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Disable send message on pushing ENTER / Shift-ENTER

When typing a message I can never tell if pushing ENTER will:
- Start a new line
- Send the message

If i'm writing a bullet point list, ENTER gives me a new line.
If i'm just writing a line of text, ENTER sends the message.

Or at least it seems like that. Thats my point, its confusing.

Some apps take Shift+ENTER as a new line, others see that as a send command.

I'd like to turn off all those shortcuts, and just use the Send button to send with my mouse. That way I know whats going to happen.

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  • Igor Nikiforov commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I do agree. An option to set Enter to add a newline and use something like CTRL+Enter to send a message is definitely a must-have feature for any IM/chat/messaging service.

  • Takahito Maruyama commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    It's definitely necessary function, especially for Japanese, who presses Enter so many times to enter characters. With Japanese IME, most chat apps send a message with Ctrl+Enter pressed. Users should be able to choose just Enter or Ctrl+Enter to send a message. I already send a number of incomplete messages to my boss. This could be good reason to quit using the Teams app.

  • Paul commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    After entering a series of incomplete one-liners to my colleagues, I found a brilliant work around. I type everything I need to in Word, print it out, then take a photo of the printout with my phone, then open the Teams app on my phone and send the picture! It works every time! [/sarcasm]

    The *de-facto standard* for this is (and has been for decades, let me show you my age):

    Single-line data entry (eg. mIRC): Enter = Send
    Multi-line data entry: (eg. Outlook/Express back at least as far as 1995): Enter = new line, Ctrl+Enter = Send.

    SIMPLE. Why change something that works?

  • Swaroop B commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    After entering a series of incomplete one-liners to my colleagues, I found a brilliant work around. I type everything I need to in a text editor like Notepad or Word, then copy and paste into Teams. It works every time.

  • Matthias Bartosik commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Also, autocompletion of @names requires you to press enter to accept the autocomplete, the same key you use to send. I can't get used to this at all. I would prefer to have enter only add newline and autocomplete, not send.

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    my return key worked fine for several months until today. microsoft, a little help please.

  • Jennifer commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Yes, since there a send button, don't interpret a carriage return as a send. It stops your messages from being proper bits of readable text and turns them into "Tweets"

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Yes! This is driving me nuts and causing me to have to go back and edit my messages. Very annoying!
    Exactly my thoughts!!!

  • Megan Weise commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I agree, I would like to be able to completely turn off the ENTER to send. I have deleted/edited dozens of messages this week already.

  • Oleg commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I need Enter as a New Line (while Ctrl-Enter to send message is OK)

  • Barry Brittenham commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I might write many lines of text in a message, that means having to either open up the edit box or using Shift+Enter for every line, but I send the message only once ever. Why make me jump through hoops to do the thing I do the most, and make the thing I do only once easy? That is just bad UI design.

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    It's also confusing that it behaves differently when expanding the compose box. When expanded, ENTER does not send the message.

  • Jennifer Mason commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Yes! This is driving me nuts and causing me to have to go back and edit my messages. Very annoying!

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