Send a private message

Follow the following steps to send a new private message.

Open a new compose box for private messaging

There are several ways to get a compose box for private messaging.

Fill out all the fields yourself

  1. If the compose box is not currently open, click the New private message button located near the bottom of the screen. The compose box will open, showing the one or more people... and Compose your message here... inputs.

    Private message

  2. In the one or more people... field, input the username or email address of the user you want to privately message. When you begin typing an email address or username, autocomplete suggestions will appear.

Autopopulate private message addressee

You can also compose a private message to someone using the user card. There are three ways to get to the user card.

  1. In the user list on the right sidebar, hover over the name of the user you want to privately message to reveal a down chevron () icon to the right of the user's name. Click on the {!down- chevron.md!}

    You can search for a specific user by entering the user's name in the Search users input.

  2. Click on the @mention of someone in chat text.

  3. Click on the name of the author of a message.

Once you have the user card displayed, select the Send private message option from the actions dropdown. This will open the compose box with the target user as the recipient.

You can open a compose box with the addressee autopopulated if you press R while a message is highlighted, but the compose box is not open.

View your private message history with a user and compose

If you'd like to look at your message history with a user while you compose your message, do the following:

  1. In the user list on the right sidebar, click on the name of the user you want to privately message.

    You can search for a specific user by entering the user's name in the Search users input.

  2. Upon clicking on the user's name, your view will be narrowed to your private message history with the selected user, and the compose box will be transformed to include the selected user's email address in the one or more people... field.

Compose and send the private message

  1. Once you have the private message compose box open, you can enter your message in the Compose your message here... field.

  2. Once you have finished completing your message and adding the recipients, you can now send your message to the specified user(s) by pressing the Enter key or clicking the Send button, depending on your settings.

    Whether or not the Press Enter to send option is enabled, pressing Ctrl + Enter or Tab then Enter sends a message, while pressing Shift + Enter inserts a new line in your message.

Cancel a private message

You can always cancel your message by clicking the x () icon located at the top right corner of your compose box

You can close the compose box by pressing the Esc key.