How to use Gutenberg keyboard shortcuts to save time?

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How to use Gutenberg keyboard shortcuts to save time?

If you are looking for the keyboard shortcuts to save time for content formatting or other works on your WordPress website – you are in the right place. 

Here, we will discuss some really useful WordPress keyboard shortcuts that can help you speed up your workflow and be more productive by utilizing the saved time.

We will talk about the keyboard shortcodes available for the classic WordPress post editor, Gutenberg and comment moderation section. At the end of the blog, we will also talk about the websites that let you create your own custom keyboard shortcuts.

So, let’s get started and go through the Keyboard shortcuts available on WordPress:

WordPress Keyboard Shortcuts for Post Editor:

WordPress, being a popular website builder and blogging platform comes with a robust content editor to add various types of content including text, images, audio, videos, etc. 

You can customize the formatting of each content type and while doing so you need to use the mouse to access these formatting and styling buttons on the editor.

However, by using the WordPress keyboard shortcuts; you can rest your hand and edit your contents faster. 

Here are some of the keyboard shortcuts available for the post editor. These shortcuts are quite similar to the one that you use in the computer and Microsoft Word in everyday life.

Keyboard Shortcut to Select Text for Windows:

These are the windows shortcuts that can help you select text in the editor without having to use the mouse:

Keyboard ShortcutsDescription
CTRL + ASelect All Text
Shift + Left/RightSelect One Letter to Left or Right
CTRL + Shift + Left/RightSelect One Word to Left or Right
CTRL + Shift + Up/DownSelect One Line Above/Below
Shift +  HomeSelect All Text Until the Beginning of the Current Line
Shift + EndSelect All Text Until the End of Current Link

WordPress Keyboard Shortcut to Select Text for Mac:

These are the Mac shortcuts to select text in the editor without having to use the mouse:

Keyboard ShortcutsDescription
Cmd + ASelect All Text
Shift + Left/RightSelect One Letter to Left or Right
Cmd + Shift + Left/RightSelect One Word to Left or Right
Cmd + Shift + Up/DownSelect One Line Above/Below
Shift +  HomeSelect All Text Until the Beginning of the Current Line
Shift + EndSelect All Text Until the End of Current Link

Keyboard Shortcuts to Manipulate Selected Text for Windows:

After you have selected the text, here are the windows shortcuts to format/edit it.

Keyboard ShortcutsDescription
CTRL + CCopy Selected Text
CTRL + XCut Selected Text
CTRL + VPaste Selected Text
CTRL + Shift + VPaste Selected Text Without Any Formatting
CTRL + BBold Selected Text
CTRL + IItalic Selected Text
CTRL + UUnderline Selected Text
CTRL + KInsert a Link on Selected Text
ALT + Shift + LLeft Alignment
ALT + Shift + RRight Alignment
ALT + Shift + CCenter Alignment
ALT + Shift + JJustify
ALT + Shift + DApply Strikethrough
ALT + Shift + AAnother Way to Insert Link
ALT + Shift + OStart Ordered List
ALT + Shift + UStart Unordered List
ALT + Shift + SRemove Link on Text
ALT + Shift + QCreate a Quote
ALT + Shift + 2/3/4/5/6Apply Appropriate Heading Tags to Selected Text
ALT + Shift + XAdd a Code Tag

Keyboard Shortcuts to Manipulate Selected Text for Mac:

Here are the shortcuts to apply to format or edit the selected text.

Keyboard ShortcutsDescriptions
Cmd + CCopy Selected Text
Cmd +  XCut Selected Text
Cmd +  VPaste Selected Text
Cmd +  Shift + VPaste Selected Text Without Any Formatting
Cmd +  BBold Selected Text
Cmd +  IItalic Selected Text
Cmd +  UUnderline Selected Text
Cmd +  KInsert a Link on Selected Text
Option + CTRL + LLeft Alignment
Option + CTRL +  RRight Alignment
Option + CTRL + CCenter Alignment
Option + CTRL +  JJustify
Option + CTRL + DApply Strikethrough
Option + CTRL + AAnother Way to Insert Link
Option + CTRL + OStart Ordered List
Option + CTRL + UStart Unordered List
Option + CTRL + SRemove Link on Text
Option + CTRL + QCreate a Quote
Option + CTRL + 2/3/4/5/6Apply Appropriate Heading Tags to Selected Text
Option + CTRL + XAdd a Code Tag

Other WordPress Shortcuts for Windows:

Keyboard ShortcutsDescriptions
CTRL + ZUndo Action
CTRL + YRedo Action
Shift + EnterMove One Line Down in the Editor Without Inserting a Full Line Break
ALT + Shift + MAdd Media
ALT + Shift + WEnable Distraction Free Writing Mode
ALT + Shift + TAdd More Tags
ALT + Shift + PInsert Page Break
ALT + Shift + HOpen Help Screen
ALT + Shift + ZExpands WordPress Editor Formatting Bar

Other WordPress Shortcuts for Mac:

Keyboard ShortcutsDescriptions
Cmd + ZUndo Action
Cmd + YRedo Action
Shift + EnterMove One Line Down in the Editor Without Inserting a Full Line Break
Option + CTRL + MAdd Media
Option + CTRL + WEnable Distraction Free Writing Mode
Option + CTRL +  TAdd More Tags
Option + CTRL + PInsert Page Break
Option + CTRL + HOpen Help Screen
Option + CTRL + ZExpands WordPress Editor Formatting Bar

WordPress Keyboard Shortcut for Gutenberg:

Since the release of WordPress 5.0 – a new editor called Gutenberg was released. It enables you to add different elements like text, images, headings etc through blocks. This gives you more flexibility and customization options on how your post will look at the end. 

If you want to learn the usage of Gutenberg on your website then, check out the article: How to use Gutenberg block editor in WordPress?

Since Gutenberg is gaining popularity day by day, here are some of the shortcuts that can be applied to Gutenberg editor.

If you want to switch between the code editor and block editor just use the shortcuts keys given below:

For Windows: CTRL + Shift + ALT + M

For Mac: Cmd + Shift + ALT + M

Once you are in the block editor, you can use the command below:

/: It helps you insert block quickly and start typing the name of the block. Then, select it once you see it.

Gutenberg Shortcut

Enter: After you create a block, press Enter. You will then be able to add another block right away. Start typing the name of the new block and select the block once you see it.

Shift + ALT + H: To view the keyboard shortcuts available on Gutenberg.

Gutenberg Keyboard Shortcuts

Keyboard Shortcuts of Gutenberg Editor for Windows:

Keyboard ShortcutsDescriptions
CTRL + Shift + DDuplicate the Selected Block
CTRL + ALT + TInsert New Block Before Selected Block
CTRL + ALT + YInsert New Block After Selected Block
ALT + Shift + ZRemove Selected Block
CTRL + Shift + ,Show or Hide Settings Bar
CTRL + Shift + ZRedo Your Last Undo
ALT + Shift + NNavigate Next Part of Editor
ALT + Shift + PNavigate Previous Part of Editor
ALT + Shift + OOpen Block Navigation Menu
ALT + F10Navigate to Nearest Toolbar

Keyboard Shortcuts of Gutenberg Editor for Mac:

Keyboard ShortcutsDescriptions
Cmd + Shift + DDuplicate the Selected Block
Cmd + Option + TInsert New Block Before Selected Block
Cmd + Option + YInsert New Block After Selected Block
CTRL + Option + ZRemove Selected Block
Cmd + Shift + ,Show or Hide Settings Bar
Cmd + Shift + ZRedo Your Last Undo
Option + CTRL + NNavigate Next Part of Editor
Option + CTRL + PNavigate Previous Part of Editor
Option + CTRL + OOpen Block Navigation Menu
Fn + Option + F10Navigate to Nearest Toolbar

WordPress Keyboard Shortcuts for Comment Section:

Beyond editing contents, WordPress also includes keyboard shortcuts to help you moderate comments. 

By default, these shortcuts are disabled. But you can enable them in the following steps:

Step 1: 

Go to User >> Your Profile on your WordPress dashboard.

User Profile

Step 2: 

Check the box next to Keyboard Shortcuts to Enable Keyboard Shortcuts for Comment Moderation.

Enable Keyboard Shortcuts

Step 3:

Save your Changes.

The available shortcuts to manage comments are:

Keyboard ShortcutsDescriptions
JMove to Next Comment
KMove to the Previous Comment
DDelete the Comment
AApprove the Comment and Publish It
UUnapprove the Comment 
RReply to the Comment
QQuick Edit a Comment
EOpen Full-Screen Editor to Edit Comments
SMarks Comment as Spam
ZRestore a Comment from Trash or Undo your Action for Deleting a Comment
XAdd Check Mark

These are the basic commands applied for a single comment. 

If you have selected multiple comments, you can perform these keyboard shortcuts to perform bulk actions:

Keyboard ShortcutsDescriptions
Shift + XToggle the Check Mark for All Comments
Shift + AApprove Check Comments
Shift + DDelete Checked Comments
Shift + UUnapprove Selected Comments
Shift + TMove Selected Comment to Trash
Shift + ZRestore Selected Comment from Trash

How to Create Own WordPress Keyboard Shortcuts?

If the keyboard shortcuts mentioned above are not enough for you, you can create your own workflow specific keyboard shortcuts by using the program like AutoHotkey and ShortKeeper.

If you are good at coding and find it easier to set up scripts and macros to boost your productivity, then you can go for AutoHotkey.

Otherwise, you can use Shortkeeper to easily create your keyboard shortcuts without using any codes.

Conclusion:

It might be overwhelming at first to memorize all these shortcuts. But, in the long run, they will definitely help you to save time and speed up your workflow. 

We hope the article is helpful for you to know some useful WordPress keyboard shortcuts available. If you have any other helpful shortcuts that are not included above, let us know in the comment box below.

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