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April 12, 2022

25 Useful Slash Commands in Microsoft Teams to Boost Your Productivity

Microsoft Teams offers unique slash commands designed to save users time when performing common tasks such as quickly finding messages, changing status, and connecting to teams. These specific keys, such as /chat, /call, /saved, /join, and /go-to allow you to maximize the features of this platform. Please note, however, that this functionality is only accessible on the desktop and web apps, not the mobile app. Continue reading below to learn more about the most useful Microsoft Teams commands available:

slash commands in teams
By typing forward slash (/) in the search bar, Microsoft Teams will display a menu of all the commands they currently support.

1. Slash Commands When Connecting With Teammates

Since the main purpose of Microsoft Teams is to help teammates connect and socialize, it offers special slash commands for chat and call functions.

slash, commandFunctions
/chat*Send a quick message to a team member
/dialStart a voice or video call to a specific phone number or Team contact

* This feature is only available for 1:1 chat messages and does not apply to group chats.

2. Slash Commands to Find Messages Fast

Although Microsoft Teams comes with its own search bar, the slash command allows you to specify your search preferences for certain messages.

slash, commandFunctions
/mentions*Only search posts that have tagged you as an individual and as part of the team
/unreadView all unread activities
/storedView saved items from channels and private chat

*This command will only work if you are actually tagged. It won’t find posts if someone wrote your name without tagging you.

3. Slash Commands When Changing Your Status

Microsoft Teams allows users to display the status of their availability to their teammates. There is no need to set their availability on their profile settings as changing your status is easy with the slash command.

slash, commandFunctions
/availableSet status to available
/absentSet status to Away
/busySet status to busy
/ right backSet the status to be right back
/do not disturbSet the status to do not disturb
/availableSet status to online
/offlineSet status to offline

* You will still receive messages when this is enabled, but you will not get a popup notification .

4. Slash Commands to Increase Productivity

Microsoft Teams offers multiple collaboration features to improve speed and efficiency. With slash commands, you can easily create files, jot down personal notes, and even test call quality. Here are the most common commands to get things done quickly:

slash, commandFunctions
/calendarView and schedule meetings
/ParticipateJoin a new channel; see the list of public channels
/go toGo straight to a specific channel
/filesOpen a specific file uploaded to Teams or OneDrive
/wiki*Add a personal note to your wiki
/testsView all available keyboard shortcuts that Microsoft Teams supports
/staffAsk a question about how to perform a specific task in Teams; start a chat with Team’s helpbot
/newView recent product announcements from Microsoft Teams
/testcallCheck call quality

*This will only work for your personal wiki and will not work on teams or channels.

5. Slash quests to get to know your teammates

Microsoft Teams offers a group of slash commands to get to know your teammates and what they do. These assignments also provide insight into where they fit in the org chart and their recent activities in Teams.

slash, commandFunctions
/WhoStart a chat Get a business card for a specific person Identify their business role. Find out who posted or responded to a particular topic
/orgShow which organization a contact belongs to, including their position in the org chart, who they report to, their teammates and who reports to them
/activityShows a contact’s recent public activity in Teams

Work efficiently with Slash commands

As a unified communications solution, Microsoft Teams offers a wide range of slash commands to improve speed and productivity. Since there are plenty of existing shortcuts in this platform, it is recommended that users use the search bar and type the slash “/” to see the available list of commands. Select the desired command and press Enter and Microsoft Teams will handle the rest.

Also, commands in Microsoft Teams should not be confused with keyboard shortcuts. Slash commands are for performing common tasks in Teams, while keyboard shortcuts are key combinations that focus on the overall navigation of the platform. For example, the slash /chat command is used to send a quick message to a teammate. On the other hand, the keyboard shortcut Ctrl + Shift + Spacebar is used for viewing the sharing toolbar.

Slash commands are only available in the desktop and web app, which means it is not supported in the mobile version. You can use these two options to access all supported commands. Slash commands are available to all Microsoft Teams users, but if a specific command doesn’t work, one possible reason is that your company has disabled the feature.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I know if new assignments are available in Microsoft Teams?

Type “/” in the command box to open the command list and display the list of available commands. Microsoft Teams updates the command library regularly, so always check the menu for updates.

Do Microsoft Teams have custom slash commands?

No. Microsoft Teams offers app customization, but it doesn’t allow customization of slash commands.

Do Microsoft Team Users Need to Remember All Slash Commands?

No. There is no need to memorize all slash commands in Microsoft Teams. Microsoft Teams designed slash commands to be easy to remember. If you forgot these commands, type the slash “/” in the search bar and a long list of all available slash commands will appear.

What it comes down to

Slash commands provide an efficient and productive way to get the most out of your Microsoft Teams experience . Whether you’re working remotely or on location, Microsoft Teams provides commands to complete all your tasks with extreme ease. As they work on future updates, we look forward to more command shortcuts being added to the list.

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