I have a few unread messages among my dozens of Slack channels.

I click one my channels to read the new message there. I quickly remember I need to respond to something on a different channel so I jump there and send the response.

But now I've forgotten which channel I was on just before this, and the channel name isn't bolded anymore.

How can I see a list of recent channel activity, chronologically?


To view all posting in chronological order, you can do a search for something like on:today and sort the results by Most recent.

If you want to get back to a previous channel you were viewing, the fact that Slack is really a webapp is your friend. Hit your browser back key combination (ex. Command-LeftArrow on a Mac).

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    And if you need to go back further the search operator is after:yyyy-mm-dd Apr 13 '20 at 16:04
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    You can also add: from:me if you want to look at messages you have sent. Slack will automatically suggest your username, click on it
    – alejandro
    Aug 22 '20 at 1:48
  • How do you apply on:today if you don't know which channel it's in? I can't seem to find an "all messages" thread at all. This is an elemental part of the original question. Mar 2 at 2:44
  • If you don’t specify a channel in the search field, the search will cover all channels. The channel you’re currently in is automatically added to your search, so you may need to delete it prior to executing the search.
    – seren
    Mar 2 at 6:21
  • Under "More filters" there's an "Only include channels I'm in" feature, which helps a lot. Jul 2 at 16:35

What I've done to solve this in the meantime, is that using a simple Slack app I've created, I log significant activity within the workspace to a separate channel called #log.

Then I can scroll up the #log feed to see where things have happened in chronological order.

In each log message, I also link to the channel the action happened in, i.e. New message added in channel <#C123456>

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    Do you have any links to this app or pointers to how to do this? I'm just a slack user - I don't know anything about slack apps or much about webapps in general. Apr 13 '20 at 16:00
  • An example would be good to see! Feb 10 at 18:51
  • This would be great, but please, please post your code and/or some instructions on how to use it! Mar 2 at 2:46
  • There's no special code, just create a channel called #log, and use the regular Slack API to post to it Mar 2 at 2:49

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