How to effectively use keyboard shortcuts in Slack

Make Slack keyboard shortcuts part of your daily use so you can be a master of collaboration.

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has become the de facto standard communication tool for equipment. Once you are aware of the best way to use the application, you will communicate and collaborate with unprecedented efficiency. But that's the key: catch up. Although the learning curve is not terribly steep, it does exist. While you are busy learning the ropes, your colleagues are busy collaborating. That's the last thing you want when you're on the move. Being mobile means that you must work with a level of efficiency that is not always necessary when you are in the office.

What are you doing? Use keyboard shortcuts. Slack developers have done a remarkable job of adding a metric ton of shortcuts to further facilitate the use of the service. But, because there are so many, the chances of him knowing and remembering them are slim.

For example, it may be difficult to remember that:

  • Ctrl + Shift + K opens the direct message browsing window
  • Ctrl + Shift + L opens the channel browsing window
  • Ctrl + Shift + Y allows you to set a status
  • F6 moves to the next section
  • Ctrl +. open the right panel
  • Ctrl + Shift + M opens the Activity window

The list continues. And in. And in. And in. In fact, it would be difficult to find an application with more keyboard shortcuts.

How to view the list of shortcuts in Slack

Before continuing, know that this only works with the Slack desktop client (since there are no keyboard shortcuts for the mobile application). With that bad news out of the way, to access the keyboard shortcuts help window, use the following combinations:

  • On macOS: Command + /
  • On Linux / Windows: Ctrl + /

After Press that key combination, the shortcut panel will open to reveal the available voltage shortcuts ( Figure a ).

Figure A

The loose keyboard shortcut panel.

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How to format shortcuts Slack

One of the most useful sets of shortcuts involves text formatting.As you can (or may not know), with Slack you can format text by doing things like wrapping a word or phrase in * for bold text *. , you don't have to remember that, since you can use keyboard shortcuts for the same purpose. Highlight the text you want to format and use one of the following shortcuts:

  • Ctrl + B for bold
  • Ctrl + I to italic
  • Ctrl + Shift + X for strikethrough
  • Ctrl + Shift + C for code
  • Ctrl + Shift + 8 for bullet ed list
  • Ctrl + Shift + 7 for the numbered list
    [19659009] Ctrl + Shift +> for the appointment

Although it seems a bit difficult to remember, we tend to remember keyboard shortcuts more easily once we have used them enough, we format statements such as ~ crossed out ~ and * bold *.

And that, my friends, is how you can effectively use Slack keyboard shortcuts. It's not even remotely difficult, but introducing some of these shortcuts into muscle memory will make your use of Slack exponentially more efficient. Just remember to open that shortcut reference panel, so you can learn a new shortcut from time to time.

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