Telegram Desktop Keyboard Shortcuts (hotkeys)

The Telegram Messenger app is very popular on both Desktop and mobile. If you installed and used it, you might be interested in learning its keyboard shortcuts. These hotkeys can help you save time and increase productivity. Here we go.


Note: This post was updated on January 25, 2021 with more keyboard shortcuts available in actual Telegram versions.
Telegram Desktop

Telegram Messenger has been available on multiple platforms for years now, including Android, iOS, Windows PC and Windows Phone. From all the modern messengers, Telegram has most lightweight Desktop app and nice features like history synced across all your devices, large file transfer (up to 2 GB), free stickers and a lot of other features often implemented better than in similar apps.

You can use the following keyboard shortcuts in Telegram:

Move to next chatCtrl + Tab
Move to next chatCtrl + PageDown
Move to next chatAlt + Arrow Down
Move to previous chatCtrl + Shift + Tab
Move to previous chatCtrl + PageUp
Move to previous chatAlt + Arrow Up
Go to Previous FolderCtrl + Shift + Arrow Up
Go to Next FolderCtrl + Shift + Arrow Down
Search selected chatCtrl + F
Exit selected chat and search TelegramEsc
Exit display of current chat/channelEsc
Delete currently selected messageDelete
Quit TelegramCtrl + Q
Lock Telegram (if Local Password is set)Ctrl + L
Iconify (Minimize) TelegramCtrl + M
Iconify (Minimize) Telegram to System TrayCtrl + W
Edit Previous MessageArrow Up
Start New Line in Input AreaCtrl + Enter or Shift + Enter
Move Cursor to Start of Multi-line MessageCtrl + Home
Make Text ItalicCtrl + I
Make Text BoldCtrl + B
Make Text UnderlineCtrl + U
Make Text StriketroughCtrl + Shift + X
Make Text MonospaceCtrl + Shift + M
Remove Text Formatting (Make Selection Plain Text)Ctrl + Shift + N
Add URL to Selected Text (Make Link)Ctrl + K
Send FileCtrl + O
Open ContactsCtrl + J

That's it. Please let me know if I forgot something.

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29 thoughts on “Telegram Desktop Keyboard Shortcuts (hotkeys)

  1. Abhishek

    Thank you for sharing them.
    There is one shortcut that I want to suggest. If you have created a draft of a message and haven’t sent it yet, then you can use Ctrl + Home to come to the starting point of the message (to edit something at the beginning) and Ctrl + End to come to the end point of the message draft.

    1. Sachin

      This is a key combination that works in text input fields; it is not unique to Telegram’s message input field. (I’m not sure if it works in all text input fields.)

  2. Reza

    Ctrl + I for making text ITALIC

    1. Davix_Pixie

      That is not necessarily a Telegram keyboard shorcut… can be used in any text field.. like whatsapp, docx even search bar…. home takes u to the start of line & CTRl + home takes you to the start of the typed text.

  3. norouzi

    You missed CTRL+K (make a URL)

    1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

      thanks mate.

  4. Clover Ernest

    CTRL + B makes the highlighted text bold.

  5. Marko

    ctrl-arrow up to reply to previous messages

    1. Daniel Flórido Leal

      I couldn’t make it

  6. sasha

    also very useful is to hold ctrl + scroll wheel, when you want to scroll faster

  7. Darryl

    hello there my name is Darryl and i would like to know if there is a shortcut key for pausing and playing voice notes if not it would be great if it was made because i have to keep going to the voice note when i need to pause it.

  8. Roland

    How can I clear messages in WhatsApp using the keyboard?

    1. Davix_Pixie

      Whatsapp doesn’t hv a very good desktop app.. that is one of the reason it isn’t for power users…. moreover, they just focus simple features used by general public

  9. Pradipta Sahu

    why not showing Secret chat on laptop, only show the mobile version on Telegram

    1. na0341

      Because the secret Chat is sent from one device to another – right away – and is not stored on the telegram servers. So it cannot be loaded from another device.
      Secret chats are currently only available on mobile devices (sadly).

  10. Manu

    Hotkey for “SAVE IMAGE AS” please?

  11. Davix_Pixie

    That is not necessarily a Telegram keyboard shorcut… can be used in any text field.. like whatsapp, docx even search bar…. home takes u to the start of line & CTRl + home takes you to the start of the typed text.

  12. Fernando

    Does anybody know shorcuts for media control?

  13. yas

    hi can we disable the “Edit Previous Message” shortcut?

    1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

      It doesn’t look possible.

  14. Jango

    Some great ones in here!
    Does anyone know it there’s a shortcut for “mark as unread”?
    I use this a lot and this would save quite some time over hundreds of uses.

  15. Glen

    hotkey to start new line on desktop

    1. glen read

      Its OK I discovered it. the hotkey is C + enter

    2. Facundo

      Shift + Enter

  16. a

    ctrl + 1 to select the first chat

  17. Jigyasa

    any shortcut to move to typing area without using the mouse to click it?
    also, a delete message shortcut?
    (both for desktop)

  18. Yara

    Oh, I’m so grateful! You made my life so much easier

  19. qrimosa

    please, help me with selecting the last message shortcut

  20. govind

    Ctrl + 0 (zero) to move to the saved messages. This is one shortcut that i use most often. The article was helpful.


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