Slack is a tool that many of us use for communicating with work colleagues. However, it can cause professional embarrassment with its default messaging settings, which send a message every time you hit Enter – making it too easy to send messages that you haven’t thought through or to accidentally strike the Enter key and send half-finished messages. The good news is you can stop Slack sending messages when you press Enter.
Time needed: 2 minutes
Stop Slack sending messages when you press Enter
- Open the Slack app preferences
Fire up Slack on your computer and then click on the name of your workspace in the top-left corner of the screen. Select Preferences from the drop-down menu, as shown here:
- Switch Enter key behaviour
In the Preferences screen, select the Advanced tab on the left-hand side. Now, under ‘When writing a message, press Enter to…’ select the ‘Start a new line’ option. You’ll also see a prompt there showing you which key combo you’ll need to press to send a message in your operating system. On Mac it’s Command + Enter, on Windows/Linux it’s Ctrl + Enter.
Note that all of your settings in Slack are workspace-specific. So, if you have multiple Slack workspaces, you’ll need to adjust the preferences in all of them.