moderated Re: Slack and application mode

Ekstrand, Pamela A. -ND

My company uses Slack heavily for communication. I am probably not using it in the most efficient way.

I find that I have to arrow through a lot of extraneous verbiage before finding posts from others or the edit box where I can enter text. If I try to go to the edit box directly by using the "E" key, it often puts an 'E' in the edit box as if I was already in forms mode. Does anyone know how to get around this?

Also, does anyone know how to get rid of what seems to be a toolbar near the bottom of the screen?


-----Original Message-----
From: <> On Behalf Of Rollin Hippler via
Sent: Wednesday, November 25, 2020 5:56 AM
Subject: Re: Slack and application mode

I have found Slack extremely difficult to use from the first attempt I ever made to use it.

I've achieved the best result (for me) to be use insert+z to switch from
virtual cursor to PC cursor, then use F6 to navigate between the various
panes.  This still results in sometimes unexpected results, depending on
which panes are visible.


On 11/24/2020 5:58 PM, Don Mauck wrote:

Well, I’m getting a bit confused myself. It seems that I do get
different results with CTRL1 or 2. As I look at my version of Slack,
Slack Version 4.11.2, I feel like Slack works differently.

I’m finding that the long list of keystrokes, (CTRL+/, have no
consistency. I’m determined to learn Slack since it appears that now,
everyone insists in using this very ugly product.

Are there Slack users? I’ve bee looking for some kind of Slack 
accessibility list but what used to be available is no longer valid.


Don Mauck | Senior Accessibility Evangelist | Accessibility Program
Office |  (APO)

303.334.4184 <303.334.4184> <>

*From:* Mark <>
*Sent:* Tuesday, November 24, 2020 3:28 PM
*Subject:* Re: Slack and application mode

It's a little promising but still not like before. What does CTRL+ 1
do in JAWS?  I tried looking it up in keyboard help but it didn't say
In Slack, CTRL + 1 is a shortcut for changing to a workspace.

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