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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?

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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 – Michael Burr 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
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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. – Michael Burr Apr 13 '20 at 16:00

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