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.

5 Answers 5


I use:

  1. F6 (Move focus to the next section) or Shift + F6 (Move focus to the previous section)

  2. Up and Down to navigate through messages.

  3. Right or T (Open or reply to a thread)

See Slack official documentation Slack keyboard shortcuts\Take an action on a message.

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    on the latest release, you can just use Up without Step 1. at least in Mac
    – Nth.gol
    Commented Apr 23, 2020 at 15:52

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)


At least for me, typically I want to start a thread on the latest message in that channel. Then it's simply and T.

  • 1
    This is the best solution and covers my question perfectly. This from my point of view is the correct answer. (but a comment above suggests this shortcut wasn't available back then)
    – JonnyZoo
    Commented Jul 10, 2020 at 14:19
  • This is the simplest solution as of 2020.
    – domi91c
    Commented Aug 14, 2020 at 15:02

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
  • This is the only currently-working answer for Slack in the browser. I used steps 2 and 3 in the message box.
    – Patrick
    Commented Apr 22, 2020 at 19:16

When you've navigated to the message in your case, you can just press T instead of 4 times Tab.

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