Keyboard Shortcuts in the ThruText Messenger

Rather than requiring your mouse to navigate the screen, folks sending texts through the messenger can utilize a series of keyboard shortcuts to jump between tabs and the message composition box.

Texters can access the keyboard shortcuts through the link on the bottom of the messenger or by pressing [shift] + ? (shift plus question mark). Press 'esc' to close the keyboard shortcuts box.

NOTE - When using the following shortcuts, the keys must be selected one after the other and not held at the same time. Simply press the first key, release it, and then press the second key.

Shortcuts you can use while in your assignment:

Keyboard ShortcutAction
Pressing 'g' then 'r'
Takes you to the 'Replies' tab
Pressing 'g' then 's'Takes you to the 'Surveys' tab
Pressing 'g' then 'i'Takes you to the 'Info' tab
Pressing 'g' then 'm'Focuses on the Message Input box
Pressing 'c' then 'a'Archives a conversation
Pressing 'c' then 'o'Opts out a conversation
Pressing 'c' then 'm'
Requests more conversations1
Pressing 'j' then 'k'
Move up the contacts list in the Left Side Bar
Pressing 'j' then 'j'
Move down the contacts list in the Left Side Bar
Pressing 'esc' when in the message composition box
Clears focus from the Message Input Box2
Pressing 'tab' twice, then 'enter' when in the opt out menuCompletes the opt out request
Pressing 'tab' twice, then 'enter' when in the archive menuCompletes the archive request
Pressing 'shift' + 'enter' when in message composition boxCreates a line break in your message3
Pressing 'enter' when in the message composition boxSends your message

1 You can only use the "Request More Conversations" feature if you have finished your current assignment and tended to all awaiting replies.

2 shortcuts

3 This means if you click into the message box or use the 'g m' keyboard shortcut, pressing 'Shift+Enter' will break up your message with a new empty line.

You can see the keyboard shortcuts in the messenger by clicking on the pop-up menu at the bottom of the Left Side Bar.

Screenshot showing the link in the bottom left corner of the screen, inside the navy left side bar, and the modal expanded in the center of the screen.

In our ongoing quest to improve full keyboard accessibility, we will be adding additional keyboard-based shortcuts for the messenger in upcoming releases. 

We are still fine-tuning the behavior, so please send any feedback or keyboard shortcut requests to