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WordPress Shortcuts for Beginners (2019, Gutenberg inclusive)

There are over 80 WordPress keyboard shortcuts, and we’ve got them all here in one place.

WordPress has plenty of shortcuts, extending far beyond your classic copy and paste! There are some universal shortcuts that every man and his blog knows, but there are plenty more to discover. Once you’ve got them down, they’ll serve you well.

WordPress Shortcuts

Shortcuts are not only limited to writing and editing content, they’re necessary for the overall managing of your WordPress website. Your content needs to be stylish, structured, eye catching and engaging. Shortcuts are the way to achieve this efficiently and will enhance your knowledge about content functionality, formatting and editing.

Firstly, let’s identify the common WordPress shortcuts, some of which you may already know:

Show all shortcutsAlt + Shift + HCtrl + Option + H
BoldCtrl + BCommand + B
ItalicCtrl + ICommand + I
UnderlineCtrl + UCommand + U
StrikethroughAlt + Shift + DCtrl + Option + D
CopyCtrl + CCommand + C
PasteCtrl + VCommand + V
CutCtrl + XCommand + X
Select AllCtrl + ACommand + A
UndoCtrl + ZCommand + Z
SaveCtrl + SCommand + S
PrintCtrl + PCommand + P
Convert text to linkCtrl + KCommand + K
Bring up link interfaceAlt + Shift + AOption + Ctrl + A
Align leftAlt + Shift + LOption + Ctrl + L
Align leftAlt + Shift + ROption + Ctrl + R
Align CenterAlt + Shift + COption + Ctrl + C
JustifyAlt + Shift + JOption + Ctrl + J
Ordered ListAlt + Shift + OOption + Ctrl + O
Unordered ListAlt + Shift + UOption + Ctrl + U
Break LinkAlt + Shift + SOption + Ctrl + S
Create quoteAlt + Shift + QOption + Ctrl + Q
Heading tag (hX)Alt + Shift + (X, where X is a number)Option + Ctrl + (X, where X is a number)

Of course, everyone will find their own way of doing things. Making an effort to utilize more shortcuts will help to build efficient habits. However, if you find it’s taking up too much of your mental real-estate, then slow down and find the right balance, perhaps try learning a few different shortcuts at a time.

Gutenberg Editor

Since the release of WordPress 5.0, Gutenberg has become the default WordPress editor. You can install a plugin to restore the Classic Editor if you want, but you’ll lose a lot of functionality. Gutenberg was heavily pushed as it simplified content creation and gave the writer more tools to play with.

Gutenberg is block-based—a block can take many different forms, including a classic paragraph or heading, but can also include media such as images, galleries, video and audio.

If you don’t have Gutenberg and would like to give it a test run, click here. If you’re familiar with the old WordPress editor you will definitely see and feel a difference. The old editor is similar Microsoft word, whilst Gutenberg has been compared to Medium from a content building perspective (not as a page builder).

In any case, the new school of WordPress editing is here and it’s important you familiarise with all the benefits Gutenberg has to offer. All the shortcuts above are in the classic editor, but the following are only available in the Gutenberg editor:

Create new blockEnterReturn
Insert new block above selectedCtrl + Alt + TCommand + Option + T
Insert new block below selectedCtrl + Alt + YCommand + Option + Y
Duplicate block(s)Ctrl + Shift + DCommand + Shift + D
Remove block (s)Alt + Shift + ZCtrl + Option + Z
Change block type on new paragraph//
Clear selectionEscEsc
Redo previous undoCtrl + Shift + ZCommand + Shift + Z
Display/hide settingsCtrl + Shift + ,Command + Shift + ,
Open block navigationAlt + Shift + OOption + Ctrl + O
Proceed to next editing functionAlt + Shift + NOption + Ctrl + N
Return to previous editing functionAlt + Shift + POption + Ctrl + P
Find nearest toolbarAlt + F10fn + Option + F10
Change to code editor/visual editorCtrl + Shift + Alt + MCommand + Shift + Option + M

Finally, Comment Shortcuts

As stated earlier, shortcuts contribute to more than just efficient content creation. When a post takes off, you’ll find yourself barraged with viewer comments and of course, annoying spam. Thankfully, there are shortcuts to help speed up the comment filtering process as well, you just need to enable them. Do this by going to Users > Your Profile and tick the box that says ‘enable keyboard shortcuts for comment moderation.’

When you’ve returned to the comment screen, the following shortcuts will be at your disposal:

JNext comment
KPrevious comment
AApprove comment
UUnapprove comment
DDelete comment
RReply comment
QQuick Edit
ZRestore comment
XSelect Comment (see more below)

In a refreshing change of pace, they are identical on Windows and Mac.

Selecting Multiple Comments

Selecting comments is useful as you can approve, unapprove, delete, move or restore comments in bulk. After selecting the comments, use the following shortcuts:

Shift + AApprove checked comments
Shift + DDelete checked comments
Shift + UUnapprove checked comments
Shift + TDelete checked comments
Shift + ZRestore checked comments
expert WordPress Developers

I hope this article has been useful to you. It might be hard to remember some of them at first, but hopefully, they’ll help you build much more efficient habits. Who knows what’s next for you? As your site expands, it’s going to receive more traffic, and require better optimization in order to run smoothly. If you want to know more about that, check out our Ultimate Guide to Site Speed Optimization! If you find your site gets so big you need professional help to run it, why not send us a message? Our expert WordPress Developers are here to help you with your next project.

Originally written July 17, 2019. Last updated April 19th, 2021


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