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How Do I Alter the “Send” Command In Messages?

My early 2014 Mac Air (Catalina 10.15.5, and all earlier) insists that the text be sent on tapping the “return” key resulting in most deliveries going out prematurely as i try for a line break. The menu bar Edit column has the intended command hotkey of “Command > Return” greyed out, and the usual route through System Preferences > Keyboard > Shortcuts doesn’t make any difference. Ideally i’d like to have the Send command in Messages the same as the Mail hotkey of Command > D, but the inoperative Command > Return will help my threatened hair retention. I’ve never used Terminal and only used Automator to download their prepared mini-app (Quit-all-Apps) but keen to learn. Many thanks for sharing your skills and experience with all of us MacMost clubbers, i doubt you appreciate the difference this makes not only in our ability but also confidence to extend knowledge and experiment.
Gerry Taylor

Comments: 2 Responses to “How Do I Alter the “Send” Command In Messages?”

    3 years ago

    There's no real solution for that. In many messaging apps and similar situations where one line of text is typically an entire message, pressing Return will send or complete the message. You see it in social media apps all the time.

    The solution is to use Option+Return to force a new line without sending the message. But it is just something you have to get used to. Getting in the habit can be useful as then you can use it in other places where this happens too.

    Alternatively, just hit Return and send the message. There's no real problem for most people if you send 3 short messages instead of 1 long one. It could help break up the thoughts into different parts, making it easier to read.

    Gerry Taylor
    3 years ago

    Many thanks, Gary. Fast off the mark and right on the ball. So it's a matter of staying alert, no habit tolerated, you must consciously decide to extend the text by using the Option hotkey or (s)end/return. The effect is much the same in iOS where the send button is at the end of the text line where the slightest miscalculation of the thumb results in another devices' premature sending. It's a plot. I wonder why there's that greyed out hotkey combo, Command > Return listed in the "Messages" edi

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