The web interface does not respect the setting where 'enter' sends a message (or not); pressing 'enter' does indeed send the message.

I have composed letters in Word (including line breaks) and then pasted the text into the web interface, but this is overkill.

So how does one create a line break in WhatsApp web?

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You can press Shift+Enter to create line breaks in WhatsApp web:

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Documented: https://gadgets.ndtv.com/apps/features/whatsapp-keyboard-shortcuts-mac-windows-app-browser-full-list-2409260

Many desktop applications and websites exhibit this behaviour as well; one of the examples is Stack Exchange's own chat server.

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    Yes! Easy when you know how.... Thanks. Jun 4, 2019 at 4:31
  • Any way to change such behavior so ENTER doesn't send the message?. Jun 17, 2020 at 20:40
  • @JaimeHablutzel other than a keyboard mapper, I have no idea ...
    – Glorfindel
    Jun 17, 2020 at 20:40
  • @VScode_fanboy thank you for finding a source! As for the grammar, that is the British spelling and that should not be changed. (I'm not British but I like that spelling better.)
    – Glorfindel
    Nov 9, 2021 at 17:30
  • @Glorfindel blame Firefox. Nov 10, 2021 at 11:30

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