I mistakenly closed a direct message window on Slack, and I don't know with whom the direct message window was. How can I re-open it?

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Click on "Direct Messages" to bring up a list of recent conversations:

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  • 1
    Thanks, it works, though it's quite tedious to go through it to infer which direct message got closed. May 17, 2018 at 3:33
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    This does not work anymore (using version 4.13.x). Aug 13, 2021 at 14:27

Easiest solution is to search for To:@yourname
Then all the recent messages to you are displayed in time order.


If you're running Slack as a web application, e.g. via the Mac/Windows apps or in your browser, you can reopen the most-recently-closed Direct Message window by pressing Cmd+[ or Ctrl+[. You can also use this shortcut to navigate to the last channel you were in.

Do be aware that since this is the "go back one step in history" web browser shortcut, pressing this key combination too many times can cause Slack to reload itself from the sign-in page.

  • its not win+[ it's ctrl+[
    – sam-pyt
    Jul 13, 2020 at 16:37
  • Thanks, edited and fixed!
    – Adil B
    Jul 13, 2020 at 18:38

Click the plus icon next to Direct Messages in the left sidebar. Search for the person you'd like to message. Click Go to start your new DM conversation.

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    "Search for the person you'd like to message" -> that's the issue, I don't know with whom the direct message window was. Jun 9, 2020 at 20:59

Instead of Ctrl + [ use Alt + [, this will revert to the last state.

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