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Collaboration is crucial in today’s work environment, especially now with many businesses being remote or having employees working from home, which is one reason that solutions like Slack are so popular among businesses. Another reason that Slack is a popular option is how user-friendly it is, especially with the many shortcuts that are built in. We’ll go over a few of these keyboard shortcuts for Slack so that you and your business can benefit from them.

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Navigating Slack

You cannot succeed in Slack if you don’t have the workaround to navigate it in the first place.

Open direct messages menu – Ctrl +Shift + K
Browse all channels – Ctrl + Shift + L
Previous (unread) channel or direct message – Alt (+ Shift) + Up Arrow
Next (unread) channel or direct message – Alt (+ Shift) + Down Arrow
Access the Quick Switcher – Ctrl + K
Switch to previous workspace –  Ctrl + Shift + Tab
Switch to the next workspace – Ctrl + Tab
Return to the previous channel – Alt + Left Arrow

Marking Up Your Messages

Marking up messages can save you and your team time having to go through and read new ones.

Mark all messages in current channel or direct message as read – Esc
Mark all messages as read – Shift + Esc
Mark a message as unread – Alt + Click

Creating Messages

Creating messages to read your team quickly is easy through Slack.

Edit your last message – Up Arrow in empty message field (this shortcut changes to Ctrl + Up Arrow if Use up and down arrows to cycle through your typed history is enabled)
Bold selected text – Ctrl + B
Italicize selected text – Ctrl + I
Strikethrough selected text – Ctrl + Shift + X
Quote selected text – Ctrl + Shift + >
Convert selected text into a numbered list – Ctrl + Shift + 7
Convert selected text into a bulleted list – Ctrl + Shift + 8

Viewing All Keyboard Shortcuts in Slack

The shortcuts don’t have to end there. For a complete list of keyboard shortcuts for Slack, press Ctrl + /.

What other programs would you like to see shortcuts for? Let us know in the comments, and make sure you subscribe so you don’t miss them! If you are in need of any it support or it services, check out our managed IT services page for more information about how we can help your business’s technology!

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