Using WhatsApp on your computer is possible in two ways: through WhatsApp Web, version that works in the browser, or through the application for Windows and macOS, which must be downloaded on the PC. In both options, the messenger offers several tools that facilitate day-to-day use. It is possible, for example, to format the text, leaving words in bold or italics, use useful keyboard shortcuts, search for emojis quickly and even use more than one account on the same computer. Next, check out the best tips for using WhatsApp with greater productivity on the PC, either in the official application or through the web version of the messenger.
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Keyboard shortcuts speed up the use of WhatsApp on your computer Photo: Filipe Garrett / dnetc
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The WhatsApp desktop app supports the use of a number of keyboard shortcuts. Using key combinations to control the messenger can increase your productivity and allow you to perform activities a little faster than just using the cursor and clicking on the tools.
The list of shortcut options is varied, but some can be considered more important: CTRL + N, for example, starts a new conversation with the selected contact; CTRL + Shift +) navigate to the next conversation, CTRL + Shift + (navigate to the previous conversation; CTRL + Shift + M mutes a chat; CTRL + Backspace allows you to delete a conversation; CTRL + Shift + U marks messages as in read and CTRL + E archives a conversation.
The process of searching for the ideal emoji for each situation can be shortened with the use of a keyboard shortcut that allows you to choose pictures from a search. With each character you type, the filter changes and new options are displayed.
Using the colon (":") allows you to navigate emojis in a simple way Photo: Reproduo / Filipe Garrett
To do this, just type a colon (:) in the message box and the first two letters of the emotion you intend to type in English. Using ": th", for example, you can filter out emojis used to say thanks. With ": ha", you select the group of images related to happiness and so on.
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Using more than one WhatsApp account at the same time, on the same computer can be a bit more work, since the application does not support the feature, something that also happens on the cell phone. There are different ways to circumvent this limitation, but the simplest is to use the private browser mode.
It is possible to use two accounts at the same time on the same computer Photo: Reproduo / Filipe Garrett
In your preferred browser, simply access the WhatsApp Web site (web.whatsapp) and perform the QR Code reading procedure, leaving the second screen to repeat the process with another account. You can use WhatsApp Web in any recent browser, or even opt for Opera which already has WhatsApp integrated in the sidebar.
As with the smartphone version, WhatsApp for computers supports text formatting. It is possible to apply effects so that the words come out in bold, in italics, cut by a line or in mono spaced style.
Text formatting can be done with simple marks when typing Photo: Reproduo / Filipe Garrett
The process is quite simple: just use some specific marks in the text you want to format. To write in bold, just type the words between two "*". Thus, everything between the asterisks is in bold. For italics, use the underline: "_text_"; for text leaked by a line, the mark "~ text ~" and for the mono spaced effect, use: “ `text“`.
5. Replacing characters with emojis
Replacing characters is another way to use emojis on WhatsApp without having to look for each drawing. In this case, just type (no copy and paste) the code on the PC keyboard and the app will immediately replace it with a specific emoji. Some examples are:
- <3 –
- (y) –
- (n) –
- 🙂 –
- 🙁 –
- 😛 –
- : – | –
- : – –
- 😀 –
- : – * –
- 😉 –
- > _ < –
Stickers added on the cell phone are also available on the desktop version of WhatsApp Photo: Reproduction / Filipe Garrett
It is also possible to use stickers in conversations through WhatsApp Web. The sending of this content in messages follows the same process used in the application. The only difference is that it is not possible to download the stickers directly in a conversation. Therefore, you will have to install the sticker packs on your cell phone. Once you have the images on your device, it will be possible to access them normally via the computer.