How To Reply In Slack

Slack has become a central hub for workplace communication and collaboration. But with the myriad of features it offers, it can sometimes be confusing for beginners. One of the most basic yet essential functions in Slack is replying to messages. In this blog post, we’ll provide a step-by-step guide on how to reply in Slack.

Replying to a Direct Message

Direct messages in Slack are like private conversations between two users. Here’s how you can reply to a Direct Message:

  1. Click on the conversation from the left sidebar.
  2. In the message box at the bottom of the screen, type your reply.
  3. Press ‘Enter’ to send your reply.

Replying to a Channel Message

Channels are where most of the group conversations happen in Slack. To reply to a message in a channel, follow these steps:

  1. Select the desired channel from the left sidebar.
  2. Find the message you want to reply to.
  3. In the message box at the bottom, type your reply and hit ‘Enter’.

Replying to a Thread

Threads in Slack allow you to have a sub-conversation about a specific message without cluttering the main conversation. Here’s how you can reply to a thread:

  1. In the channel or direct message, find the message you want to reply to.
  2. Hover over the message and click on the ‘Reply in thread’ button.
  3. Type your reply in the right sidebar that opens.
  4. Press ‘Enter’ to send your reply.

Remember, to reply to a thread, you need to use the ‘Reply in thread’ option rather than the main message box. If you type your reply in the main message box, it will appear as a new message in the channel or direct message rather than a reply to the specific message.

Using Quick Commands

In addition to the basic reply functions, Slack also allows you to use quick commands to interact with messages. For instance, you can use the /reply command followed by the message to quickly reply to the last message in a channel or direct message.

For example, /reply Thanks for the update! would send that response to the last message. It’s a handy way to reply on the go, especially when you’re dealing with a barrage of messages.


Replying to messages in Slack is simple once you’ve got the hang of it. Whether you’re replying to a direct message, channel message, or a thread, it’s all about selecting the right conversation and using the appropriate message box. So get out there and start slacking off productively!