In the chat, we often use backticks highlight code inside of sentences, exactly like how we do it here.

Unfortunately, it's located peculiarly close to the esc key, which has a nasty effect of clearing the chat input.

Outside of making a userscript, would it be alright to disable that effect so that I (and probably a bunch of others) don't throw my computer out the window when I lose a larger post to a misplaced keystroke?

Note: command+z (OSX) does not undo the delete.

  • Was about to comment about control|command+Z not working. That's the part that bugs me. There is no going back.
    – DJSpud
    Feb 14, 2014 at 20:22
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    stackapps.com/questions/3161/… relevant.
    – rlemon
    Feb 14, 2014 at 20:23
  • yeah I didn't even knew that happened until today.. I cant think of a reason I would need to suddenly clear my entire input.
    – Loktar
    Feb 14, 2014 at 20:25
  • @rlemon post that as an answer. It has my upvote and it'll reach more people that way Feb 14, 2014 at 20:25
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    @RUJordan done and done.
    – rlemon
    Feb 14, 2014 at 20:27

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as a workaround for people I have created a userscript that offers keyboard shortcuts for common text formatting in the chats.

you can see the script here: Chat Easy Input Tools - Provides keyboard shortcuts for common text formatting commands

Installing it is a little strange (sorry it is not on the play store) - you need to download the file and open chrome://extensions and drag and drop it to the page.

How to use.

All of the following commands are run if the user has focus in the chat input area.

  • ALT + A inserts a link.
  • ALT + T inserts a .
  • ALT + B formats text to bold.
  • ALT + I formats text to italics.
  • ALT + S formats text to strike-through.
  • ALT + C formats text to code.

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