How to utilize emoji reactions in Slack

Matthew Adams
by Matthew Adams
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  • If you’re a member of a team, Slack is without a doubt one of the best tools that you can use for collaboration.
  • Emojis are a big part of Slack, and in this article, we’ll show you how to properly utilize them to react to messages quickly.
  • Slack is great if you want to communicate with your team, but if you’re looking for similar tools, we suggest that you check out our productivity software hub.
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Use slack emojis

The Slack instant-messaging app has a plethora of emoji for you to add to your own messages. You can also add emoji reactions to other user messages. For example, you could add a laughing emoji reaction to a hilarious joke within a channel.

Emoji reactions provide a quick and simple alternative to entering text all the time, and it’s easy to utilize them in Slack.


How can I use emoji reactions in Slack?

1. Add an emoji reaction

  1. To add an emoji reaction to somebody’s message, hover the cursor over it. Then the bar shown below will appear in Slack.
    Add reaction button slack how to see who read, reacted and liked your messages
  2. Click the Add reaction button on the menu bar to open the emoji panel below.Slack's emoji panel slack how to see who read, reacted and liked your messages
  3. Select an emoji there to add it to the message. The emoji reaction is included within a blue circle.
    An emoji reaction slack how to see who read, reacted and liked your messages
  4. Note that you can also add multiple emoji reactions to alternative paragraphs within the same message. Hover the cursor over another paragraph to add an emoji reaction to it.

2. Remove an emoji reaction

To remove an emoji reaction, click the emoji. That’s all you need to do to erase it. You can’t delete emoji reactions added by other members.

3. Check who attached an emoji reaction

  1. You can check who attached an emoji reaction to your own message by hovering the cursor over it. A black label will then tell you who added the emoji reaction to the message as shown directly below.An emoji reaction label slack how to see who read, reacted and liked your messages
  2. To open a full list of recent emoji reactions attached to your messages, click the Show Activity button in the shot directly below.The Show Activity button slack how to see who read, reacted and liked your messages
  3. To jump to the channel that includes the emoji reaction within the Activity sidebar, move the cursor to the top right of the activity box for it and click the Jump button.The Jump button slack how to see who read, reacted and liked your messagesf

Overall, emoji reactions are both a fun and handy Slack feature. They can sometimes provide an alternative to entering text into Slack. You can also decorate your own messages with emoji reactions.

FAQ: Learn more about Slack

  • How do I use Slack?

To use Slack, just download the dedicated app, create your workspace and channels and add your team members to them.

  • How do you add Emojis to Slack?

Click the down arrow next to your workspace name and choose Customize Slack > Add Custom Emoji. Enter the name for your emoji and upload the desired picture you wish to use as an emoji.

  • How do I add Emojis to my Slack name?

Click your Slack name in the top-left corner and choose Edit Status. Click on emoji next to your name and now select the desired emoji.

  • How do I find GIFs in Slack?

To use GIFs in Slack Slack, locate Giphy in the Slack App Directory and click on Add to Slack > Add Giphy Integration. To add a GIF, just use the /giphy command.

Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in December 2019 and has been since revamped and updated in March 2020 for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.