I use a Bluetooth keyboard with my iPad. When I am sending messages through the Messages app, the enter key does not initiate a "send" the way I expect (it, instead, just returns down to the next line). Is there a way to make the "enter" key send the message instead of dropping down to the next line? Some magic key combination perhaps?

  • I asked the same question, changing the keyboard settings doesn't work on the ipad (you're right cajunLuke) wonder why they didn't make that do that, its a bit annoying, as you are used to speed typing once you have the blue tooth ipad keyboard. Karen – user71894 Mar 2 '14 at 17:51

On you iPad. Go into "Settings" then navigate to "General", go to "Keyboard" option. Select the "International Keyboards" option and change your "Hardware Keyboard layout" from "U.S." to "U.S.International-PC". Your RETURN/ENTER Key will now send messages on you messaging Apps.

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    This does not work for me at all. Does this really work for some? – Jonathan van Clute Nov 25 '13 at 1:03
  • Did not work for me either – webworm Jul 8 '14 at 21:54
  • Didn't work for me either. – abjbhat Dec 16 '15 at 4:43

Hit Enter while Cmd is in action.

  • How do you do that on the iPad? I don't see a COMMAND key – SDsolar Apr 9 '18 at 3:53
  • You'll have a "cmd" or "windows" key on your external keyboard. – Ioan-Radu Tanasescu Jun 6 at 8:20

There is not a way to do that. The enter/return key does the same action as hitting the button in the lower-right of the keyboard. In some apps, it sends a message or performs an action; in others, it generates a newline. Messages does the latter. You have to use the Send button on the screen to send a message.

  • Where is the send button on the iPad? – SDsolar Apr 9 '18 at 3:53

On a computer sometimes command+enter is used for submitting content while enter is used for newlines. I doubt it is recognized by Messages on iPad but it's worth a try.

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    Command + Enter worked for me, don't know why that answer has a -2. – user90085 Sep 8 '14 at 23:07
  • Same here. It worked for me – abjbhat Dec 16 '15 at 4:43
  • As of iOS 10 or maybe earlier, iPad supports pressing Return for Messages. But any other apps have to be programmed to accept it. It's not an automatic part of UITextField I guess. – Tatsh Nov 18 '17 at 19:04

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