WhatsApp Web allows conversion of emoticons, use of two accounts, view hidden messages. Here you can check the latest tips, tricks and tutorials!
The WhatsApp has two versions for your computer: the Web WhatsApp, which can be accessed by the browser, and an application for Windows and MacOS. The messenger has several tricks and “hidden” functions to facilitate the use of the program on the PC that many users probably do not know.
Features like keyboard shortcuts and quick emoji search can be very useful for those who spend a lot of time in the app. DroidMag has put together a list of ten such tips – most of them work both on the web and on the desktop.
#1 Quick emoji search
Emoji are already an essential part of online chatting. To find them more easily on WhatsApp Web or Desktop, go to the chat typing field and place a colon (:) followed by the emoji-related term that you want to use.
For example, when you enter: “birthday”, all the options that involve this subject will appear just above, even before the word finishes being written. You can also navigate between them using the arrow keys and select the option with Enter.
#2 View conversation by mouse
Sometimes we receive a message and want to know what was said, but without letting who sent it know that the message has already been read. Even without disabling the read confirmation, in WhatsApp versions of the computer, this is possible by placing the cursor on the respective chat. Without clicking, the application will display the last message sent, while your caller will not know anything.
#3 Drag files to attach
When you use WhatsApp on your PC, you may be working or studying. In these situations, it is very common to need to exchange files. Sending one via the messenger can be quite quick and intuitive: just drag it and drop it on top of the conversation with the recipient.
#4 Use two accounts.
Normally, you can only access one WhatsApp account at a time on the same device. There is, however, a trick to circumvent this limitation on the computer. Open the browser and enter the WhatsApp Web. Then, open a window in anonymous or incognito browser mode and sign in with another account. Here’s how to use two accounts in WhatsApp.
#5 Convert emoticons to emojis
Both WhatsApp Web and the desktop program have support for emoticons. The user types and the software converts to the respective emoji. For example, typing “:-D” will automatically display 😃 on the screen. Several popular options are available, such as :-), :-(,: -P, and <3.
#6 Create desktop shortcut
To make it easier to access the WhatsApp Web, you can create a desktop shortcut through the browser. So if you are a frequent user, you can log in directly to the web app after turning on the computer.
#7 Adjust notifications
By default, WhatsApp Web and Desktop will display notifications every time a conversation is updated. Depending on the volume of messages, the windows jumping on the screen and the noise may be annoying, but you can disable these functions. Access the WhatsApp menu from the three dots at the top of the page, press “Settings” and then “Notifications”.
In this section, individually choose whether you want to hear sounds, receive alerts on the desktop, and preview messages. Another alternative is to disable sounds and alerts for a predetermined time – one hour, one day, or one week. Read also how to send voice messages in WhatsApp hands-free mode.
#8 Formatting Text
As with mobile, message formatting using markdown style modifiers is available for WhatsApp on the computer. To add excerpts in bold type, put the words between asterisks (for example: *DroidMag*). For italics, use underline (_); for scratched text, tilde (~); and for monospaced font, three grave accents (
#9 Keyboard shortcuts
In the WhatsApp desktop app in both Windows and MacOS, some keyboard shortcuts can make browsing more agile, especially if you’re the type of person accustomed to using more keys than the mouse when you tinker with your computer. There are commands for various functions, such as opening a new conversation, creating a group, and switching between chats. On the WhatsApp Web, however, these shortcuts do not work. Check out the full list below.
- Ctrl / Command + N: Start new conversation
- Ctrl / Command + Shift + N: Create a group
- Ctrl / Command + Shift + /: Switch between conversations
- Ctrl / Command + E: Archive conversation
- Ctrl / Command + Shift + M: Mute conversation
- Ctrl / Command + Shift + U: Mark conversation as unread
- Ctrl / Command + Backspace / Delete: Delete conversation
- Ctrl / Command + P: Open your profile
#10 Navigate using the Tab
Another tip for keyboard ninjas is to take advantage of WhatsApp Web and Desktop support when navigating the Tab key. The user can move at full speed through messenger features by simply pressing Tab and Enter. After starting the software, the first tap selects the search area; then the most current chat; then the emoji button; and then the typing field.
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