Is there a shortcut or a command in Slack I can use to start a thread on the last message?

It's annoying to always grab the mouse between using the keyboard to navigate to the chat and typing the message.


There is not a single-key way to do this, but it is possible to start a thread using only the keyboard:

  • Hit Shift-F6 ("move focus to the previous section") to select the message. (Assuming that you have just sent that message. Otherwise you may need a different shortcut.)
  • Hit Tab four times to move the focus to "Start a thread".
  • Hit Enter.


(My original source was https://twitter.com/slackhq/status/918175567740047360?lang=en)

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    For the Mac app this approach seems to work, however it's shift-F6 followed by shift-tab six times, then enter. – craigpatik Sep 24 at 10:23

Small update for Slack version "Production 4.0.0 64-bit":

  1. Shift + F6 (this might be optional if you are already in Message box)
  2. Shift + TAB (4 times)
  3. Enter
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