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How to hyperlink in Slack

It's not as hard as you think.

By Deb Tennen · March 4, 2022
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Everyone seems to find themselves fumbling with hyperlinks in Slack, but it's almost magic how easy it is. There are two main ways to do it.

How to hyperlink in Slack with a keyboard shortcut

  1. Copy the URL you want to link to.

  2. Highlight the text you want to hyperlink.

  3. Type Command + Shift + U on Mac or Ctrl + Shift + U on Windows. (You can also just click the link icon right above the message field, but why do that when you can use a shortcut?)

  4. The hyperlink box will pop up: paste the link in the Link field, and click Save.

Hyperlink pop-up box in Slack

How to hyperlink in Slack with an even shorter keyboard shortcut

  1. Copy the URL you want to link to.

  2. Highlight the text you want to hyperlink.

  3. Type Command + V on Mac or Ctrl + V on Windows.

The text will hyperlink without having to use that Add link pop-up. It seems like a small thing—cutting out one step and a couple keys—but when you spend your day adding links to Slack, it adds up. When Zapier customer champion Michelle Poterek shared this insight in an internal blog post, the people went wild for it.

Slack thread from about the hyperlinking shortcut

The case for not hyperlinking

Now you know how to hyperlink in Slack—but should you?

I much prefer when people just drop the full URL somewhere in their Slack message. When there's a hyperlink, I find myself hovering over it to see what I'm about to click on.

Hovering over a link in Slack

So far, I haven't been trolled by a Slack hyperlink, but it's worth keeping in mind.

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A Zap with the trigger 'When I get a new lead from Facebook,' and the action 'Notify my team in Slack'