HotKeys For WordPress

Moving  your hand between the keyboard and mouse gets tiresome when you have to do it every few seconds. Thankfully when working with computer bound apps, there are plenty of hotkeys or keyboard shortcuts built in. The trouble with getting used to hotkeys – you begin to wish they were everywhere including web based apps. Which is why I really appreciate them when writing a blog because they help me focus. The longer I keep my hands on the keyboard busily typing away, the faster and more often I write. That’s a good thing when you’re working hard to push out posts regularly.

Even if you aren’t the keyboard shortcut type by nature, give it a go just on WordPress and see if it improves your blogging speed. It might be clumsy at first trying to remember them but use them often enough, it becomes a habit you don’t hardly notice you’re using them. Here goes.

  • Ctrl+A – Select All
  • Ctrl+B – Bold
  • Ctrl+C – Copy
  • Ctrl+I – Italics
  • Ctrl+U – Underline
  • Ctrl+V – Paste
  • Ctrl+Y – Redo
  • Ctrl+Z – Undo
  • Shift+End – Select text from cursor to end of line
  • Shift+Home – Select text from cursor to beginning of line
  • Shift+Left – Selects text to the left side of the cursor
  • Shift+Right – Selects text to the right side of the cursor
  • Shift+Ctrl+Right / Shift+Ctrl+Left – Selects a word
  • Alt+Shift+A – Insert link
  • Alt+Shift+U – Unordered list
  • Alt+Shift+O – Ordered list
  • Alt+Shift+Q – Block quote
  • Alt+Shift+M – Insert media
  • Alt+Shift+S – Remove link
  • Alt+Shift+N – Spell check
  • Alt+Shift+L – Align left
  • Alt+Shift+R – Align right
  • Alt+Shift+C – Align center
  • Alt+Shift+J – Justify
  • Alt+Shift+D – Strikethrough
  • Alt+Shift+E – Switch editor mode
  • Alt+Shift+T – Insert more tag
  • Alt+Shift+G – Toggle full screen mode

Can’t remember all this? Try… Alt+Shift+H to bring up the help. It’ll show you a bunch of hotkeys you can use most of which are listed here.

One last one for you hotkey power users. You know how you Ctrl+S or Cmd+S for everything to save it? Well, very often you do that in a browser and it tries to save the web page. Apparently the Ctrl-S plugin for WordPress will let you save the post when you hit Ctrl+S or Cmd+S. Brilliant! I’m going to have it installed an take it for a whirl right now.

Keyboard photo courtesy of padsbrother

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  1. Eamon on February 3, 2012 at 8:57 am

    Thanks for the information. I have printed off the list of short cuts and have started to use them.

    • lynette.chandler on February 15, 2012 at 12:56 pm

      @Eamon good idea. When I first started I printed a list, cut them into strips and stuck them to the side of my monitor. After a while it was second nature. Hope it would be for you too.

  2. katdennis on February 14, 2012 at 3:01 pm

    Cool…now I’m going to go play on one of my sites. Thanks

    • lynette.chandler on February 15, 2012 at 12:57 pm

      @katdennis Hope it helps shave off precious minutes here and there Kat.

  3. LauraC on February 15, 2012 at 9:20 am

    Shift+end is going to be a real time saver for me now. Thanks for the share.

    • lynette.chandler on February 15, 2012 at 12:58 pm

      @LauraC Oh indeed. I use that one all the time and my other fave is shift+ctrl+end. Good luck!

  4. Beth Cranford on March 14, 2012 at 1:18 pm

    Ctrl+z… my best friend. Especially when something unpleasant happens and I’m not sure what! I just hit ctrl=z and all is well. 
    Thanks for the list. I’d put it up in my office but my office is my lap! 

    • lynette.chandler on March 15, 2012 at 9:54 am

       @Beth Cranford And the nice thing about Ctrl+Z it works on most any software on your computer. Hope you get to try more of these commands Beth.