5 Slack Shortcuts to Pump Up Communication and Productivity

This is a weekly series to help you get to know your computer/apps better by learning the shortcuts that help you move faster across or within the apps you know and love. It takes practice, but habit forming shortcut usage can add up to days worth of time savings in a year.

Nowadays, communication in the workplace is key to success. Apps like Slack have made it possible for employees to instantly chat and work together without having to send an email or pick up the phone. With Slack becoming a main source of communication between teams and a everyday usage app, we thought we’d share our five favorite slack shortcuts that make life a whole lot easier.

Slack shortcut: Mark messages as unread.

Like an email, you read a message on slack and want to come back to it to take action after some thought. Slack makes it easy to mark a message as read or unread. To mark it unread: click on the message and hold down the command+ Alt key to mark it has unread. Use the mobile app? Just tap the message and hold down.

Slack shortcut: Switching Channels

Multiple conversations going on in different channels? Always. So this next shortcut will help you go to one that you’ve either marked as super important or know to check out next thanks to your notifications blow up.

Bring up the “quick switcher” by using command+K on a Mac or control+K on a PC. In the box, start typing the channel and viola! It’ll pop up and you are able to click on it to head straight to the channel.

Slack shortcut: Files & Snippets

The great thing about slack is that it’s easy to upload a file in a channel or message, and then come back to it when needed. To upload a file is easy with this shortcut of command+U or control+U.

Slack shortcut: The Forward Slash

Ahhh, the forward slash. In slack, everyone’s used /giphy or /gifs at least once or twice to have a gif represent what they are trying to say. But did you know that there are other slashes that you can use to make your communication more productive? Check these examples out:


Slack Shortcut: Search

You know that one thing, that your one colleague added to a slack channel or chat? But you can’t find it? We feel you. That’s why we’re pretty happy that command+f is a shortcut that allows you to search throughout your entire slack app. Hit “command+f” and then the search bar will pull up for you to enter whatever you need to search!

Slack already makes it easy for you to communicate effectively with your team, but now you’ll become even more productive with these quick and easy shortcuts! Did we miss any shortcuts that are your favorite while using Slack? If so, let us know in the comments!

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