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When deleting imessages on my mac, I want to press space bar so that i can quickly click on "delete" however tab doesn't work and I can't seem to focus on the pop up that has two options "cancel" and "delete". Basically I would like to press tab and then press the space bar to delete the imessage.

  • What version of Mac OS are you using? On High Sierra I do not get a prompt asking for confirmation when deleting conversations. – Kevin Grabher Apr 5 '18 at 9:51
  • High sierra 10.13.4 – Marin Apr 5 '18 at 15:40
  • ah, i see, this only appears if "Save history when conversations are closed" is unticked in Messages Settings – Kevin Grabher Apr 5 '18 at 15:42
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Go to System Preferences -> Keyboard Select the Tab "Shortcuts"

At the bottom there is the option "Full Keyboard Access". Switch that from "Text boxes and lists only" to "All controls".

Then you can use tab + space to select the Delete option in the dialog.

  • I followed your advice, but still need to move my cursor to delete to actually delete a message. Pressing return does nothing. Also, pressing command-d does nothing. The only way I've been able to delete a message on my Mac running High Sierra is to click on the x then move from cancel to delete and click on delete. Any other suggestions for High Sierra users? – Linda Sperling Jul 31 '18 at 4:13

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