date] OR
Search using specific date or time frame
has:[:emoji:]Search for items with specific emoji
has:pinSearch for pinned items
has:starSearch for starred items
has:linkSearch for items with links
Slash Commands
Type in the message field and hit Enter.
/statusSet or clear your custom status
/awayToggle your “away” status
⁹/dnd for [Time] OR
⁹/dnd until [Time]
Schedule Do Not Disturb session
/dnd offTurn off Do Not Disturb
/expandExpand all inline images and videos in the current channel
/collapseCollapse all inline images and videos in the current channel
/feed subscribe [feed address]Subscribe to RSS feed in the current channel
/feed listList RSS feeds (and their ID numbers) for the current channel
/feed remove [ID number]Unsubscribe current channel from RSS feed
/feed helpGet help with /feed commands
/join [#channel]Join channel
/leave [#channel] OR
/close [#channel] OR
/part [#channel]
Leave channel
/leaveLeave current channel
/open [#channel]Open specific channel
/topic [text]The set topic for the current channel
/invite [@username] [#channel]Invite a member to channel
/remove [@username] OR
/kick [@username]
Remove the member from the current channel
/mute [#channel]Mute/unmute a specific channel
/muteMute/unmute current channel OR ¹Unfollow current thread
/starStar current channel or DM
/rename [new-name]Rename current channel
/archiveArchive current channel
/whoList members (up to 100) in the current channel
/msg [#channel] [message]Send a message to any channel
/msg [@username] [message] OR
/dm [@username] [message]
Send DM
/me [text]Display italicized text
/remind @me or [@username] or [#channel] to [What] [When]Set a reminder
/remind listView list of upcoming, past, or incomplete reminders
/remind helpGet help with /remind commands
/search [keyword(s)]Search messages and files
/shortcutsOpen Keyboard Shortcuts pane
/apps [app]Search for the app in Slack directory
/feedback [text]Send feedback or help request to Slack
/shrug [message]Add ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ to end of message
¹⁰/giphy [keyword(s)]Share a random GIF

¹Works only in desktop app.²Works only if you have enabled All Unread view under Preferences > Sidebar.³Includes starred channels and DMs.

⁴Press Ctrl + Alt or hover over the workspace logo in the sidebar to see the number assigned to a workspace.

⁵Use Ctrl + Alt + click on Linux.

⁶Ensure cursor is in the empty message field.

⁷Use MM/DD/YY(YY) or MM-DD-YY(YY) format for the date.

⁸Replace [date] with specific date or with keyword like today, yesterday, [day], [month], or [year]

⁹Use time descriptors like “for 20 mins”, “until 4 pm”, until tonight”, etc.

¹⁰Requires integration with the Giphy app. Slack Cheat Sheet

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