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Mar 08, 2017
Upwork Messages Keyboard Shortcuts
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Do you know all of the tricks and shortcuts Upwork Messages has to offer? Whether you use Messages to exchange simple instructions and status reports, or frequently chat with your team members, these shortcuts can help you communicate more clearly and efficiently.

 

Messaging Shortcuts

  • Press Enter to send your message or add a line break, depending on the option you selected:

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  • Press Alt+Enter, Ctrl+Enter or Shift+Enter to add a line break.
  • Press Up-Arrow to edit last comment. To cancel, press Esc.

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  • Type @Name to mention a team member in your message. To cancel, press Esc.

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Navigation Shortcuts

  • Press Alt+Up/Down arrows to jump between rooms
  • Press Ctrl+Shift+F to search all messages
  • Press Ctrl+F to search current room.

Formatting Shortcuts

  • Wrap text in *โ€™s for bold: *bold*
  • Wrap text in _โ€™s for italic: _italic_
  • Wrap text in `โ€™s for keywords: `keyword`
  • Wrap text in ```โ€™s to post pre-formatted or multi-line text: ```pre-formatted```
  • Start lines with > for blockquotes.

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Fun Shortcuts

  • Use the standard โ€œ:emoji_name:โ€ format (colon wrapped) to send emoji.

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  • Type /giphy on a new line followed by a keyword or phrase to add an animated GIF in conversation.

 

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23 Comments
498b1ddf
Community Member

It would be even better if this worked in proposal fields so we can better structure our copy and make sections stand out.

tinker_bell3
Moderator

Hi Scot,

 

I've shared your feedback with the team for consideration. Thank you.

alisadiq90
Community Member

This answer needs to be updated.

I wrapped my text in *โ€™s for bold and it made my text italic. And the text I wrapped in _โ€™s for italic is still plain.

bstojadinovic
Community Manager

Hi Ali,

 

I checked this and I was able to get the bold text by wrapping it in two "**"s or "__"s (examples: **bold** or __bold__). Please check the shortcuts tab of this help article for more information and useful shortcuts you can use in Messages. 

asraful1312
Community Member

*Thanks*

akash-awasthi
Community Member

Try **Text** it works

shimul22
Community Member

```pre-formatted``` is now converted to keyword! what is the new shortcut of pre-formatted text?

djondinium
Community Manager

Hi Ihteshamul,

 

The keyboard shortcuts are working as designed. If you want to display your message in a block code, you can check this screenshot for reference. I would like to note that a single line of text can't be considered as a code block and it will be displayed differently.

 

Thank you.

dezignmate
Community Member

**Thanks for sharing and posting about keyboard shorcuts**

nasimi-shokrolla
Community Member

Thank you
Additionally, you can:
select a text (Ctrl+A) and then press (Ctrl + B) to bold
select a text (Ctrl+A) and then press (Ctrl + i) for Italic
select a text (Ctrl+A) and then press (Ctrl + B) then (Ctrl + i) for Bold and Italic

Use the same keys to get back to the default.

To copy a part of a text and past it in your message, you cannot use Ctrl+V, instead use Ctrl+Shift+V

There should be more but I didn't find

7be65560
Community Member

It's working, thank you!

banstala
Community Member

That's great !  Nice short-cuts, leading to wonderful message formats.  Smiley Happy

 

However, I remember, a "- " on a new line (probably with a preceding blank line) would give bulleted points... but for some strange reason, isn't working lately.

 

Any clues ?

a4f8443c
Community Member

Why not add this help near to the input textarea?
I'm always refering to this post due to the lack of information where it deservest to be.

tagrendy
Community Member

I am failing to add links via [text](url) formatting as indicated in the help article.

egaruth
Moderator

Hi Tatevik,

 

I would be happy to help. Could you please clarify if you are using this shortcut while typing a message or in a personal notepad? I would like to clarify that this should work only in a personal notepad. 

 

If you need further assistance please share a screenshot from your end and we will be happy to assist you further.