Slash Commands and Macro Basics

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Slash Commands

Chat Commands

/chat, /chathelp - List of chat commands
/s - Say (local ambient chat)
/p - Party say (group chat)
/g - Guild say (guild chat)
/y - Yell (broadcast to surrounding area; use sparingly, as this can be construed as spam)
/w <player name> or /t <player name> - Whisper (or "tell" - conveys a private message to another player)
/r - Replies privately to a whisper you've received.

Party Commands

/invite <player name> or /inv <player name>- If you are the group leader, this command invites a player to your party. (If the player is close by, click on them, then right click their profile to invite, alternatively.)
/uninvite <player name> - Kicks a player from your group (group leader only).
/random <number> or /roll <number> - Randomly generates a number between one and the number specifed (group leader only).
/ffa - Sets the "free for all" loot policy (group leader only).
/master <player name> - Sets the player to be "master looter" (group leader only).
/roundrobin - Sets the "round robin" loot policy (group leader only).

Status Commands

/afk, /dnd - Raises your "Away From Keyboard" or "Do Not Disturb" flags
/follow or /f - Auto-follows another player. Be careful using this command in dangerous areas (e.g. lots of aggro, cliffs, etc.).
/sit - Sits your character down. Players regenerate faster when sitting.
/stand - You stand up. Alternatively, just move.
/pvp - Puts your character in Player vs. Player mode, making you vulnerable to attack from other players.

Guild Commands

/ghelp - For a list of guild commands.
/gquit - Removes you from your guild.
/ginvite - Invites a player to join your guild (officers / leaders only).
/o - Sends a message to officer chat (officers / leaders only).
/gpromote <player name> - Promotes a player one rank (officers / leaders only).
/gdemote <player name> - Demotes a player one rank (officers / leaders only).
/gremove <player name> - Removes a player from the guild (officers / leaders only).
/gmotd - Sets the guild message of the day (officers / leaders only).
/groster - Shows the guild roster (officers / leaders only).
/gleader <player name> - Allows the current guild leader to grant guild leadership to another player.
/gdisband - Disbands the guild (guild leader only).

Misc Commands

/em <message> - Creates an emote
/played - Reports the amount of time you've played the game with that character.
/who - Lists the players online.
/time - Tells you the official game time. WoW days and nights run on the real-time day / night cycle.
/trade - Invites the targetted player-character to trade with you.

Chat Channel Commands

/#, /c, /csay - Send a message to a certain channel # (E.G. /3 omw!)
/chatlist, /chatwho <channel>, /chatinfo <channel> - List channels or channel members.
/cinvite <player name>, /chatinvite <player name>- Invite a player to a channel
/announcements, /ann - Toggle join and leave announcements in a channel
/ban, /unban - Ban or unban a player from a channel (moderator only).
/join <channel name>, /channel <channel name>, /chan <channel name> - Join a channel
/kick <player name> - Kick a player from a channel
/leave <channel number>, /chatleave <channel number>, /chatexit <channel number> - Leave a channel (or all channels if unspecified)
/mod, /moderator, /unmod, /unmoderator - Change a player's moderator status
/moderate - Toggle moderation on a channel
/mute, /squelch, /unvoice, /unmute, /unsquelch, /voice - Change a player's permission status. Mute and squelch are the same thing. (moderator only).
/password, /pass <channel name ><password> - Change the channel's password (moderator only).

Combat Commands

/cast <spell name> - Use in macros to cast spells and combat abilities. Usage: /cast <full spell name> - ex. "/cast Rend (Rank 3)". Shift-click a spell on your hotbar or spellbook to automatically add the /cast command plus the full spell name to the macro line your typing up.


Emotes are fun little slash commands which are shorthand for a particular action or emotion, for example: /smile will type out the text "You smile" or "You smile at <target>." and your character will beam a smile. For a complete list of emotes, check out Blizzard's official emotes page.

Macro Basics

Access the macro interface through the main menu. Choose "New," then pick a name and an icon (any name / icon is fine, you can change it later if you like). In a macro, you can type up to 250 characters but can only cast one spell (one spell is the limit, even if the spells cast instantly) in the body section. To cast a spell, use the /cast command outlined above (under combat commands). There's no "save" button, just close the interface or create a new macro to save the macro you just created. There's no way to nest macros in other macros or any of that tomfoolery, but you can bind a macro to a key by dragging the macro icon.

Here's some more tidbits about macros:

  • Use "%T" to report your current target. This is useful to tell your group what you're about to pull, e.g. "/p % incoming! Be ready!!"
  • Want to assist your pet? Put the following in a macro: " /script if UnitExists("pet") then AssistUnit("pet"); end"
  • For other pet scripts, check out the Blizzard UI forum.
  • If you're not disposed to another type of UI mod, Cosmos reportedly allows you to put a pause in macro via the /in <number of seconds> command (i.e. begin casting fireball and say "eat fire!" 3 seconds later when the spell actually casts.)

Note that the voice emotes (ex. "/v help" to send out an emote with sound) have been temporarily removed from the game.

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