WordPress Wednesday: Keyboard Shortcuts!

Time for another WordPress Wednesday! Weekly tips for new and established self-hosted WordPress users, designed to help you get the most out of your site from Sarah, a WordPress website developer.


A list of WordPress Keyboard Shortcuts

I literally found out yesterday that you can use keyboard shortcuts while composing WordPress posts and I was so excited I had to share! (Efficiency nerds FTW).

So the majority of people know the regular shortcuts – Ctrl (or Cmd if you’re on a Mac) + C for copy, V for paste, A for select all etc.

Ctrl (or Cmd for Mac) + key

Letter Action
c Copy
v Paste
a Select all
x Cut
z Undo
y Redo
b Bold
i Italic
u Underline
k Insert/edit link

So far so standard (altho Ctrl + K to insert a link was a new one on me!)

But did you know there’s a hidden subset of keyboard shortcuts that lets you justify your text, strikethrough items and apply header styles, all without having to use your mouse? Because I didn’t, but now I do and it’s changed everything*.

Just make sure you’ve upgraded to WordPress 4.2 (which you should be doing anyway following the recent security alerts) and then use the following combos to speed up your blogging! :)

The following shortcuts use different access keys: “Alt + Shift + letter” on Windows and Linux (and on Macs if you’re running any WordPress version below 4.2), and “Ctrl + Opt (Alt) + letter” on Macs (when running WordPress 4.2 and above).

Alt + Shift + key

Letter Action
n Check Spelling
l Align Left
j Justify Text
c Align Center
d Strikethrough
r Align Right
u • List
a Insert link
o 1. List
s Remove link
q Quote
m Insert Image
w Distraction Free Writing mode
t Insert More Tag
p Insert Page Break tag
h Help
x Add/remove code tag
1 Heading 1
2 Heading 2
3 Heading 3
4 Heading 4
5 Heading 5
6 Heading 6
9 Address

Ta da! Enjoy your new found efficiency (i.e. more time to eat biscuits and browse Twitter ;) )

*only a mild exaggeration.

Sarah Chong

Sarah Chong is a freelance Wordpress website developer, an unapologetic geek and a lover of all things yellow.

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