Facebook serves as a remarkable platform for personal and professional connections. But have you ever found yourself in a situation where you wanted to format your text with line breaks and each ‘Enter’ led to an unintended post? If yes, then this guide will help you master the art of using ‘Enter’ on Facebook without sending or posting your content.

Quick Insight: The ‘Shift’ and ‘Enter’ Combo

To type a new line without sending or posting your text, you’ll need to press and hold the ‘Shift’ key and then hit ‘Enter.’ This action lets you type your thoughts neatly in the chat box without causing your message to post prematurely.

Making the Most of ‘Enter’ in Facebook Messenger

Let’s take a closer look at how to use ‘Enter’ in Facebook messages without sending them:

  1. Open Facebook in your web browser and log in.
  2. Click the Messenger icon in the upper-right corner.
  3. Initiate a conversation.
  4. Type your text in the message box.
  5. Press and hold the ‘Shift’ key, then press ‘Enter.’

Now your cursor moves to a new line, allowing you to continue typing without sending the message. This handy trick works on the main Facebook page and messenger.com.

In the past, you could alter the default function of the ‘Enter’ key while sending messages, but Facebook no longer supports this feature.

If you’re using the mobile version, simply pressing the ‘Enter’ key will naturally create a new line without sending the message. This happens because the send button is separate.

Using ‘Enter’ in Status Updates Without Posting

Want to include line breaks in your status updates? Here’s how to do it:

  1. Click in the ‘What’s On Your Mind?’ box at the top of your Facebook homepage.
  2. Type the first paragraph of your status update.
  3. Press ‘Enter’ twice to start a new paragraph.
  4. Continue writing your status update.
  5. Once you’re ready, click on the ‘Share’ button under the status update frame to post your thoughts.

Creating Line Breaks in Comments Without Posting

Wish to add paragraphs in your comments? Follow these steps:

  1. Find the post you want to comment on.
  2. Click on the ‘Comment’ button.
  3. Type the first part of your comment.
  4. Hold down the ‘Shift’ key and press ‘Enter’ twice on your keyboard to create a new paragraph.
  5. Continue writing your comment and press ‘Enter’ to publish it.

Extra Tip: You can also use the ‘Ctrl’ key instead of ‘Shift’ in combination with ‘Enter’ to start a new paragraph in comments and Facebook posts.

Starting a New Paragraph on Facebook

To add a new paragraph in your Facebook comment, simply press ‘Shift’ + ‘Enter’ on your keyboard. This will create a new line, enhancing the clarity of your comment, especially when it’s lengthy.


What are Facebook buttons?

Facebook buttons are social add-ons that enhance your and your friends’ experiences. If you haven’t registered your site with Facebook yet, follow the instructions on the ‘Register your site with Facebook’ help page to get your App ID.

What does a red exclamation mark on my message mean?

A red exclamation mark indicates that your message couldn’t be sent. This could be because your contact has turned off their device or is experiencing poor internet connectivity.

How can I add a new line to a Facebook form?

To add a new line in a form, press ‘Shift’ + ‘Enter.’ This creates a new row instead of submitting the form.