50 macOS Keyboard Shortcuts for Messages

Are you looking to supercharge your messaging experience on macOS? Whether you’re a seasoned Mac user or a newcomer, keyboard shortcuts can be a game-changer.

This post is designed to help you navigate the Messages app like a pro. But that’s not all! If you’re keen on optimizing your entire Mac experience, don’t miss out on our curated list of useful Mac apps as well as our post on macOS tips and tricks.

Get ready to become a Mac power user!

Shortcuts for Messages
Keyboard Shortcuts Description
Command + , Open Messages Preferences
Command + H Hide Messages
Command + Option + H Hide everything except Messages
Command + Q Quit Messages
Command + N Start a new convesation
Command + O Open Messages window
Command + W Close Messaegs window
Command + P Print conversation
Command + F Search all conversation for matching text(or words)
Command + Option + K Clear chat log
Command + Control + Space Open Emoji & Symbols window
Command + M Minimize Messages window
Command + Option + M Minimize all Messages windows
Command + Option + L Open File Transfer Window
Command + Control + F Enter fullscreen
Shortcuts during conversation
Keyboard Shortcuts Description
Command + + Make text size bigger
Command + Make text size smaller
Option + Return Line break in conversation
Command + C Copy text
Command + V Paste copied text
Command + X Cut copied text
Command + Shift + : Open Spelling & Grammar window
Command + ; Check text for spelling and grammar error
Control + Tab Go to next conversation
Control + Shift + Tab Go to previous conversation
Command + Option + E Send an email to person in conversation
Command + Shift + E Show video effects while in video call
Select message + Delete Delete selected message
Command + Option + Shift+ W Close all conversations