How to select and edit messages with the up arrow in slack

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If you’re a new Slack user and press the Up arrow key on your keyboard, the productivity app moves your highlighted focus to the message list. Here’s how you can change the Up arrow’s functionality to edit your last-sent message quickly.

Start by launching the Slack client on your Windows 10 PC, Mac, or Linux computer, or opening the Slack web app in the browser of your choice. From there, click on your workspace’s name found in the top-left corner of the window.

How to select and edit messages with the up arrow in slack

Select the “Preferences” option from the drop-down menu.

How to select and edit messages with the up arrow in slack

Next, navigate to the “Accessibility” tab and choose the “Edit Your Last Message” option under the “Press [Up Arrow] In The Empty Message Field To” listing.

How to select and edit messages with the up arrow in slack

You can now exit the menu and open a Slack conversation. Click into the empty text box and then press the Up arrow key on your keyboard.

How to select and edit messages with the up arrow in slack

Now, without having to first click into an options menu, you can edit your last message. When you’re done, hit the Enter key or click the “Save Changes” button.

A small “Edited” text box will appear on the right side of your message to let everyone know that the original communication was altered. Slack doesn’t offer a revision history, so don’t worry about your coworkers going back and checking out your typo.

How to select and edit messages with the up arrow in slack

Slack is an incredible communication tool for teams of all shapes and sizes. In order to provide a comprehensive chat and sharing solution, Slack has tons of capabilities beyond just the basic chat functionality. And much of these capabilities can be implemented with easy keyboard shortcuts. Here are some of the best Slack keyboard shortcuts you should absolutely know about.

Up – Edit that last message

Did you just send a message to the channel with an obvious error, like the wrong copy-paste content? Instead of grabbing your mouse, clicking the options on the message, and clicking the edit option, you can instead just hit the “Up” arrow on your keyboard. From your message-entry box, hitting Up will immediately take you to edit the message you just sent.

Ctrl+B and Ctrl+I – Emphasizing your messages

Slack supports all kinds of markdown to format your messages, but the familiar shortcuts for bold and italicized characters are as valuable here as they are in Word.

Shift+Enter – A whole new line

You’re likely sending messages by hitting Enter, but did you know that you can add line breaks to your messages with Shift+Enter?

V and M – Toggling the call functions

Manage your Video and Mute toggles in a call by just hitting the V and M keys respectively.

Ctrl+F and Ctrl+G – Searching here and there

One of Slack’s most helpful features is the ability to search for and find messages in any channel you have access to. Ctrl+F will begin a search within the Slack channel you’re currently in, while Ctrl+G will open up a general search without the channel filter.

Ctrl+U – Upload a file

A colleague just messaged you, “Hey, do you have a copy of the style guide?” You definitely do, so you want to send them the guide’s PDF. A quick Ctrl+U will open up the file explorer to find the file you’re looking to upload and share.

Ctrl+N – Start a new message

You just met a new addition to your team, and you’d like to introduce them to someone else in the organization, so you can just hit Ctrl+N to start a new Slack message, include them both, and kick off that introduction.

Ctrl+Shift+Y – What’s your status?

Alright, it’s time to join that client call, so hit Ctrl+Shift+Y to set your status to let the rest of your team know that you’re not immediately available.

Ctrl+Shift+A – Check all unread messages

It looks like a couple of channels really popped off while you were away. Get yourself caught up in Slack’s unread messages view by hitting Ctrl+Shift+A.

Shift+Escape – Just clear those notifications

It looks like a couple of channels really popped off while you were away, and if anything is important for you specifically, someone will remind you. You can just mark all messages as read by hitting Shift+Escape to clear those pesky notifications.

Use these keys to be a faster Slacker.

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Slack is an easy way for friends, family, and work teams to efficiently chat, share files, and more. Learn these easy keyboard shortcuts to do it all even more quickly.

1. Switch quick

The Quick Switcher is one of Slack’s most useful features (especially if you belong to many channels). It lets you hop to any channel or conversation by typing part of its name. After you enable the Quick Switcher in Slack’s preferences, it’ll appear at the top of the Workspace menu. The shortcut: Press Command-K to bring up the Quick Switcher. Start typing a channel or person’s name to select it. If multiple matches come up, use the arrow keys to pick one.

2. Edit a message

Unlike emails, Slack messages aren’t set in stone; you can always go back and fix a typo, correct a misstatement, or expand on an idea. (Some companies disable message editing for record retention.) The shortcut: To edit the most recent message you posted in a channel or conversation, just press the Up Arrow key. This works in both channels and direct-message conversations.

3. Move among your channels

Part of Slack’s appeal is that it allows you to join only those channels that are important to you. But laboriously clicking each one in the Workspace sidebar to browse all your messages is still a drag. Thankfully, there’s a faster way! The shortcut: Press Option-Up Arrow or Option-Down Arrow to move through channels, starred conversations, and direct messages. Even more convenient, add the Shift key to these shortcuts to go only to conversations with unread messages.

If you belong to more than one workspace, use Command-Shift-[ and Command-Shift-] to cycle through them. Or press Command-1 for the first workspace in your list, Command-2 for the second, and so on.

4. Jump to a previous chat

Sometimes you just want to go to a recent conversation. Wouldn’t it be great if there were a back button? There is! The shortcut: Press Command-[ to jump to the channel or conversation you just visited. Press this shortcut repeatedly to step back through your conversation history. (Command-] jumps forward, of course.)

5. Mark as read

Each time you return to Slack, the app highlights the unread messages that have accumulated. After reading what you need to, you can mark everything else as read with a few keystrokes. The shortcut: Press Escape to mark everything in the current channel as read. Or go nuclear and mark every channel and direct-message conversation as read by pressing Shift-Escape.

6. Style your text

Many people don’t realize you can add rich-text styles to Slack messages using Markdown-like syntax For example, surround text with asterisks *like this* to italicize it. The shortcut: Select text and use the standard Mac shortcuts for bold (Command-B) and italics (Command-I) to add the respective Markdown syntax.

Also handy: Command-Shift-C formats text as code, Command-Shift-8 converts text into a bulleted list, and Command-Shift-7 formats it as a numbered list.

7. Use the shortcut for learning shortcuts

Can’t get enough Slack keyboard shortcuts? Press Command-/ to bring up the full list.


Pawely commented Nov 25, 2019

Describe the bug
It is not possible to edit messages on slack anymore for me.

To Reproduce
Steps to reproduce the behavior:

  1. Write a message on slack
  2. Go to the “settings” for this message and click “Edit”
  3. Message is not editable

Expected behavior
Message should be editable

If applicable, add screenshots to help explain your problem.

Desktop (please complete the following information):
Using Franz with version: 5.4.0-beta.3

Additional context
Add any other context about the problem here.

The text was updated successfully, but these errors were encountered:

rmeffan commented May 29, 2020

This just happened to me with the OS X client. Edits still work fine from the same account in the iOS app.

I think it’s an issue where there’s an edit in progress, but Slack won’t tell you where it is. We have dozens of channels (dozens!), so I’m apparently going to have to open every message from the past 24 hours to see if I can find the edit. If that doesn’t work, will try nuking prefs, and then give up and try uninstalling / reinstalling.

Bloody annoying stupid bug. If an app is only going to allow a single edit, then you should make sure it’s not possible for this sort of UX fail to occur.

jeffgerickson commented Jun 1, 2020 •

I have exactly the same bug. This is only a problem on the Mac desktop app (Version 4.6.0, both production and beta); I can edit messages in the browser interface (Chrome) and on the iPad app. Even on the desktop app, the bug appears to be restricted to only one workspace.

I’ve tried spawning the bug in a second workspace by quitting with an unsaved edit, trying to edit more than one message at a time (which just fails silently), starting a new message while the edit is open, switching channels or workspaces while an edit is unsaved, . all with no luck. As @rmeffan suggests, it seems like some internal busy flag has been set incorrectly.

Langorithm commented Jun 5, 2020

One of my users had this problem a couple of days ago.
Check your device’s time is set correctly and is synced to slack’s time settings, that solved it for us.

ableuler commented Jun 9, 2020 •

I had the same problem with the OS X client. Signing out from and re-adding the workspace fixed the problem.

novosirj commented Jun 9, 2020 •

I ran into this recently too, and the same thing fixed it. I’m running Version 4.6.0
[email protected] (Production) on MacOS X 10.13.6. It appeared to be the same cause, and in fact after a reboot, when I tried to switch to a different channel, it asked me if I was prepared to give up the message I was editing. I don’t remember what I answered, and it didn’t ask me for a second time. There was nothing present in the “Drafts” space in Slack. Attempting to edit a message yielded nothing at all happening. Sometimes, probably if I was in the channel where that stuck message was being edited, clicking Edit would cause the channel to scroll back, but there would be nothing visible for edit.

peteroconnor-bc commented Jun 16, 2020 •

Yep, got this bug. It persisted after quitting and re-opening slack, and even restarting the computer.

Signing out of company workspace and signing back in fixed it for me.

peckjon commented Jul 1, 2020 •

Ditto on sign out/re-add. Thanks for the workaround!

Version 4.6.0 on OSX 10.15.5

cotispear commented Aug 19, 2020

Also encountered this with v4.8.0 on macOS, confirmed that quitting/reopening did not resolve the issue, but signing out/back in to my workspace did. 🤷‍♂️

jontucichterazo commented Aug 20, 2020

I just had this.
My specific case was that I was editing a pinned post and clicked on a DM to respond to that.
When I clicked back to the pinned post, selecting ‘Edit’ did nothing.
Signing out & in again resolved the issue.

I agree with the theory that a ‘hidden draft’ exists and a bug is preventing it from re-opening.

danksim commented Sep 14, 2020

I had the exact same issue as @jontucichterazo on v4.8.0 today. Had to sign out and rejoin workspace.

MichaelAroustian commented Nov 20, 2020

I had the exact same issue as @jontucichterazo on v4.8.0 today. Had to sign out and rejoin workspace.

same here today with version: 4.11.2

ccooksey commented Nov 24, 2020

I accidentally pinned something in a DM and unpinned it. After that, I could not edit messages. Logging out of the workspace and then back in indeed fixed it.

ialterovych-lohika-tix commented Apr 16, 2021

@ccooksey thank you, man!
It helped me too!

aryairani commented Apr 27, 2021 •

Same issue started yesterday, version 4.14.1. Uninstalling Slack and reinstalling didn’t help. (But also didn’t log me out of my workspaces.) Signing out and back in worked.

levsa commented May 6, 2021

Same issue with Version 4.15.0
[email protected] (Production)

Pressing Up Arrow scrolled the main view for me even though I had focus in the Thread view, so a hidden edit box theory is likely to be true. Logging out of workspace and back in resolved the issue.

DBBrowne commented May 8, 2021 •

This is happening to me on the offical slack app. I came across this Issue page whilst searching Google for the problem. I don’t use Franz.

Logging out of workspace and back in resolved the issue.

Thanks for the fix!

freshbeka commented May 24, 2021 •

This occurred today – macOS BigSur 11.2.3 and Slack desktop 14.16.2 . Only one workspace would not allow me to Edit (I would click “Edit” and nothing would happen.) I was able to edit the exact same message I was trying to edit in desktop from my iPhone app. This is a rarely used workspace, so I was able to look in each channel and thread and I did not have an edit in process. Solution (Thank you to this issue/thread) was to log out of the workspace and back in. Thanks all! (Note, I also don’t use Franz, but this thread is useful for all!)

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I hate Slack. Not what it represents: unified, media-rich team communication across time and space. But how it’s implemented: a slow, memory-hungry web app that hates my computer. Also, my boss banned novelty status emoji, so I’m still a little salty about that.

But I will admit that Slack has some really nice (non-customizable) keyboard shortcuts that make the whole experience slightly more bearable. A comprehensive list can be found on Slack’s help site, but here are the three I use the most:

How to select and edit messages with the up arrow in slack

⌘ + K / Ctrl + K

This is sort of like Spotlight for Slack, and I use it all day, every day. Hit the command, start typing into the search box that appears, and hit enter to jump to that conversation. You can jump to a DM with anybody on your team, or teleport to any channel, and you don’t even usually have to type the full name — Slack’s smart enough to bubble up people you’re more likely to interact with, instead of the seventh Josh at your company who works in an entirely different department.

You can also do ⌘ + Shift + K to pull up the direct messages menu, which allows you to create new multi-person direct message conversations.

How to select and edit messages with the up arrow in slack

↑ (the up arrow)

I don’t like to typo in work chat, because it makes me look like a big ol’ dummo. If I notice a typo in one of my messages, I can click the little “. ” Show Message Actions button to edit it, of course, but did you know that you can press the up arrow in an empty message box to edit your most recent message?

I find this really intuitive, because you use the up arrow to cycle through your most recent commands in a typical command line terminal. I don’t know if other people find it intuitive, but I do know that it’s basically indispensable for anyone who hates typos.


This one’s probably the easiest to discover, because when you hover over the “Mark as read” button in the blue unread message banner, it lets you know about the escape shortcut. One nice way to catch up on a Slack backlog is to using Alt + Shift + ↑ / ↓ to iterate through unread channels and DMs, and then hitting escape once you’re sure you have the gist of the room.

There’s also a setting to automatically mark any room as read as soon as you visit it, if you prefer that method:

How to select and edit messages with the up arrow in slack

Also, let’s not forget the nuclear option: Shift + Escape, which marks all messages read, in all channels, and is a great gift that I treasure in times of madness.

There are a bunch of Slack things that are so second nature now, or common enough UI paradigms, that I don’t think of them as shortcuts anymore. Like tab to complete usernames, “:” to create an emoji, and the always-handy ⌘ + Q to save five hours on my laptop’s battery life. There are also some things I’m trying to add to my workflow, like the Open All Unreads view (⌘ + Shift + A / Ctrl + Shift + A). I’m also a neophyte when it comes to the dozen or so bots that are available in my team’s Slack, but I’m sure I’ll familiarize myself eventually.

Let me know if you have any other favorite Slack moves that you’ve found helpful.

Make sure everyone sees your latest Slack messages by putting them on a big screen.

Please note, if you’re using the older version of ScreenCloud ( you can download the alternative Slack app guide here.

The ScreenCloud Slack app helps everyone stay up to date with the latest Slack messages by sharing them on your digital screens. This ensures that nobody misses a message and can view all of the most important conversations without having to be glued to their personal devices.

(Slack is one of our most used tools in the ScreenCloud office and we love having it up on the screen!)

With the ScreenCloud Slack app you can:

  • See messages appear on screen in real time
  • Choose how to view your content, whether it’s via message, channels, or chat logs
  • Custom-brand how your Slack app looks and feels on screen

Here’s how it works:

1. Select and install ScreenCloud’s Slack app

1.1. To begin, sign in your current ScreenCloud account and click on Apps from the left-hand menu to visit our App Store.

How to select and edit messages with the up arrow in slack

1.2. Search for slack to find the Slack app. Select the app and click Install App to add a new instance.

How to select and edit messages with the up arrow in slack

2. Connect your Slack account

You’ll need to select Login to connect your Slack account. A window will open asking you to add your Slack workspace to ScreenCloud. Enter your workspace URL and log into Slack. Once you’ve signed in, you’ll need to authorize ScreenCloud and select which rooms or Slack channels you wish to give ScreenCloud permission to share. A green checkmark will appear in the login button once you’ve logged in successfully.

How to select and edit messages with the up arrow in slack

3. Choose your Slack settings

3.1. Edit the Instance Name section to give your new Slack instance a name, for example, Random Room. This will make it easy to differentiate from other Slack instances you decide to add in the future.

3.2. You can modify your settings panel to decide how your Slack content is displayed on a screen.

  • Layout: Choose between Chat log to show all of the most recent messages or Latest message to show just the latest message.
  • Message Filter: Show all messages or just the pinned ones.
  • Autoplay Media/Videos: This determines whether videos, GIFs and other media files will play automatically on a screen.
  • Mute Media/Videos: Turn sound on or off for your videos.

4. Preview your results

Once you’ve chosen all of your Slack app settings, select Preview to see what your Slack messages will look like on a screen. If you’re happy with what you see, hit Save.

How to select and edit messages with the up arrow in slack

5. Add the Slack app to a Channel

Here’s a tutorial to help you add your newly created Slack instance to a Channel. You can choose how long to show your Slack display for by changing the time in the duration column (currently set as 1:00 for one minute).

How to select and edit messages with the up arrow in slack

6. Custom brand your Slack display

The ScreenCloud Slack app can be custom branded. You can create and customize your theme in your Account Settings.

How to select and edit messages with the up arrow in slack

Once created, themes can be added at a Channel-level in order to custom brand apps like Slack. Find out more on how to create custom themes with ScreenCloud here.

Frequently asked questions:

Can I add more than one Slack room to my display?

Yes, you can add as many different Slack app instances as you like. Simply go through the process each time and choose the specific room you wish to show.

How often will the Slack app update?

Slack app updates in real time, so your latest messages will appear on a screen within a few seconds of them being sent.

Превращайте идеи, заявки на выполнение работы и поручения в отслеживаемые задачи и комментарии в Asana.

How to select and edit messages with the up arrow in slack

Что такое Slack?

Slack — это приложение для обмена сообщениями на уровне предприятия, предназначенное для предоставления сотрудникам необходимой им информации. Slack предлагает новый процесс обмена информацией в организациях, объединяя людей для совместной работы в единой команде.

Для чего нужна интеграция Slack + Asana?

Интеграция Slack + Asana позволяет преобразовывать беседы, ведущиеся Slack, в задачи и проекты в Asana. От быстрых вопросов и поручений до задач с исполнителями и сроками выполнения нажатием пары кнопок.

Способы использования интеграции Slack + Asana

С лёгкостью фиксируйте работу, чтобы запросы и важные дела не терялись в Slack. Превращайте любое сообщение из Slack в задачу в Asana нажатием нескольких кнопок.

С помощью интеграции Slack + Asana можно:

  • Создавать новые задачи, назначать их себе или коллегам и добавлять в существующие проекты
  • Просматривать данные из Asana: задачи, вехи, проекты, портфели и т. д.
  • Комментировать задачи
  • Отмечать задачи как завершённые
  • Получать списки всех задач из рабочего пространства или организации
  • Получать уведомления о создании и выполнении задач и комментариях к ним

Автоматизация процессов с помощью правил в сочетании с приложением Slack

Сократите объём ручной работы, используя правила Asana вместе со Slack. С помощью правил можно автоматически отправлять сообщения в канал Slack или лично сотруднику при выполнении определённого действия в Asana. Используя правила, легко настроить нестандартные процессы и повысить гибкость команды. Узнайте больше о правилах Asana.

How to select and edit messages with the up arrow in slack

Как подключить Slack + Asana

Вот как настраивается эта интеграция:

  1. Сначала необходимо зарегистрироваться в Slack и Asana.
  2. Перейдите на сайт Slack и прочитайте инструкции о том, как подтвердить подлинность своей учётной записи.
  3. Для того, чтобы начать использоваться интеграцией наберите “/asana” в Slack, чтобы вывести список, создать или прокомментировать задачи. Вы также можете подключить каналы Slack к проектам Asana и получать уведомления о создании и завершении задач.

Подробные сведения и поддержка

Использование интеграции Slack + Asana подробно описано в руководстве по Asana.

Если вы хотите задать вопросы, оставить отзыв или получить поддержку, обратитесь в службу поддержки Asana.

Совместная работа — с Asana это просто

От мелочей до общей картины — Asana организует работу так, чтобы все знали, чем нужно заниматься, почему это важно и как это сделать. Начать работу в Asana легко. Система проста в использовании, при этом она настолько функциональна, что с её помощью можно управлять работой целой компании. Подробнее об Asana.

Slack is a popular team messaging and collaboration application that supports a subset of the Markdown syntax. Different parts of the interface provide different levels of Markdown support.


Slack’s message interface is the one people use most. Support for some basic syntax is provided, although support for many elements is notably absent.

In November 2019, Slack introduced a new WYSIWYG interface, as shown below. This feature is enabled for all users by default. The most obvious change is the addition of formatting buttons in the interface controls, but there’s also a live editor that hides the Markdown formatting after you type it. You don’t have to use the interface controls to format your text — you can still use the Markdown syntax elements described in the next section.

You can disable the WYSIWYG interface in Preferences > Advanced. Select the Format messages with markup setting, as shown below. Enabling this setting will hide the WYSIWYG formatting buttons and disable the live editor so you can see the Markdown formatting as you type it.

How to select and edit messages with the up arrow in slack

Slack Markdown Support in Messages

The Slack message interface provides support for the following the Markdown elements.

Element Support Notes
Headings No
Paragraphs No
Line Breaks No The Markdown syntax is not supported, but you can press the Shift and Return keys to go to the next line.
Bold No The Markdown syntax is not supported, but you can add bold styling with single asterisks, which is the standard Markdown syntax for italic. Very confusing!
Italic Partial Only underscores are supported.
Blockquotes Yes
Ordered Lists No
Unordered Lists No
Code Partial Code blocks are not supported.
Horizontal Rules No
Links No
Images No The Markdown syntax is not supported, but you can drag and drop images to share them.
Tables No
Fenced Code Blocks Yes
Syntax Highlighting No
Footnotes No
Heading IDs No
Definition Lists No
Strikethrough Partial Use only one tilde symbol before and after the phrase.
Task Lists No
Emoji (copy and paste) Yes
Emoji (shortcodes) Yes
Highlight No
Subscript No
Superscript No
Automatic URL Linking Yes
Disabling Automatic URL Linking No


The Slack post interface is editor that allows you to create a document for sharing in Slack. This is a live editor, which means you will see the actual formatting immediately after you type Markdown formatted text. For example, if you type _test_ , the underscores will disappear and you’ll see the word “test” in italics.

To create a post, click the shortcuts icon and select Create a Post as shown below.

How to select and edit messages with the up arrow in slack

Slack Markdown Support in Posts

The Slack post interface provides support for the following Markdown elements.

Element Support Notes
Headings Partial Only heading levels one and two are supported. Only number signs are supported.
Paragraphs Yes
Line Breaks No
Bold No The Markdown syntax is not supported, but you can add bold styling with single asterisks, which is the standard Markdown syntax for italic. Very confusing!
Italic Partial Only underscores are supported.
Blockquotes Yes
Ordered Lists Yes
Unordered Lists Yes
Code Yes
Horizontal Rules No
Links No
Images No
Tables No
Fenced Code Blocks Yes
Syntax Highlighting No
Footnotes No
Heading IDs No
Definition Lists No
Strikethrough Partial Use only one tilde symbol before and after the phrase.
Task Lists No
Emoji (copy and paste) Yes
Emoji (shortcodes) Yes
Highlight No
Subscript No
Superscript No
Automatic URL Linking Yes
Disabling Automatic URL Linking Yes

See Also

  • Formatting Slack messages in the interface
  • Formatting Slack posts in the interface
  • API documentation for formatting Slack messages
  • slack_markdown ruby gem

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How to select and edit messages with the up arrow in slack

by Chelsey Lewis

Posted on May 22, 2019

How to select and edit messages with the up arrow in slack

Are you an avid Slack user? Slack is taking over the workplace, especially for those of us who work remotely or have teammates out of the office. Slack is a cloud-based communication and chat tool that helps us stay connected and get our jobs done. It also has a ton of fun and clever shortcuts that will help you speed through your work and have a little fun while doing it. Here are a few of our favorites.

Integrate and configure apps

Let’s start with the big one: integrations. Slack integrates with many of your favorite apps, and there are a few more created just for Slack! Increase productivity by integrating project management tools like Asana, or just have some fun by integrating apps like Giphy.

Here’s how to add apps: Click on your name in the top left, choose “Customize Slack,” and then in the left sidebar of that page, choose “Configure Apps.”

This page allows you to search for or browse through apps. You can integrate your project management software (Trello, Basecamp, ClickUp, etc.), create polls, access calendars, get the weather forecast, and even change the song on Spotify, all through apps in Slack.

Train your Slackbot

Do you ever talk to your Slackbot? If you don’t, you should! Ask your Slackbot for help, and it will point you to the right resource to troubleshoot or learn about Slack. Slackbot can do much more than point you to help; you can train your Slackbot to respond a certain way to specific commands.

How to train your Slackbot: Under the “Customize Slack” page, go to the “Slackbot” tab. You can set what Slackbot’s response will be to any user’s specific phrases.

Think through what type of questions will get asked often, and have Slackbot ready to answer those automatically. “What is the wifi password?” is an example of a question you could preload into Slackbot. Or, you can have some fun with it!

Custom notifications

This is not quite as fun as training your Slackbot, but you can set up custom notifications in your Slack workspace. This will prompt Slack to notify you for more than just mentions of your user or direct messages. Did you just finish a big project and want to be alerted when someone Slacks a question about it? You can set that up. Do you have a big deal you’re keeping an eye on? Set that company name up as a custom notification so you don’t miss any conversations about that customer.

How to add custom notifications: Click on your name in the top left and choose “Preferences” from the drop down menu. Under “Notifications,” select the “Direct messages, mentions & keywords” option, then list your words in the “My keywords” section.

Phone and video calls

In case you aren’t already using Slack for calls with your teammates, this is a great feature of the tool. You can share video, invite others mid-call, set the call up for others to join later—it is a great tool for teams to see each other. The screen sharing option has the extra bonus of allowing the viewer to draw on the screen, too. No more awkwardly trying to direct someone where to click over the phone!

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Slack allows custom formatting of your messages. It has similar formatting to other tools, like Trello, but it is also smart enough to take on keyboard commands. You can set up a phrase to be in bold or italic by pressing “Ctrl + b” or “Ctrl + i,” and the formatting sets itself.

Edit your posted message

Did you forget to spell check before you pressed enter? No problem! You can hover over the message and select edit, or you can just simply press the up arrow to initiate the editing of your most recent post.

Pin posts for reference

You can pin any specific post in a Slack channel or DM. Pinned posts are easy to find by clicking on the pin icon at the top of that channel (or DM). Easily find posts with instructions on how to do something, someone’s contact info, or anything that will need to be referenced by everyone in that channel.

Use stars to create to-do lists

You can star messages for yourself throughout Slack and then view them all in one space. If you get requests from multiple coworkers throughout your day, star those requests to see a full request list, and stop any request from falling through the Slack cracks!

Keyboard commands

Last but not least, Slack has all sorts of keyboard commands you can use by simply starting a message with “/” (forward slash). Press the forward slash button and see the options appear. There are so many helpful commands, and if you set up integrations (see the beginning of this article) you’ll likely have even more commands available. Here are a few of the handy things you can do with just your keyboard:

  • Set reminders (for yourself and/or others) (/remind )
  • Leave a channel (/leave [channel])
  • Join a channel (/join [channel])
  • Mute a channel (/mute [channel])
  • Shrug (/shrug)
  • Send a Gif (/gif [phrase])
  • Send a poll (/yesno [poll question])

Productivity can be fun! Slack knows how to mix in some whimsy while also helping you get work done.

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Sometimes words just aren’t enough. When that’s the case, use symbols, emojis, and special characters to add extra meaning and dazzle to your pages, blogs, and other Confluence content.

Pages in your site may use the new editor or the legacy editor. This page explains how to use both editors.

Use these links to jump to the section detailing the editor you use:

Which editor does your page use

When you edit a page, you can look over the toolbar for visual indicators, like the differences between the text color pickers, the inclusion of undo / redo buttons, or an emoji icon in the new editor toolbar. You’ll also notice that the Publish and Close buttons were moved to the top right in the new editor.

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Legacy editor

New editor

This section provides the details for inserting emojis using the new editor.

Insert symbols and special characters

Symbols and special characters were removed from the new editor. Use your operating systems’s symbols as these are more comprehensive. While we cannot provide comprehensive instructions for every operating system and device in these documents, the basic instructions for inserting symbols and special characters on Windows and Apple computers are given below.

To insert special characters on a Windows computer while editing a page in Confluence:

  1. Select NUM LOCK on your keyboard if it is not already enabled.
  2. Hold ALT and enter the four-digit Unicode value for the character you’d like to enter.
    NOTE: You must use the numpad to enter this value. You can also copy and paste the symbol from Windows Character Map application.

To insert special characters on an Apple computer while editing a page in Confluence:

    Hold CTRL+CMD and press the space bar to bring up the Character Viewer.

How to select and edit messages with the up arrow in slack

  • Select a category from the options on the right.
  • Double click on a symbol to add it to your page.
  • Insert emojis

    When you edit a page, choose the emoji item in the toolbar, then click an emoji to add it to your page. Alternatively, you can also add emojis to your page using keyboard shortcuts.

    How to select and edit messages with the up arrow in slack

    Add your own emoji

    You can upload your own emojis through the emoji insert tool. Image file types must be a JPG, PNG, or GIF and can’t be larger than 1MB. Regardless of the original file’s dimensions, the emoji created will be 20 pixels by 20 pixels.

    1. Click the emoji item How to select and edit messages with the up arrow in slackin the toolbar
    2. Click Add your own emoji
    3. Enter a name for the emoji
    4. Click Choose file
    5. Browse for and select the file
    6. Click Open

    Note: custom emojis won’t display when shared on different platforms.

    Disable emojis

    Don’t want your 🙂 to turn into a ? You can use Ctrl+z to undo the conversion, or turn this feature off altogether by disabling keyboard shortcuts.

    To disable keyboard shortcuts:

    1. Select your avatar from the top right, then select Settings. This will open your personal settings for Confluence.
    2. Select Edit, then uncheck the box labeled Enable next to Keyboard Shortcuts.
    3. Select Submit to confirm your changes.

    If you change your mind, you can always enable keyboard shortcuts again later.

    Site administrators can manage and delete custom emojis using https://[yourdomain] .

    Legacy editor

    This section provides the details for using symbols, emojis, and special characters in the legacy editor.

    Because the open brace < is used as a shortcut to insert macros, the best way to insert it into a page as text is to type two open braces in a row, then delete one. Alternately, you can disable keyboard shortcuts in your personal settings by following the instructions in the previous section (Disable emojis).

    Insert symbols and special characters

    When you edit a page, choose Insert > Symbol, then click a symbol to add it to your page.

    How to select and edit messages with the up arrow in slack

    Insert emojis

    When you edit a page, choose Insert > emoji, then click an emoji to add it to your page. Alternatively, you can also add emojis to your page using keyboard shortcuts.

    Keyboard shortcuts for emojis

    Don’t want your 🙂 to turn into a ? Convert your emoji back into plain text by hitting Ctrl+Z (Windows) or Cmd+Z (Mac).

    You can also turn this feature off by disabling keyboard shortcuts.

    To disable keyboard shortcuts:

    1. Select your avatar from the top right, then select Settings. This will open your personal settings for Confluence.
    2. Select Edit, then uncheck the box labeled Enable next to Keyboard Shortcuts.
    3. Select Submit to confirm your changes.

    If you change your mind, you can always enable keyboard shortcuts again later.

    We are done with rules for all the base tables ( users , workspace and channel ). The primary part of slack is for users to send and receive messages on the channel or to other users. Let’s see how that is applicable in the access control rules.

    Let’s start with the channel_thread and channel_thread_message tables.

    Select permission

    We need to list down who can access a message posted on any channel. The requirement looks like:

    • Any body who is a channel member should be able to access all channel threads.

    Row level select

    The expression for channel_thread roughly translates to the following:

    The expression differs slighlty for channel_thread_message since it has one more level of nesting.

    Column level select

    After filtering out the rows that a user is supposed to access, we need to filter out which fields they are allowed to read. Since there is no sensitive data that needs to be restricted to only a certain type of user, we give permission to select for ALL columns.

    We are done with read access. Let’s move on to write access which lets a user to either create, update or delete a channel.

    Insert permission

    Any authenticated user who is a part of a workspace can post messages on the channels of the workspace. It translates into the same expression as above for channel_thread table.

    Update permission

    Users are not allowed to update a channel_thread . So then who is allowed to update the existing messages in channel_thread_message table?

    • Any authenticated user can update their own message posted on any channel.

    Row level update

    The above condition translates to the following expression:

    Column level update

    The user can only update the message column in channel_thread_message table.

    Delete permission

    The user who created the message can delete their own message. It translates to the same expression that we defined for the update operation.

    Again as in the previous steps, CASCADE delete can be applied to remove all the dependent and dangling data.

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    Discover Slack shortcuts, special commands, and other exciting Slack tricks with this cheat sheet.

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

    If you use Slack at work, you’ll probably agree that its layout and feature set are 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!

    FREE DOWNLOAD: This cheat sheet is available as a downloadable PDF from our distribution partner, TradePub. You will have to complete a short form to access it for the first time only. Download The Slack Cheat Sheet.

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

    ²Works only if you have enabled All Unreads view under Preferences > Sidebar.

    ³Includes starred channels and DMs.

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

    ⁵Use Ctrl + Alt + click on Linux.

    ⁶Ensure cursor is in empty message field.

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

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

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

    Take Control of Your Slack Workspace

    Slack not only saves you from the clutches of email at work, but also makes your online office feel more like an offline one, complete with water-cooler chats. Once you master Slack and learn how to navigate it faster (you can use the Slack sidebar to help with that), your days at the office will be a lot more fun!

    Start using the Notes app on your iPhone today with this beginner’s guide.

    Akshata trained in manual testing, animation, and UX design before focusing on technology and writing. This brought together two of her favorite activities — making sense of systems and simplifying jargon.

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    Slack on my sturdy little HTC, via Luke Maxwell

    Want to squeeze a little more out of Slack? Here are seven simple steps to add a whole lot more productivity to your favourite communications tool.

    We’re big fans of Slack here at Silicon Republic, using it as the perfect foil to funnel both relevant and extremely trivial communications between different teams in the office (and off site).

    However, despite using it for quite a while now, we constantly find new quirks to the application: sometimes colourful, sometimes quick, sometimes homemade, sometimes slick.

    If you haven’t yet gone down the Slack route, we highly recommend it. If you have, then hopefully these seven steps should help you in future.


    It happens to you. It happens to everyone. If you’ve typed the wrong message to your colleague you can act quickly by pressing the up arrow. Simples.

    That lets you edit the original message to whatever you want. But beware, they’ll know if you’ve changed it, regardless of whether or not they saw the original.

    A greyed out ‘(edited)’ appears beside the new message. Still, if it hides your mislaid insults, all is good.

    Custom Emoji

    The suite of emojis is extensive in Slack, with the capability to utilise them in more than one way. Standalone emoji use is fine, but you can also reply within a message with a minuscule variant too. However, what if you want something more, something personal?

    Well, you can always create your own. Just crop an image and resize it into a 128px x 128px square shape (note that the centre circle is the target, and nothing too small should be entertained). Then head here and save it into your Slack domain.

    Ours, for example, are awful.

    Jump between channels

    If there’s one thing shortcuts are made for, it’s to reduce your reliance on a mouse. Almost everything should have navigation options on the keyboard, and Slack is no different.

    If you want to jump between your conversation with one of your friends and your boss, just press ⌘+K on a Mac or CTRL+K on a PC.

    Once there, type # and a list of all your conversations should appear. Press up and down to get to where you want to go.

    Add GIFs with ease

    If you’ve integrated Giphy with your Slack setup then type something as simple as “/giphy Adele” and see what pops into your feed. Slack is a productivity app, of course, so this isn’t necessarily advisable.

    Format your text

    If you want to add some emotion to your language, there’s all the standard formatting possibilities hidden away from view. For example, if you want to bold up your text, put an asterisk either site of the words. If you want italics then wedge the words between underscores of start with a greater than sign (so this: >) for block quotes and grave accents (the opposite of single quotation marks) to code.

    The four techniques, although the > for pull quotes does not work mid-sentence, so below you will see an added line for effect

    Slash commands

    Slack’s primary resource for shortcuts is its suite of slash commands. Starting a message with ‘/’ will open up a world of possibilities.

    A drop-down menu of options appears with things like shrugs, invites, feedback options and ‘who’, which tells you who’s watching. Although you should probably be aware of that already.

    Keyboard shortcuts

    For a full list of keyboard shortcuts, just press ⌘+? or Ctrl+? and this appears. That should be your lot.

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    Last updated: 16th September, 2021

    📥 Keeping your team in the loop has never been easier. You can receive GoSquared message Notifications directly to a Slack channel either through our direct webhook integration or via our Zapier integration.

    Take a look at our step-by-step instructions or Video Tutorial to get set up today!

    1) Direct Integration

    First, create a Slack Channel to direct your GoSquared to send to notifications to.

    Create Your Slack App

    👉 You’ll need to create a Slack app to get your unique webhook URL. Head over to the Slack App Directory and sign into your Slack account.

    After signing in, click ‘Build’ followed by ‘Create an app’.

    Next, you will be prompted to build your app either ‘From scratch’ or via an ‘app Manifest’. For the purposes of our demonstration, we will be building our app from scratch.

    How to select and edit messages with the up arrow in slack

    Give your app a memorable name like ‘GoSquared Chat Messages’, select your workspace and click ‘Create App.’

    On your apps Basic Information page, under Features and Functionality, select ‘Incoming Webhooks.’

    Click ‘Add New Webhook to Workspace.’

    On the following screen, select a channel that the app will send the notification to and then click the ‘Allow’ button.

    With your webhook set up, make sure you have toggled it to ‘Activated’ and then select ‘Copy Webhook’. This is what you’ll add to your GoSquared settings.

    Add GoSquared Slack Service

    Go to the GoSquared Integrations page and click ‘Connect’ next to the Slack service.

    Paste your new webhook, give it a memorable name, toggle on ‘Include verified leads’ and click ‘Save’.

    Add GoSquared Slack Notifications

    Head to your GoSquared Notifications and select ‘Add new notifications’. Leave the ’notify after’ value at 0 seconds to receive all messages as notifications. Choose ‘Live Chat Message’ from the drop down and select your Slack webhook.

    Click Save. That is all you need to do for your GoSquared message notifications to be sent via webhook directly to your Slack channel.

    2) Zapier Integration

    With that done you can get started setting up Slack notifications to GoSquared.

    Start by Creating a Slack Channel

    Create a Slack Channel for the channel you want GoSquared to send to notifications to.

    Make a Zap

    Head to Zapier and click ‘Make a Zap’.

    Give it a memorable name like ‘GoSquared Slack Notifications’.

    For the first step ‘When This Happens, choose the app ‘GoSquared’.

    Select the Trigger Event

    Choose ‘Live Chat Message’ as the trigger event (you may need to scroll down) and click continue.

    Select Account

    Choose the GoSquared account that contains the project you’d like notifications for.

    Set the Delay

    Enter the delay that you would like before the notification is sent to slack. This delay is applicable while the message is unread. Setting this to 0 will send the notification for all messages.

    Click Test and Continue

    Test the GoSquared trigger before moving on to the next step.

    Choose Your Action

    For the second step, ‘Do this’, choose Slack as the app.

    Choose Your Action Event

    Select ‘Send a channel message’ as the action event.

    Connect Your Slack Account

    If you haven’t already, you’ll then need to add your Slack account and authorise it for Zapier.

    Customise Channel Message

    Here start by selecting your Slack Channel that you created in the first step.

    Next you can then use the details from the incoming chat message within the ‘message text’ that you send to slack. Just click the drop down in the top corner of the composer window to select these fields.

    You can format these message however you like. However, the key fields you’ll probably want to use are ‘Message Person ID’ and ‘Message Content’ for the sender and content of the message.

    You can also include a link directly to the message using the fields. For this, you’ll need to use the fields ’Site Token’ and ‘Message Person Id’. Then you can construct the URL in the following format:

    Turn on your Zap!

    Once that’s done you can click ‘Done Editing’ and make sure you turn your Zap on.

    Never Miss a Message!

    With this done, your GoSquared message notifications will now be being instantly sent to your selected channel so you can make sure your team never misses a message!

    How to select and edit messages with the up arrow in slack

    How to select and edit messages with the up arrow in slack

    In November 2021, Portugal made it illegal for bosses to contact their employees after work hours. And in France, the “right to disconnect” has been in effect through a similar law since 2016. Talk about work-life balance! While we don’t all live in countries with laws that protect us from late-night work notifications, thankfully there is something that every Slack user can do to promote better boundaries: Schedule messages to send later.В

    Maybe as you’re logging on for the day your colleagues in different time zones are logging off. Maybe you’re a night owl and prefer to work while other team members are fast asleep. Or maybe you know the perfect time to ping someone for the quickest response. Whatever the case, you can schedule your Slack messages to deliver at a specific time that’s convenient for everyone. We’ll show you how.

    In this article, you’ll learn:

    • How to schedule a Slack message for a later timeВ
    • How to manage your scheduled Slack messages
    • How to schedule recurring messages to a specific Slack channel

    How to schedule a Slack message

    Whether it be a direct message or one sent to a channel, you can schedule it to deliver later. Here’s how to do it:

    On the Slack desktop app (Mac, Microsoft Windows, or Linux) or

    1. Compose your message in the text field
    2. Click on the green downward-pointing arrow icon
    3. Choose from one of the dates and times on the list, or click “Custom time” to specify your own
    4. Click “Schedule Message”

    And you’re all set!

    How to select and edit messages with the up arrow in slack

    On the Slack mobile app (Android and iOS)

    1. Compose your message in the text field
    2. Tap and hold the green paper plane icon
    3. Choose from one of the dates and times on the list. Or click “Custom time” to specify your own
    4. Click “Schedule Message”

    And you’re all set!

    How to manage scheduled Slack messages

    When you schedule a Slack message, you can make changes before it sends.

    For example, you can:В

    • Edit a scheduled message
    • Reschedule a message
    • Send a scheduled message now
    • Cancel a scheduled message and save it to your drafts
    • Delete a scheduled message entirely

    On the Slack desktop app (Mac, Microsoft Windows, or Linux) or

    1. Click “Scheduled” on the sidebar to view your schedule list
    2. Hover over the message you want to manage, so that the icons appear in the upper-right corner
    3. Click on whichever action you wish to take: edit message, reschedule message, cancel schedule, etc.

    On the Slack mobile app (Android and iPhone)

    1. In the “Home” tab, tap “Scheduled” at the top of the list
    2. Tap and hold the message you want to manage
    3. Click on whichever action you wish to take: edit message, reschedule message, cancel schedule, etc.

    What about third-party apps?

    Slack’s native message scheduling feature is not the only way to queue a message for later. You’ll find a huge selection of third-party apps in Slack’s App Directory that also let you schedule messages like Easy Message Scheduler and Send It Later. Some even let you schedule recurring messages, a function that isn’t available to Slack users natively.В

    (The ability to schedule messages is a new feature for Slack, so it’s pretty bare-boned at the time we’re writing this article.)

    How to schedule recurring messages using Timy

    Our pick for scheduling recurring messages in Slack is an app called Timy.

    Why Timy? Here’s a quick breakdown of some of what you can do with its paid plan:

    • Schedule one-time messages up to one year in the future
    • Schedule recurring messages (every week, every month, etc.)
    • Pause recurring messages whenever you need to (eg. when you’re out office, on vacay)
    • Attach files to scheduled messages using the Timy web app
    • Use slash commands (which are essentially shortcuts!) for quick access to Timy features

    Timy PRO costs $6.67 per workspace per month when billed annually or $8.34 when billed monthly. That makes it much more affordable than its competitors, one of which costs $20 per workspace per month. A free version of Timy does exist, but it doesn’t offer any features that aren’t already available with the native Slack scheduler.В

    How to use Timy to schedule a recurring message:

    Now we’ll walk you through scheduling a recurring (or repeating) message with Timy. Let’s say you’d like everyone in #marketing to update you every Monday with what they’re working on for the week. Setting up an automated reminder is as easy as sending a slash command.

    1. Navigate to the Slack channel or DM conversation where you’d like to set up the recurring message. For our example, you’d open the #marketing channel
    2. In the message field, use the /schedule command. Type /schedule followed by your message (eg. /schedule Happy Monday! What is everyone working on this week?)
    3. Hit the send button, which will cause a Timy form to appear
    4. Fill the form out with the appropriate details: time zone, how often to send the message (eg. every Monday), what time to send the message, and so on
    5. Hit the green OK button

    Voilà ! Every Monday, Timy will send your message in the #marketing channel at the designated time. And better yet, the messages will appear in the conversation as though they’re coming from you — not a bot.

    Note: Timy’s scheduling options for recurring messages don’t allow for specific schedules like “Every Monday and Friday.” You can choose from the following:

    • Every Monday
    • Every Tuesday
    • Every Wednesday
    • Every Thursday
    • Every Friday
    • Every Saturday
    • Every Sunday
    • Every weekday
    • Every weekend
    • Every 2 weeks
    • Every month
    • Every year

    If you want to schedule a message for every Monday and Friday, you can work around this limitation by scheduling two separate messages.

    How to select and edit messages with the up arrow in slack

    How to select and edit messages with the up arrow in slack

    How To Schedule Messages On Slack

    How to select and edit messages with the up arrow in slack

    Can you schedule messages on Slack?

    In June 2021, Slack announced the launch of a “schedule message” feature. Rather than relying on Slack integrations like Message Them Later, Slack Scheduler, or Send It Later, you can now queue up a Slack message to send at a later time.

    How it works

    Managing communication within your team can be stressful, especially if you are working in different time zones.

    You can break the barriers when you schedule Slack messages to arrive at the time that you want. Here’s how you can use the Scheduled Send feature for your teams on Slack:

    • Open the conversation you’d like to send the message to.
    • Type the message that you want to send later.
    • Click the dropdown arrow icon beside the Slack “send message” paper plane icon. The dropdown has preset schedules and an option to customize your message’s schedule. Click Custom Time to set your specific time.
    • Edit the preferred time and date, which can be as far as 120 days into the future.
    • Click Schedule Message to complete the task.

    Can you schedule recurring messages on Slack?

    Let’s say you want to remind your team about a meeting agenda on a regular basis. Can you automate messages in Slack so that they receive daily reminders?

    With Slack’s Workflow Builder, this is an easy task.

    Follow this step-by-step guide to start sending scheduled recurring messages from Slack:

    • Head over to the app and click the hamburger menu in the top left corner.
    • Follow this directory: Go > Workflow Builder
    • Click Import
    • A local directory will pop up. Click on the .Json file you just downloaded.
    • Edit the workflow name.
    • Add a new step in between or below the two steps, or edit them to better fit your needs.
    • When editing, select who you want to send the message to. From there, edit the message itself, as well as include and customize a button if you want. Check out the preview at the bottom of the page, and hit Save when you’re satisfied.
    • Tip: you can also make a copy before you publish.
    • Hit Public and you’re in business!

    The benefits of scheduled messages in Slack

    No more burning through your Slack integrations limit

    In the free Slack plan, you only get 10 integrations per workspace.

    This new native feature means you can free up space for a shiny new integration.

    So, now you have the space to try out one of these 47 Slack integrations instead, and maximize your team collaboration experience.

    No more paying to schedule Slack messages

    Previous Slack integrations that gave you the ability to schedule messages were great. But they came with a messaging limit.

    For most, after your first 10 scheduled messages, you needed to become a paid customer.

    With the introduction of Slack’s own scheduled messages, there’s nothing to pay for, outside of your existing Slack plan.

    No more messages past your bedtime

    At the end of the day, there will always be people who check their phones the second they hear the Slack notification sound.

    Just because they do check their messages doesn’t mean they should check them, however.

    Not being able to shut off can result in disrupted sleep patterns, stress, anxiety, and burnout.

    Using Slack Scheduled Send can help members of the team relax so that they don’t feel the need to always be available for work messages. It helps draw a proverbial line in the sand between work activities and personal time.

    How Mio deals with scheduled Slack messages

    Now that you can schedule Slack messages, many Mio customers have asked how our app will help in a cross-platform communication scenario.

    For example, what happens when you schedule a Slack message that needs to reach a user on Microsoft Teams (who has the Mio app installed)?

    Our API works by fulfilling requests from your Slack account to team members using other collaboration platforms like Microsoft teams.

    How to select and edit messages with the up arrow in slack

    This means that when you schedule a cross-platform message to someone else through a universal channel, Mio will still deliver the message at the appropriate time.

    Slack Scheduled Send and Mio’s cross-platform APIs can – and do – work hand-in-hand.

    How to select and edit messages with the up arrow in slack

    Keyboard shortcuts aren’t just handy for Apple’s apps on Mac, but they can be awesome for third-party apps as well. Depending on the app, you may have many shortcuts that can help you navigate, chat, edit, or manage the window without the need for a mouse or trackpad. Slack is one of these apps.

    If you use Slack for team communications, then check out and bookmark this list of keyboard shortcuts.

    The Slack window

    Switch between workspaces, open and close sidebars, or view specific categories with these shortcuts.

    • Move to the next workspace: Command + Shift + ] (right bracket)
    • Move to the previous workspace: Command + Shift + [ (left bracket)
    • Move to a numbered workspace: Command + Workspace number
    • Enter or exit full screen mode: Control + Command + F
    • Open or close the right sidebar: Command + . (period)
    • Open or close the left sidebar: Command + Shift + D
    • Open preferences: Command + , (comma)
    • Open the Channel browser: Command + Shift + L
    • Open Direct Messages window: Command + Shift + K
    • View All unreads: Command + Shift + A
    • View Threads: Command + Shift + T
    • View Mentions and reactions: Command + Shift + M
    • View People: Command + Shift + E
    • View Saved items: Command + Shift + S
    • Search channel or conversation: Command + F
    • Upload a file: Command + U


    You can create a new message, format its text, add a reaction, create a reminder, and more with these keyboard shortcuts.

    • Create new message: Command + N
    • Create a new line in the message: Shift + Return
    • Add an emoji: Command + Shift + \ (Backslash)
    • Select text to the beginning of the line: Shift + Up arrow
    • Select text to the end of the line: Shift + Down arrow
    • Bold the text: Command + B
    • Italicize the text: Command + I (capital letter “i”)
    • Strikethrough the text: Command + Shift + X
    • Convert text to numbered list: Command + Shift + 7
    • Convert text to bulleted list: Command + Shift + 8
    • Undo message formatting: Command + Z

    For the following actions, use the F6 key to put the selected message in focus. Then, use these shortcuts to perform the actions.

    • Edit the message: E
    • Add a reaction: R
    • Open or reply to a thread: T or Right arrow
    • Pin or unpin the message: P
    • Share the message: S
    • Save the message: A
    • Delete the message: Delete
    • Create a reminder: M
    • Mark as unread: U

    Wrapping it up

    Keep in mind that these keyboard shortcuts are for Slack on Mac. So if you use both Mac and Windows, pop over to the Slack website to view the Slack keyboard shortcuts for Windows and Linux.

    And for additional shortcuts for other apps on Mac, take a look at our keyboard shortcuts section.

    GitKraken Boards and GitKraken Timelines will sunset at the end of 2022. Please read our full anouncement and FAQ to learn more.

    GitKraken Boards’ Slack integration connects your boards with your Slack workspace to create a collaborative workflow to manage your projects without leaving Slack.

    Synchronize team communication with your project’s issue tracking to spark chance interactions and innovations.


    • Display tasks, discuss resolutions, and create new GitKraken Boards tasks all from within Slack
    • Create a GitKraken Boards card from a Slack message on-the-fly in Slack
    • Update card title, description, assignees, labels, and the column of a GitKraken Boards card in Slack
    • Stay connected to your project with Slack notifications when your team @mentions you in a card

    Installing GitKraken Boards Slack Integration

    To install the GitKraken Boards Slack integration, click the handy button below:

    From the Slack app installation window, review the permissions and click Allow .

    How to select and edit messages with the up arrow in slack

    You will be redicted to your GitKraken login where you may review access privileges and authorize the application.

    How to select and edit messages with the up arrow in slack

    After clicking Authorize , you will be dropped into Slack – equipped with GitKraken Boards Slack features!

    You’ll find a message from @GitKraken Boards to help get you started with Slack Integration features.

    How to select and edit messages with the up arrow in slack

    Card Links

    Copy Link of your card from within your GitKraken Board.

    How to select and edit messages with the up arrow in slack

    Head on over to Slack and paste the link into a Slack message. This brings your GitKraken Boards card to the very same place your team is already discussing bugs and code review!

    Links you post to Slack will unfurl with a card preview image including:

    • Card name
    • Associated labels
    • Assignee(s)
    • Due date
    • Task number and progress bar
    • Milestone
    • Indication of a linked PR

    How to select and edit messages with the up arrow in slack

    The card description is included in the post, as well as current column association and board name.

    Edit Card

    Select Edit Card from the unfurled link to make changes to your card from within Slack.

    A modal of the card will allow you to:

    • Edit card Name
    • Edit card Desription
    • Add Labels association by clicking the textbox to populate a list of available labels to select. Remove by selecting the X next to each label name.
    • Add Assignees by clicking the textbox populate a list of members of the board to select. Remove by selecting the X next to the users’ name.
    • Advance the card to a new Column by toggling the dropdown arrow for a list of columns associated with your GitKraken Board.

    How to select and edit messages with the up arrow in slack

    Selecting Edit in the lower righthand corner of the modal will save your changes. Your edits will reflect on your GitKraken Board and in Slack immediately.

    View Pull Request

    After linking your card to a GitHub Pull Request, click View Pull Request in Slack to be redicted to GitHub to view the PR.

    How to select and edit messages with the up arrow in slack

    View Card

    Selecting View Card on your unfurled card link in Slack will redirect you to your GitKraken Board in a new browser tab.

    Your card details panel will be in focus on your board. All changes made from Edit Card in Slack will immediately reflect on your board.

    How to select and edit messages with the up arrow in slack

    Create Cards in Slack

    /gkb-create command

    Using the /gkb-create command creates a card from within Slack.

    Call the command by typing /gkb-create [card name] .

    Sending the command will provide you with a card creation modal to specify Description , Board , and card properties:

    • Card column
    • Associated label(s)
    • Assignee(s) to the card

    How to select and edit messages with the up arrow in slack

    The Create button will complete the card creation. The link of the newly created card will unfurl in your current Slack channel.

    Create from Slack message

    Developer attention is the scarcest resource on the engineering team; make good use of it by creating a GitKraken Boards card directly from a Slack message to address an issue while the conversation is happening.

    Access the Message Actions menu of the Slack message that you’d like to write into a card:

    • Hover over the Slack message, click on the Message Actions ellipsis, and select Create a card .
    • The contents of the Slack message will populate as the card’s Description . Name the card and Select a Board to add the card to.

    How to select and edit messages with the up arrow in slack

    Select Continue to add this new card to the relevant column, associated it with labels, and assign collaborators to take on the issue – all without leaving Slack!

    Once the card is created, GitKraken Boards will unfurl the card link into the same Slack channel where the message that created the new card originated. Your team will never skip a beat!

    If you do NOT see option to Create a card from the Message Action menu, select More message actions from the bottom of the menu to select from the list of actions available in your Slack workspace.

    Search Cards in Slack

    Using the /gkb-search command allows you to search for cards in Slack and post them to the channel. Call the command by typing /gkb-search [search text] .

    You can select Next and Previous to search through the cards or Cancel to cancel to search. You can post the card to the channel using Choose .

    Aftr the card is posted, there are options to Edit Card and View Card .

    How to select and edit messages with the up arrow in slack

    This will only return the first 10 cards. If your card is not in the first 10, refine your search for better results.


    GitKraken Boards is at your service to send you Slack message notifications whenever you are @mentioned on a GitKraken Boards card.

    @mention GitKraken Boards notifications are enabled in Slack by default. To update this preference, use the /gkb-info command in Slack to Update Settings .

    In previous versions of Slack, when I pressed the up arrow, it “pasted” the last message I sent into the message field, so I can repeat the message. If I kept pressing the up arrow, it did the same with previous sent messages.

    Now, with the new version, when I press up arrow, it edits the last message. The funny thing is that, searching in Google, in some posts of shortcuts in Slack, it explains that pressing up arrow you edit the last message and the posts are from old versions. Why did I have this functionality of repeating previous message and now I don’t have it?

    How to select and edit messages with the up arrow in slack

    2 Answers 2

    There used to be an option (I think in the advanced tab of preferences) that, when checked, allowed the up button to cycle through previous messages and Cmd + up to edit your previous message. The default was to edit the last message (like the current functionality), but by checking the box you could get the functionality that you and I are both missing dearly.

    They removed it very recently (in the last couple of weeks). I’m not sure why, I was searching trying to figure out why when I came across your post.

    Apparently the Slack team decided to change this functionality. Now the up-arrow key allows you to edit your last message instead of repeating it.

    Google may sometimes give you outdated results. If in doubt always go to the Slack help pages. Here is the link to the shortcuts.

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    The modern workforce depends on collaboration, which is one reason why solutions like Slack have taken off in recent years. Another reason for this is that it’s very user-friendly with many shortcuts built right into the interface. Here are just a few of these shortcuts that can save your business time during the workday.

    Navigating Slack

    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

    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

    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

    For a complete list of shortcuts in Slack, press Ctrl + /.

    Keyboard shortcuts appear in some way for most programs that are out there, even though their functions might differ between them.

    Slack has finally added a long-requested feature – scheduled messages. If Slack is your preferred platform for work-related communications, you will be glad to know that you can now compose messages at your convenience and have them delivered at the time of your choice. This feature will prove helpful, especially for teammates that work across different time zones. With that said, here’s how to schedule messages on Slack using the desktop and mobile apps.

    How to Schedule Slack Messages (2021)

    At the time of writing this article, Slack is gradually rolling out the feature to its users. So you may not immediately see the option to schedule messages to send later in your workspace. Having said that, here’s how you can check if the feature is available for you and use it to schedule messages.

    Schedule Messages Using Slack Desktop App (Windows, Mac, and Linux)

    1. Open the Slack channel or chat window of the person you would like to text and type the message. After typing the message, you will notice a new downward arrow icon next to the “Send” button.

    How to select and edit messages with the up arrow in slack

    2. Click on the downward arrow and set your preferred time to send the message. Slack will present you a couple of default options, but you can also select a custom time to send the message.

    Note : The schedule message feature shows different default options depending on the time of day. For instance, I see the options — “later today at 1:00 PM” and “Monday at 9:00 AM” while drafting the message on Friday at 11:00 AM. It also takes into account weekends.

    How to select and edit messages with the up arrow in slack

    3. You can click on the “Custom time” option to access the date and time picker. Here, all you have to do is pick a preferred date and time and click on “Schedule Message“.

    How to select and edit messages with the up arrow in slack

    Schedule Messages on Slack Using Mobile App (Android and iOS)

    If you are away from your PC and would prefer scheduling a message from your phone, you can do that too. Here’s how to schedule messages using the Slack mobile apps on Android and iOS.

    1. Open the Slack chat or channel and type your message. Once you have done that, press and hold the “Send” button until the message scheduling UI pops up.

    How to select and edit messages with the up arrow in slack

    2. Then, just like the desktop app, you can then choose your preferred date and time for sending the message. You have the option to pick one of the default suggestions or set a custom time here as well. Hit the “Schedule Message” button once you are done.

    How to select and edit messages with the up arrow in slack

    3. Once you have scheduled a message, you will see a confirmation prompt at the bottom of the channel or chat window. It reads — “Your message will be sent to [channel] or [chat name] at [date, time].”

    How to select and edit messages with the up arrow in slack

    Manage Scheduled Messages on Slack

    You can access all of your scheduled messages in two ways. You can either click on the “See all scheduled messages” within the channel/ DM window or go to the “Scheduled” section from the sidebar.

    How to select and edit messages with the up arrow in slack

    After scheduling a message, Slack lets you perform five actions. You can either edit the message, reschedule it, send immediately, or cancel the schedule and move it to drafts. Finally, if you don’t want to send the schedule message, you can delete it as well. That’s how easy it is to use the new scheduled messages feature in Slack.

    Send Scheduled Messages on Slack in Easy Steps

    So, that is our short and sweet guide on how to schedule messages on Slack. So yeah, if you want to let your colleague know of changes in their draft or design you found while working overtime, you can now schedule a message to let them know at the earliest next day. If you are looking for more ways to schedule messages, go through our articles on how to schedule text messages on Android and iPhone. You can also schedule emails in Gmail or Apple Mail and schedule WhatsApp messages as well.

    How to select and edit messages with the up arrow in slackSource: iMore

    If you like sending emoji in your texts and iMessages, Apple makes doing that incredibly easy. Between Tapbacks for reacting directly to a message and using machine learning to know which emoji to recommend, Apple understands that these little pictograms are some of the best iPhone communication tools.

    If that doesn’t sound important to you, then you haven’t seen the kind of cheers emoji get on stage or the amount of interest they generate on social platforms. They’re a big, smiley, thumbs-up kind of deal!

    If you’re looking to spice up your messages to your friends and family, you can litter them with emoji all you want! Here’s how you do it!

    How do you get emoji recommendations in Messages?

    Apple’s predictive QuickType keyboard can suggest emoji as well as, you know, regular words. The predictive keyboard has to be turned on in Settings and can’t be hidden, so check out our QuickType keyboard guide first if you need helping getting it set up.

    1. Start typing in the Messages text field.
    2. Tap any emoji predictions that show up in the prediction bar. If multiple predictions show up, tap the one you prefer.

    Tap the Send button. (Looks like an upward arrow.)

    Source: iMore

    Emoji predictions will show up whenever you type something that has a corresponding emoji. For example, “I’m happy” will predict “[smiley face].” “My car” will suggest the “[car]” emoji.

    Pro-tip: If you don’t want the emoji to take the place of the word but rather appear beside it, put a space between the word before you tap your desired emoji.

    How do you replace words with emoji in Messages?

    This “emojification” process works similarly to emoji recommendations and will work in both iMessages and standard SMS texts.

    1. Type an iMessage in the text field.
    2. Tap the Emoji button on the keyboard.

    Tap on a word that’s highlighted orange to replace it with its corresponding emoji.

    Source: iMore

    Tap the Send button (Looks like an upward arrow).

    Source: iMore

    With emojification, you can convert as many — or as few — words to emoji as you like.

    How do you react with a Tapback in an iMessage?

    Emoji aren’t just for replying; they’re also for reacting. Apple calls them Tapbacks. They’re similar to Slack or Facebook emoji reactions and drop right onto any iMessage bubble sent your way.

      Touch and hold (long press), or double-tap on an iMessage sent your way.

    Tap the Tapback you want to send: Heart, thumbs up, thumbs down, Ha ha, . or ?.

    Source: iMore

    There’s no need to hit send; the Tapback reaction goes immediately.

    What do the different Tapback reactions mean?

    Theoretically, these Tapback reactions can mean whatever you want them to. Context is king, and a thumbs up Tapback to your Mom might mean something different than one to your best friend. Here’s a basic guide to all the Tapback reactions that are available and what they could mean.

    • Heart: Like, love, or fave
    • Thumbs up: Happy, approve, or agree
    • Thumbs down: Sad, disapprove, or disagree
    • Ha ha: Laugh, either happily or sarcastically.
    • !!: Exclaim emphatically.
    • ?: Question.

    How do you change the Tapback reaction on an iMessage?

    If you reply with the wrong Tapback or later decide you want a different Tapback, you can easily make the change.

      Touch and hold (long press) or double-tap on an iMessage with the Tapback you want to change.

    Tap the Tapback you want to change to: Heart, thumbs up, thumbs down, Ha ha, . or ?.

    Source: iMore

    The new Tapback will take the place of the old one.

    How do you delete a Tapback reaction on an iMessage?

    If you accidentally send a Tapback or have simply reconsidered sending one, you can also remove it.

      Tap a Tapback that you wish to remove.

    Tap the Tapback you want to remove (i.e., if you want to remove Heart, tap Heart.)

    Source: iMore

    The Tapback will disappear for you and the recipient.

    Emote away

    Using emoji has never been easier, and Tapbacks just somehow made things even simpler. Now you can spam these happy and cheerful pictograms all you want. Here’s to having vibrant and fun conversations in just a few taps.

    Updated November 2021: Updated for iOS 15.

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    How to select and edit messages with the up arrow in slack

    You love Slack. We love Slack. Everyone loves Slack. At least, everyone I know who uses it, which is a lot of people. Slack is the newest in team based communication tools, right after GroupMe and Hipchat. But Slack is by far the fastest growing one. The Slack icon found its way to many Docks this past year, and consequently, our hearts. Talking about icons, seems Slack’s founder is on his way to become one too.

    If you are using Slack, I’m sure you’re using it a lot, which is really the only way. If you’re using the Mac or Windows app, the keyboard shortcuts listed below will help you do things faster.

    Speaking of the keyboard: Check out our ultimate guide to keyboard shortcuts for the most popular services to save 10-20 minutes of time every day.

    1. The Quick Switcher

    How to select and edit messages with the up arrow in slack

    The Slack app comes with a Spotlight-esque Quick Switcher. Bring it up by pressing Cmd + K on Mac or Ctrl +K on Windows. Pressing this keyboard shortcut brings up a text field. Type in the first letters of a group chat, channel or personal chat and the option will be highlighted. Press enter to switch to that conversation.

    In practice, if you’re running multiple teams, this is crazy fast when compared to using the old point and click mouse maneuver.

    2. Press the Up Arrow to Edit

    It will happen, you’ll type something wrong. To quickly bring back the last message you sent back to the text box, just press the Up arrow key.

    3. Formatting Keys

    Wrap your text in *asterisks* for bold, _underscores_ for italics, `grave accents` for code, and start the line with a “>” sign to make it a block quote. Formatting in Slack is similar to Markdown.

    4. The Slash

    In any text field, type in a forward slash to bring up multiple options. After the slash type in any command specified, press enter and you’ll be on the way. Here are some examples of how this works:

    How to select and edit messages with the up arrow in slack

    5. Mark a Message as Unread/Read

    If you’ve read something but want to take action on it later, just mark the message as unread (a better system would be to Star a message). Click on the message while holding the Alt key. On the mobile apps you can use tap and hold.

    Also, Esc marks messages in the current thread as read while Shift+Esc does it for all the messages in Slack.

    6. All the Keyboard Shortcuts

    How to select and edit messages with the up arrow in slack

    On Mac press Cmd + ? (Ctrl + ? for Windows) to bring up a list of keyboard shortcuts for the app.

    Bonus: Pro Search Tools

    Slack supports operator based search in its apps, just like Evernote. In Slack, these are called “modifiers”. You can prefix search queries with these modifiers to narrow down the results and get where you want to go faster.

    How to select and edit messages with the up arrow in slack

    If you’ve been using Slack for a while, you probably have thousands, if not hundreds of thousands of messages exchanged. Using search modifiers like the person’s name, a channel, or a specific time frame will surely be of help. Check out the help page for more info.

    How to select and edit messages with the up arrow in slack

    Your Slack Tips

    Are you an avid Slack user? Have you customized the Slackbot with custom loading screens, the UI, or the emojis? Have a special, super secret tip to share? Let us know in the comments below.

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    You can change the settings in Paligo so that it:

    Sends activity feed notifications to a different channel

    Sends activity feed notifications for different users or events

    To make these changes:

    Select your profile in the upper right corner to display a menu, and then select Settings . Then select the Integrations tab, find the Slack settings and select Change .

    How to select and edit messages with the up arrow in slack

    In the Channel name field, change the name of the channel.

    Use the Filters to choose which activity feed notifications Paligo will send. There are two settings – one for choosing the users you are interested in, and one for choosing the types of events. Check the boxes for the users and events that you want to get notifications for in Slack.

    How to select and edit messages with the up arrow in slack

    If you do not want to receive Slack notifications about particular users or events, clear their checkboxes.

    In Paligo, do something that will cause an activity feed notification. For example, create a new publication or rename a topic. Then, in Slack, look at the channel that you have set up to receive the Paligo notifications. You should see the notification message appears (there can be a delay, depending on server connections etc., but the notification usually arrives almost instantly).

    How to select and edit messages with the up arrow in slack

    If the notification does not arrive, make sure that:

    You have entered the channel name correctly

    The filters actually allow that notification to be sent to Slack

    You performed an action that will get logged in the activity feed in Paligo.