MS Teams -Slash commands – Easy Series 1

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MS Teams Slash commands are shortcuts for performing common tasks in Teams: update your status, go to a specific channel, show your recent files and saved messages, and more.

This will help you to quickly initiate few common tasks from keyboard without switching your hands to mouse.

Commands are available for everyone using Teams, but if a certain command isn’t working for you, it could be because your organization has disabled a feature central to the command. For example, if chat is disabled for your organization, chat-based commands won’t work.

List of available MS Teams slash commands

Commands what it does
/activity View someone’s activity
/available Changes your Teams status to “Available”
/away Changes your Teams status to “Away”
/brb Changes your Teams status to “Right Back”
/busy Changes your Teams status to “Busy”
/call Initiate a call
/chat Chat with one anyone
/dnd Changes your Teams status to “Do Not Disturb”
/files See your recent files
/goto Go to a certain team or channel
/help Get help
/join Join a team
/keys View keyboard shortcuts
/mentions See all of your mentions (handy if your Teams channels are really busy!)
/org View an org chart (yours or someone else’s)
/pop Pop up chat window separately
/saved View your saved list
/testcall Test audio/ video configuration on your device
/unread See all of your unread activity
/whatsnew Check what’s new in Teams
/who Ask Who (a new app that lets you search for people by name or topic) a question

How to user MS Teams slash commands ?

Start using slash commands by typing a slash in MS Teams’ “Search or type a command” box. A list of slash commands will pop up below it for your selection/reference.

On top of the MS team’s client you can see search box, there you have to use any of above slash command.

Few slash commands results ?

/unread – On start of the day I usually use /unread to see what are the messages / feed I got it while I am offline/away

and the result will be as below

/pop – After typing /pop and space it will list users on choosing desire user from the list

Now the chat window with selected users will be popped separately.

/testcall – Your AV hardware’s readiness will be shown as below:


  • Currently, commands are only available in the desktop or web app.
  • Microsoft updating command library all the time, so keep checking the menu in the command box to see what’s new. (Just type /.)

Hope the post is informative, please share your views

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