WordPress Keyboard Shortcuts Guide

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The amount of time taken per task is an essential metric in measuring your work productivity.

Going from your keyboard to the mouse and back again doesn’t seem that counterproductive from the outset. With time, however, the time adds up and can harm productivity without you even knowing it.

Similar to how spreadsheet users speed up their data entry process by using keyboard shortcuts, WordPress users can also benefit from keyboard shortcuts to significantly speed up their workflows.

These shortcuts help you avoid the extra hassle of going over to your mouse to switch tabs, copy/paste text, or any other activity. In this article, we will be going through some of the most common WordPress keyboard shortcuts.

By the end of this article, you will know the most widely used keyboard shortcuts for WordPress. To stay with the times, we’ve also compiled a list of shortcuts for the Gutenberg Editor as well.

So, without further introductions, let’s begin with the very first list of keyboard shortcuts.

WordPress Keyboard Shortcuts on Windows

Ctrl + A – Selects all the text within a given field 

Ctrl + C – Copies the selected te

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xt to clipboard

Ctrl + V – Pastes the selected text into a field within the browser or in a separate text file

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Ctrl + B – Emboldens the text

Ctrl + I – Italicizes text

Ctrl + U – Underlines selected text

Ctrl + K – Creates a link of the text

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Ctrl + X – Cuts text from the field

Ctrl + Z – Undo

Ctrl + S – Save changes

Ctrl + P – Prompts the printer to print text

Alt +Shift + X – Displays selected text in monospace font

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Alt +Shift + H – Displays the keyboard shortcuts

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WordPress Keyboard Shortcuts on Mac

The shortcuts are essentially the same for Mac users with the only exception being the use of Mac’s Command button instead of the Ctrl button on Windows.

Command + C – Copies the selected text to clipboard

Command + V – Pastes the selected text into a field within the browser or in a separate text file

Command + B – Emboldens the text

Command + I – Italicizes text

Command + X – Cuts text from the field

Command + A – Selects all the text within a given field

Command + Z – Undo

Command + S – Save changes

Command + P – Prompts the printer to print text

Command + U – Underlines selected text

Command + K – Creates a link of the selected text

Option + Control + X – Displays selected text in monospace font

Option + Control + H – Displays the keyboard shortcuts

You can apply these shortcuts when you’re working on the page editor or post editor on WordPress. Again, it will take some time getting used to but in the long run, they will pay off dividends in saving your time.

Time Saving Gutenberg Keyboard Shortcuts for WordPress Block Editor

Coming pre-packaged with your basic WordPress installation, the Gutenberg Block Editor delivers simplicity on your WordPress site.

While Gutenberg does support all the basic keyboard functions we’ve talked about before, it has its own specific set of shortcuts that help you speed up the publishing process.

Let’s look at some of them:

Enter – Block Addition

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Ctrl + Shift + D – Creates duplicates of selected block(s).

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Alt + Shift + Z – Removes selected block(s).

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Ctrl + Alt + T – Prompts a new block to open before selected block(s).

Ctrl + Alt + Y – Prompts a new block to open after selected block(s).

/ – This helps you change the block type once you’ve added a new paragraph.

Esc – Clear selection.

Ctrl + Shift + Z – Allows you to redo the previous undo.

Ctrl + Shift + , – Allows you to shows or hide the settings menu.

Alt + Shift + O – Prompts open the block navigation menu

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Alt + Shift + N – Helps you navigate to the next part of the block editor.

Alt + Shift + P – Helps you navigate to the previous part of the block editor.

Alt + F10 – Allows you to navigate to the nearest toolbar.

Ctrl + Shift + Alt + M – Allows you to switch between the Block Editor and the Code Editor.

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Gutenberg Keyboard Shortcut for Mac users:

Enter – Block Addition

/ – This helps you change the block type once you’ve added a new paragraph.

Command + Shift + D – Creates duplicates of selected block(s).

Control + Option + Z – Removes selected block(s).

Command + Option + T – Prompts a new block to open before selected block(s).

Command + Option + Y – Prompts a new block to open after selected block(s).

Esc – Clear selection.

Command + Shift + Z – Allows you to redo the previous undo.

Command + Shift + , – Allows you to shows or hide the settings menu.

Option + Control+ O – Prompts open the block navigation menu

Option + Control+ N – Helps you navigate to the next part of the block editor.

Option + Control+ P – Helps you navigate to the previous part of the block editor.

fn + Option + F10 – Allows you to navigate to the nearest toolbar.

Command + Option + Shift + M – Allows you to switch between the Block Editor and the Code Editor.

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WordPress Formatting Shortcuts

In addition to the shortcuts we’ve discussed above, WordPress has a few formatting shortcuts that make your content writing easier. While not exactly keyboard shortcuts, all of these are a handy alternative when you’re writing. 

In this section of the article, we will explain which shortcuts work for: 

  • Ordered and unordered lists 
  • Blockquotes 
  • Horizontal lines

When you’re in the WordPress Editor, typing the following keys will perform several different functions. Here are some of them: 

* – Begins an unordered list 

1. – Begins an ordered list 

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Alt + Shift + 2 – Creates a H2 heading

Alt + Shift + 3 – Creates a H3 heading

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Shift + Alt + Q – Makes a selected paragraph in blockquotes

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Conclusion

While all of these shortcuts might require some work getting used to. That said, they will definitely help you gain traction in your workday by boosting your productivity. In the long, when you’re saving time, it means you’re getting more work done.

We hope this article provided you with the essential knowledge of WordPress keyboard shortcuts. Additionally, we would recommend you our guide on changing the footer credits of a WordPress site.

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