Blogging is hard enough, my prince?
Anything you can do to make work a little easier is worth knowing. For bloggers and website owners who use WordPress, one way to make the writing process more efficient is to use keyboard shortcuts. Anyone who is able to get some common keyboard shortcuts can reduce the time it takes to create a page or blog post within WordPress.
But before keyboard shortcuts are useful to you, you should know the options available to you. WordPress offers a wide range of shortcuts that can help improve your productivity when using the platform. Here are a few key items to keep on hand, for both the Gutenberg editor and the classic editor.
WordPress Gutenberg Editor Keyboard shortcuts
The Gutenberg editor is designed to make WordPress generally easier to use. To that end, the editor includes a list of keyboard shortcuts to help you work smarter rather than too hard. Here are some of the most important things to know.
- See all keyboard shortcuts: Shift + Alt + H (PC) or Control + Option + H (Mac)
Anytime you need to be reminded of available keyboard shortcuts while you’re working in WordPress, you’ll want that person to be on top of your concerns.
- Adding a new content block: Enter + /
The Gutenberg editor works with blocks. For each section or element you want to add to the page, you begin by adding the correct type of block. This keyboard shortcut makes it easy to pull up your options for a new block.
- Switch between the visual editor and the code editor: monitoring + Shift + Alt + M (PC) or Command + Shift + Option + M (Mac)
For anyone who does some of their work in the visual editor, but sometimes uses code as well, this is an easy way to navigate the two.
- Open List View: Control + Alt + O (PC) or Control + Option + O (Mac)
List view shows you a list of the different sections (or blocks) on your page, to make it easier to navigate between them.
- Go to the next part of the editor: Alt + Shift + N (PC) or Option + Control + N (Mac)
This is when you want to easily move to the next section of the WordPress editor.
- Go to the previous part of the editor: Alt + Shift + P (PC) or Option + Control + P (Mac)
And that’s when you want to go back to the last section.
- Go to the nearest toolbar: Alt + F10 (PC) or fn + Option + F10 (Mac)
Each block has its own toolbar. If you want to bring one to the toolbar closest to you, this shortcut will do the trick.
- Save your changes: Control + S (PC) or Command + S (Mac)
Don’t lose your job! Save regularly with this easy shortcut.
- Undo your most recent changes: Control + Z (PC) or Command + Z (Mac)
We have all been saved by the magic of the “undo” command at some point. Keep this shortcut handy when you need it.
- Select all: Control + A (PC) or Command + A (Mac)
Use this to highlight all of your text at once.
- block copy: Control + Shift + D (PC) or Command + Shift + D (Mac)
This will quickly repeat a block you have already created.
- block removal: Alt + Shift + Z (PC) or Control + Option + Z (Mac)
And use this to get rid of the block completely.
Gothenburg Keyboard Shortcuts Format for WordPress
As you type, you’ll often want to make changes to the text’s formatting. These shortcuts can make it easier
- Make text bold: Control + B (PC) or Command + B (Mac)
- Italicize the text: Control + I (PC) or Command + I (Mac)
- Text underline: Control + U (PC) or Command + U (Mac)
- Hyperlink text: Control + K (PC) or Command + K (Mac)
Generic keyboard shortcuts that work in WordPress, too
You may already be familiar with these keyboard shortcuts. But if not, you can not only start using them in WordPress, but also in other programs that you commonly use.
- transcribe: Control + C (PC) or Command + C (Mac)
- paste: Control + V (PC) or Command + V (Mac)
- Cuts: Control + X (PC) or Command + X (Mac)
- cancel download: Control + Z (PC) or Command + X (Mac)
WordPress Classic Editor Keyboard shortcuts
Most current WordPress users have switched to the Gutenberg editor, but if you have a strong preference for the old version and stick to the classic editor, these keyboard shortcuts should work for you.
change your destination
The shortcuts below will help you change titles and subtitles.
- Address 1: Control + 1 (PC) or Command + 1 (Mac)
- Address 2: Control + 2 (PC) or Command + 2 (Mac)
- Address 3: Control + 3 (PC) or Command + 3 (Mac)
- Address 4: Control + 4 (PC) or Command + 4 (Mac)
- Address 5: Control + 5 (PC) or Command + 5 (Mac)
- Address 6: Control + 6 (PC) or Command + 6 (Mac)
Align your text
When you want to quickly adjust text alignment, the following commands will help you to do so.
- Align left: Alt + Shift + L (PC) or Command + Option + L (Mac)
- Right alignment: Alt + Shift + R (PC) or Command + Option + R (Mac)
- Center alignment: Alt + Shift + C (PC) or Command + Option + C (Mac)
- Justify your text: Alt + Shift + J (PC) or Command + Option + J (Mac)
Change your links
You can also include and remove links via the keyboard.
- Enter a link: Alt + Shift + A (PC) or Command + Option + A (Mac)
- Delete a link: Alt + Shift + S (PC) or Command + Option + S (Mac)
Modify media and items
WordPress has many other media features like quotes, images, page breaks, and more, which you will be able to activate using the shortcuts below.
- Enter a picture: Alt + Shift + M (PC) or Command + Option + M (Mac)
- Insert quotes: Alt + Shift + Q (PC) or Command + Option + Q (Mac)
- Enter more tag: Alt + Shift + T (PC) or Command + Option + T (Mac)
- Enter a page break: Alt + Shift + P (PC) or Command + Option + P (Mac)
- Spell check of your text: Alt + Shift + N (PC) or Command + Option + N (Mac)
To reduce distractions and improve your concentration while typing, you can enable the built-in distraction-free typing mode.
- Turn on/off distraction free mode: Alt + Shift + W (PC) or Command + Option + W (Mac)
WordPress has a variety of shortcuts that you can use to manage the comments section. If you have a very active comments section, these shortcodes will help you manage and respond to your comments more easily.
To use these comment shortcuts, you will first have to enable them from within the WordPress dashboard. To do this, go to Users > Profile > Keyboard Shortcuts, then check the box that allows keyboard shortcuts. You must turn this feature on manually for any user who will use keyboard shortcuts to manage comments.
Once you are in the comments screen, you can scroll up by pressing the K key and scroll down by pressing the J key.
The following shortcuts will help you better manage individual comments. All you have to do is press the associated key from within the Comments screen:
- Comment approval: a
- Delete Comment: Dr
- Mark the comment as spam: s
- Restore Comment: With
- Disapproval of a comment: WL
- Reply to comment: s
- Turn on quick comment editing: s
If you regularly have a lot of comments that you need to reply to, manage or delete, the following shortcuts will save you a lot of time.
To select the comments you want to manage, simply use the J and K keys to find your comment. If you want to select each comment, use the Shift + X command. Choosing the comments you want, you can do the following:
- Approval of comments: Shift + A
- Delete comments: Shift + D
- Tag as advertising: Shift + S.
- Unapproved comments: Shift + U
- Move comments to trash: Shift + T.
- Return comments from Trash: Shift + Z
Save time with these WordPress keyboard shortcuts
It may seem like it takes a lot to master all of the above shortcuts, but remember that you don’t have to learn them all in one day. Simply pick a few that you think will be the most valuable and incorporate them into your existing workflow. Over time, you can add more, and soon the ones you need most will come to you naturally.
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