WordPress rich text editor keyboard shortcuts

One of the best ways to be efficient when writing online is to use a keyboard shortcuts while working. I’ve always been a fan of hot-keys and for a good reason: it’s way faster than moving the mouse all over the screen (or screens is you use a multi monitor setup).

In the case of WordPress I’ve never used shortcuts because I’ve got that stupid idea that online apps don’t usually have shortcuts, but as it turned out I was wrong.

Wordpress rich text editor shortcuts

Wordpress rich text editor shortcuts

Now, it you want to learn the WordPress rich text editor keyboard shortcuts all you have to do is press the help button (on the second row on buttons in the Visual window). In the popup window that appears go to the hot-keys tab where the list of available shortcuts are displayed. There are two categories of shortcuts:

Shortcuts that are combination of CTRL + Letter:

Letter Action Letter Action
c Copy v Paste
a Select all x Cut
z Undo y Redo
b Bold i Italic
u Underline 1 Header 1
2 Header 2 3 Header 3
4 Header 4 5 Header 5
6 Header 6 9 Address

Shortcuts that are combination of ALT + SHIFT + Letter:

Letter Action 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
g Full Screen t Insert More Tag
p Insert Page Break tag h Help
e Switch to HTML mode
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3 comments so far
  1. siobhan says:

    Hi John,

    Do you know of a hotkey to use images from your computer?

    Alt+shift+m just lets you insert a URL image.

    I’m trying to find an alternative to hitting the ‘add/uplaod image’ icon at the top of the page.

    Many Thanks, Siobhan

  2. Thanks, I had been looking for a way to change between full screen for Visual editor after my button to do it manually disappeared.

  3. zhiqiang says:

    I couldn’t use lots of them, in Chrome and WP 3.2.1, e.g. alt+shift+e, g. Anyone else has the some problem?

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