How To See Reactions On Slack

As someone who regularly uses Slack, I recognize the significance of maintaining communication and interaction with my colleagues. A functionality I particularly appreciate is being able to view reactions on Slack. These reactions give us the opportunity to convey our opinions and emotions regarding a message without the need for crafting a complete response. In this piece, I’ll guide you through the process of viewing reactions on Slack, offering some of my own advice and insights throughout.

What are reactions on Slack?

Reactions on Slack are small emoji icons that you can use to react to a message. They provide a quick and easy way to show your response to a particular message without having to type out a full reply. Reactions can be used to express emotions, show agreement or disagreement, or simply to acknowledge a message.

How to see reactions on Slack

  1. Open the Slack app or website and navigate to the channel or direct message where the message with reactions is located.
  2. Scroll through the conversation until you find the message you want to see reactions for.
  3. Hover your mouse over the message. A small toolbar will appear below the message with options like Reply, Thread, and React.
  4. Click on the React button (represented by a smiley face) in the toolbar.
  5. A pop-up window will appear, showing all the reactions that have been added to the message. You can see the emojis and the names of the people who reacted.
  6. To add your own reaction, simply click on the desired emoji from the list. It will be added to the list of existing reactions for that message.
  7. Click outside the pop-up window to close it and return to the conversation.

My personal tips and commentary

Reactions have become an integral part of my communication on Slack. I find them particularly useful in large group chats or busy channels where responding to every message can be overwhelming. By using reactions, I can acknowledge a message or show my support without interrupting the flow of the conversation.

When using reactions, I try to be mindful of the messages I react to. I want to make sure my reactions are appropriate and respectful to the context of the conversation. It’s important to remember that reactions are not a substitute for direct communication, especially for more complex or sensitive topics.

Another tip I have is to use custom reactions whenever possible. Slack allows users to create custom emoji reactions, which can add a personal touch to your messages. Custom reactions can be a fun way to express yourself and add some personality to your interactions.


Being able to see reactions on Slack is a valuable feature that enhances our communication experience. It allows us to express our thoughts and reactions in a quick and simple way, without the need for lengthy replies. By using reactions wisely and respectfully, we can improve our overall collaboration and make our conversations more engaging. So go ahead, start using reactions on Slack and make your presence felt!