Before patch 1.03 it used to be possible to send a chat message with no recipient by doing:

/p And then i type my message here

In other words, it was possible to send a message to your party, even when there was no one else in your party. As of 1.03 this is no longer possible. It yields the error message:

You can't do that command when not in-game. Type /? for more info.

Is it in any other way possible to send a chat message to no recipient? It sucks to have to spam friends or public chats with bogus messages...

  • If I've understood you correctly, you can't use /p at all? Jun 28, 2012 at 21:33
  • @JamesJiao Ohh... I thought it was only because I was not in a game. But now that you said so, I joined a game and tried using /p and it still didn't work. So it seems /p is bugged... But is there any other way to send a message to nobody, so that I don't need to spam public chats or my friends?
    – Alderath
    Jun 28, 2012 at 21:38
  • I don't know if it works in Diablo III, but many chat systems let you message yourself. Also, why do you want to send a message with no recipient?
    – robalan
    Jun 28, 2012 at 21:43
  • @Alderath If you type /?, do you see /p as an option? Or has something changed? Jun 28, 2012 at 21:44
  • @Alderath As for the workaround, try closing the chat box and reopen it. See if that helps. Failing that, your only option is to /w the player. No other workaround I can think of that's not spammy. Jun 28, 2012 at 21:47

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To send a message that nobody will see but yourself, simply leave all chat channels. An "invalid recipient" error message will display but your message is echoed back, allowing you to generate tooltips on items.

Before 1.0.3 I used to use /p while in the Auction House as a neat little trick to view the tooltip on something I sold (you can shift-click the icon for the gold in your completed tab).

  • How does this help with the OP's situation? Jun 28, 2012 at 22:36
  • This was exactly the type of thing I was looking for. I've had general chat always opened, so I never noticed that this was possible.
    – Alderath
    Jun 28, 2012 at 22:56
  • @JamesJiao Exactly this was the reason for which I want to be able to send messages to no recipient: I want to be able to see the stats on items that I have sold on AH. The fact that an error message is generated doesn't bother me at all. As long as I can see what item I sold I'm happy. And previously I just spammed the items in private msgs to a friend or on some not very frequently visited channel, like witch doctor chat for example. It's better with this method, so that you don't have to bother others with your workarounds to display item stats.
    – Alderath
    Jun 28, 2012 at 23:01
  • I think I might've misunderstood Elbyron's solution. Maybe it's the way it's worded. Jun 28, 2012 at 23:09
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    @Alderath: Why not just ask 'how do I view information on sold items' instead of asking how to continue a specific workaround?
    – Alok
    Jun 29, 2012 at 1:27

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