Do you hit ENTER in Microsoft Teams for a new line and accidentally post partial messages? Try this hack

Me too! I have been doing it regularly. I’m moving between applications and my brain just fails to switch to “Teams” mode and remember that I’ve got to hit SHIFT+ENTER to get a new line. This leaves me frustrated with posting partial messages (or messages I wish hadn’t been sent as I wasn’t finished).

Frustrated with forgetting to hit SHIFT+ENTER in Microsoft Teams and accidentally posting partial messages
Frustrated with forgetting to hit SHIFT+ENTER in Microsoft Teams and accidentally posting partial messages

Solution: Hit the Format button (the first button with an icon of ‘A’)

This hack may be able to help you. It does require some forethought, but I’ve found my brain is having a much better time remembering this than SHIFT+ENTER.

Simply don’t use the standard inline reply box if your message is going to be anything longer than a few words.

By default, the first message extension (just under the inline input area) provides a richer editing experience.

In this editing experience pressing ENTER gives you a new line as you would expect – how novel!

Not only that you will find you can make your messages look a lot better with some of the options available here.

Learn more about creating and formatting chat messages

37 thoughts on “Do you hit ENTER in Microsoft Teams for a new line and accidentally post partial messages? Try this hack

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  1. Excellent, thank you so much, I totally agree what is the point of the send arrow (paper plane) if the enter key does this. Microsoft sort yourselves out!

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  2. Just started using Teams and became instantly annoyed when I hit return and it sent my opening salutation. This option is marvelous, really appreciate the feedback. Thank you.

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  3. Thanks, your post was very helpful! I thought I would add that if you DO post a half-finished message, that you can easily edit it rather than leaving a series of messages. Just click the dots for more options at the top of the message and choose ‘edit’.

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  4. Thanks for sharing this – it helped. I was hitting alt-enter and getting frustrated – learned both the shift enter and the editor from your post – thanks a ton!

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  5. OMG You’ve just saved my life by a simple trick! Everybody in my company keeps complaining about this, now I can save all of them, thanks to you haha.
    Thank you, Sir!!

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  6. I’m very used to hitting Alt-Enter in Excel to get a new line within a cell for text, so it is very annoying that Teams has Shift-Enter for the same behavior. :-/ This is a great tip, thank you.

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  7. I’m very used to hitting Alt-Enter in Excel to get a new line within a cell for text, so it is very annoying that Teams has Shift-Enter for the same behavior. :-/ This is a great tip, thank you.

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  8. As a work-around, it’s a solution of course, but please don’t misinterpret the direction of my cranky response (hint: it’s not directed at you) this work-around is about as retarded as the need to hit Shift-enter for something that is ALWAYS ALWAYS ALWAYS plain old Enter when typing text in any other text-based non-dialog form.

    Pressing that extended format key is about as useful and flow-interrupting as having to press Shift-enter. It is utterly unacceptable that the Microsoft development team for Teams is so damned ignorant and stubborn about fixing this very trivial feature. Changing the behaviour, or even coding up an option to /choose/ the behavoir is probably 30 minutes work for any competent front-end developer.

    Microsoft should seriously consider hiring some adult professionals to replace the dim-witted team of millenial babies they seem to have currently developing this product. Oh, that might hurt their feelings? Just give ’em another participation award for their bedroom wall and remind them “They can do or be anything they want to be” with a pat on the head as they are steered towards the door.

    There are so many other inexcusable weaknesses in Teams, and they always seem to be from an attempt to reinvent wheels just for the sake of it. For example, who decided that moving the cursor left to fix a little spolling mistaik should cause the edit mode to automatically switch to overtype? Pure genius? I think not. Sheesh.

    Please don’t dignify garbage in software with a cheery substitution of a poor excuse or equally poor suggestion about how to work around bad design. Software is too endemic and essential to be burdened with endless and seemingly ever-deeper pits of quality control failures.

    Have a nice day.

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