How to Find Anything in Slack (in 3 Seconds)
The volume of stuff in your company’s Slack is massive. But messages and files are easily searchable in Slack.
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Because channels move so fast, you can use these advanced search commands to pull up exactly what you’re looking for without wasting any time.
#1 Channels and Direct Messages
in:channelname - searches only the messages and/or files in a specific channel
in:name - searches your direct messages with a specific user
#2 Messages or Files from a Specific Person
from:username - limits your search to messages from a specific person in any channel or direct message
from:me - searches only messages you’ve sent, anywhere in Slack
#3 Links, Starred Items, and Emoji Reactions
has:link - narrows your search to messages that contain a specific URL
has:star - pulls messages you’ve starred
has::emojiname: - searches messages that contain a specific emoji
#4 Dates and times
before: - use words like “yesterday” or “today”
after: - use words like “week,” “month,” or “year”
on: or during: - use specific dates and range keywords, such as “Monday,” “February,” or “2023”
Pro tip: To use very specific dates, use the MM/DD/YYYY (United States) or YYYY/MM/DD (International) format.