How To Find Old Slack Conversations

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Have you ever had the need to revisit a past conversation on Slack? Perhaps you need to refer to a discussion that occurred weeks or even months ago, but you’re unsure of how to locate it. Don’t worry, I’ve been in that situation as well! This article will guide you through the process of easily finding old Slack conversations.

Step 1: Search Bar

The first and most basic way to find old conversations in Slack is by using the search bar. It’s located at the top of your Slack workspace, and it’s your go-to tool for finding specific messages, threads, or channels.

To use the search bar effectively, type in relevant keywords or phrases related to the conversation you’re looking for. Slack’s search feature is quite powerful and can search through all channels, direct messages, and files in your workspace.

Pro tip: If you remember any specific usernames mentioned in the conversation, you can use the ‘@’ symbol before their username to narrow down your search even further.

Step 2: Advanced Search Operators

If the search bar doesn’t give you the exact results you’re looking for, don’t worry! Slack offers advanced search operators that allow you to refine your search and find specific messages more efficiently.

Here are a few examples of advanced search operators:

  • from:username – Find messages sent by a specific user
  • to:username – Find messages sent to a specific user
  • in:channelname – Find messages in a specific channel
  • before:yyyy-mm-dd – Find messages sent before a certain date
  • after:yyyy-mm-dd – Find messages sent after a certain date
  • on:yyyy-mm-dd – Find messages sent on a specific date

By combining these advanced search operators, you can narrow down your search and find the exact conversation you’re looking for.

Step 3: Threads and Reactions

Slack introduced the concept of threads to make it easier to keep track of conversations within a channel. If a conversation you’re looking for is part of a thread, you can navigate directly to that thread by clicking on it in the main channel view.

Additionally, if you remember someone reacting to the message you’re looking for with an emoji, you can also click on that reaction to view the conversation it belongs to. This can be a helpful way to quickly locate a specific conversation.

Step 4: Pinning and Starred Items

If you frequently refer back to certain conversations, you can use Slack’s pinning and starred items feature to keep them easily accessible.

Pinning a message or thread will add it to the pinned section at the top of the channel or direct message, making it easy to find later. Similarly, starring a message will add it to your starred items list, which you can access from the sidebar.


Finding old Slack conversations doesn’t have to be a daunting task. By using the search bar, advanced search operators, navigating threads and reactions, and utilizing pinning and starred items, you can quickly locate any conversation you need.

Next time you find yourself in search of a past discussion, remember these tips and tricks, and you’ll become a master at finding old Slack conversations!