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21+ Most Useful Time Saving WordPress Shortcuts

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21+ Most Useful Time Saving WordPress Shortcuts

Did you know that WordPress has its own keyboard shortcuts? If you are looking for productivity tips on how to save time while writing posts in WordPress, then you need to use these shortcuts. In this article, we will share useful WordPress keyboard shortcuts that can help speed up the process.

Note: this is an updated version of our post that we published in 2009.

WordPress Keyboard Shortcuts for Visual Post Editor

WordPress comes with a slightly modified version of Tiny MCE editor. It appears on the Visual tab in your WordPress post editor. It is a rich text editor with formatting buttons much like MS Office. Many beginner level users use their mouse to access these formatting and styling buttons on the editor. Using keyboard shortcuts you can rest your hands on keyboard and edit posts quicker. Mac users can use Command key instead of Ctrl.

  • Ctrl + b = Bold
  • Ctrl + i = Italic
  • Ctrl + c = Copy
  • Ctrl + v = Paste
  • Ctrl + x = Cut
  • Ctrl + a = Select All
  • Ctrl + z = Undo
  • Ctrl + y = Redo
  • Ctrl + [number] = Insert heading sizes, e.g. CTRL+1 = <h1>, CTRL+2 = <h2>.
  • Alt + Shift + n = Check Spelling
  • Alt + Shift + l = Align Left
  • Alt + Shift + j = Justify Text
  • Alt + Shift + c = Align Center
  • Alt + Shift + d = Strikethrough
  • Alt + Shift + r = Align Right
  • Alt + Shift + u = Unordered List
  • Alt + Shift + a = Insert link
  • Alt + Shift + o = Numeric List
  • Alt + Shift + s = Remove link
  • Alt + Shift + q = Quote
  • Alt + Shift + m = Insert Image
  • Alt + Shift + w = Full screen distraction free writing mode
  • Alt + Shift + t = Insert More Tag
  • Alt + Shift + p = Insert Page Break tag
  • Alt + Shift + h = Rich text editor help

WordPress Keyboard Shortcuts for Plain Text Editor

Plain text editor is a simple text editor that appears on your post editor under the Text tab. It has some very basic formatting buttons and you can see all the html in the editor. There are just a few shortcuts for plain text editor in WordPress.

  • Ctrl + c = Copy
  • Ctrl + v = Paste
  • Ctrl + x = Cut
  • Ctrl + z = Undo
  • Ctrl + y = Redo
  • Ctrl + p = Print
  • Alt + Shift + p = Publish
  • Alt + Shift + f = Fullscreen distraction free writing

WordPress Keyboard Shortcuts for Comments Screen

If you receive a lot of comments then you can moderate comments quickly using keyboard shortcuts for comment management. However these shortcuts are not enabled by default. To enable these keyboard shortcuts you need to go to Users » Your Profile and check Keyboard Shortcuts check box. Save your profile and go back to comments screen in admin area. The available shortcuts are:

  • J = Next comment (moves the current selection down)
  • K = Previous comment (moves the current selection up)
  • A = Approve comment
  • U = Unapprove comment
  • D = Delete comment
  • R = Reply comment
  • Q = Quick edit a comment
  • Z = Restore Comment from Trash or Undo if you Delete a comment

To select multiple comments press X to check the selected comment and press J or K keys to move to next or previous comment. Once you have selected multiple comments, you can use these keyboard shortcuts to perform bulk actions:

  • Shift + A = Approve checked comments
  • Shift + D = Delete checked comments
  • Shift + U = Unapprove selected comments
  • Shift + T = Move selected comments to trash
  • Shift + Z = Restore selected comments from trash

It might take you a while to get used to using keyboard shortcuts instead of mouse or touchpad. However in the long run, it will definitely speed up the process and help you save time.

Did you know about these WordPress keyboard shortcuts? Do you use them? If not, then why? Let us know by leaving a comment below.

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  1. Priyadilsha says:

    what is the keyboard shortcut for changing the font color ?


  2. Sajjad says:

    Hello, and hanks for useful article.
    Is there any way to add my own custom keyboard shortcut to wordpress editor? for example a shortcut to insert ZWNJ.
    thank you again.

  3. Ravi Patel says:

    Hello Team,

    Alt + Shift + p = Publish is not valid This one key use for page break option on visual editor.


  4. Abdul Rauf Bhatti says:

    Is there any way in this coming version (WordPress 4.5) if i enter data in editor, publish post then after viewing my post i can undo previous data.
    I am asking because current versions of WordPress do not support this fracture.


  5. Scott Fichter says:

    If you are a shortcut junkie there is only one program and it’s name is TextExpander.

  6. Sherry Hintze says:

    Thank you. Just…thank you. As a blind user, I navigate exclusively by keyboard and can’t even seem to find the formatting bar. I’m so relieved to find a resource that allows me to add basic formatting to my WordPress posts!

    I’ve bookmarked this, and you can be sure I’ll be referring to it often!

  7. filo says:

    is there a shortcuts for h2?

  8. Raf says:

    Thanks for some great tips

  9. Mursaleen says:

    Thanks bro for great sharing :D

  10. Sjoerd Richmond says:

    Do you know if there is a shortcut for updating or publising a page? That would really help :-)

  11. Emily says:

    Hey this is so cool. Thank you

  12. Faysal Shahi says:

    Just Awesome…

  13. Joseph Dickson says:

    TinyMCE generally tells you in the tooltip for that item too. Just hover over it for a reminder.

  14. Ben Sibley says:

    As a shortcut junkie, this is awesome. I didn’t even know there were any shortcuts for the comment screen.

  15. Pete says:

    Never knew that. Thanks for sharing, really useful.

  16. Emily says:

    I compose in Open Office, where I use a variety of line spacing and font sizes. When I paste, sometimes the line spacing is ajar and often won’t ‘fix.’ I notice you have no shortcuts for line spacing, just as there’s no such choice to click on in the bar above.

    How come, I wonder.

  17. Ben Stern says:

    Great article. Its like anything else in life. Its all according to what you are used to and comfortable with. I personally love shortcuts and use a few of them but not all. Thanks again for the great article. I always find them helpful.

    Ben Stern

  18. Del Syllables says:

    Never really needed such shortcuts… Only during that time when my WordPress had a bug and the visual editor buttons don’t work. Still a great post. They can be useful at a certain point

  19. Nik Cree says:

    I have ‘stumbled’ on to some of these shortcuts so great to have this list. For us Mac users use the Cmd key, not the Ctrl key.

  20. Hemant Aggarwal says:

    How to run these keyboard shortcuts in the text editor and not the visual one?

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