I keep sending iMessages from my mac before I have finished typing them by accidentally hitting the return key. Is there a way to change the behaviour to send on Cmd-Enter instead?

  • I don't think there's a way of changing this behavior, but if you want to insert a line break in your message, you can use control+Enter or alt (option)+Enter.
    – LaX
    Jul 7, 2015 at 10:02
  • Thanks for the suggestions, I am aware that you can enter a new line with Alt-Enter, I'm just clumsy (UK layout has large enter key very close to backspace) and don't like that it sends so easily.
    – James P
    Jul 7, 2015 at 11:52
  • What is the equivalent in the iPad version? I can't find a send key at all.
    – SDsolar
    Apr 9, 2018 at 3:51

3 Answers 3


I think its not possible to change behavior of Cmd-Enter Key you can use ALT + Enter/Return keys to create a New Line/paragraph in a text chat.


To override the default Enter behaviour I used the instructions posted in the question here: https://apple.stackexchange.com/a/236255/135255


Shift+Enter creates a new line for Spanish layouts.

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