Be a Messages App Keyboard Wizard – Mac Kung Fu, 2nd Edition

Tip 9Be a Messages App Keyboard Wizard

Because the Messages app is all about typing and because reaching for the mouse or trackpad can be a distraction, keyboard shortcuts are essential. Here are some of the more useful:

Shortcut

Description

Control+Command+A/I/O/W

Set your status as available (A), invisible (I), away (W), or offline (O).

Command+1

Show buddies list.

Control+Tab

Move between conversations listed on the left of the Messages window (if two or more conversations are listed).

Option+Up/Down

Cycle through things you’ve already typed and sent—useful if you need to repeat something said earlier in the conversation. Hit Return to resend the message.

Option+Command+B

Show the entry within Contacts of the person you’re chatting to; if they have no entry within your address book, you’ll instantly create a new one.

Shift+Command+I

Show profile details of the person you’re chatting to, and set audio alerts/bounce the Messages icon in the Dock/run an AppleScript when they perform various actions, such as come online or send you a message.

Option+Command+E

Compose a new email to the individual in Mail, provided an email address is associated with the individual’s IM chat account.

Option+Command+L

Show a list of recent and ongoing file transfers (to transfer a file, drag and drop it onto the conversation within the Messages window, or hit Option+Command+F to open a dialog box where you can select a file).

Shift+Command+K

Add a timestamp to the conversation, similar to that which appears when you initially go online and start chatting with somebody—useful if you want to record when something was said.

Option+Command+K

Permanently delete conversation—cannot be undone.

Shift+Command+E

Open video effects window so you can apply special effects to any video conversation (click the camera icon at the top right of the chat window to start video conversation; note that Messages doesn’t support video calls on all chat protocols).