Gutenberg Keyboard Shortcuts

Use these WordPress Gutenberg content editor keyboard shortcuts to speed up your content editing or formatting tasks …

WordPress Gutenberg Content Editor – Keyboard Shortcuts

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The WordPress Gutenberg content editor provides a number of keyboard shortcuts that will help you perform certain functions faster and speed up content editing or formatting tasks.

How To Access A List Of Keyboard Shortcuts

To access and view a list of keyboard shortcuts for the Gutenberg editor, click on the ‘More Tools & Options’ icon …

More Tools & Options

(More Tools & Options)

This brings up a menu with additional content editing tools and options …

More Tools & Options menu

(More Tools & Options menu)

Select Keyboard Shortcuts (or use this keyboard shortcut: Shift + Alt + H)

Tools > Keyboard Shortcuts

(Tools > Keyboard Shortcuts)

This will bring up a list of all the keyboard shortcuts you can use when working in the Gutenberg content editor …

WordPress Gutenberg Content Editor - Keyboard Shortcuts

(WordPress Gutenberg Content Editor – Keyboard Shortcuts)

Gutenberg Editor Keyboard Shortcuts

The table below contains a list of all the Gutenberg content editor keyboard shortcuts:

 

WordPress​​ Gutenberg Content Editor​​ Keyboard Shortcuts

Windows & Linux or Mac Users

Depending on the operating system you​​ use (Windows & Linux or Mac), the following key combinations will be used to perform shortcuts:

  • Windows and Linux users = "Ctrl + letter"

  • Mac users = "Cmd + letter"

Keyboard Shortcuts - WordPress Gutenberg Editor

Use the keyboard shortcuts below to navigate the WordPress Gutenberg editor.

Notes:

  • To display keyboard shortcut options in the Gutenberg editor, go to ‘More Options > Tools > Keyboard Shortcuts.​​ 

Shortcut

Windows/Linux

Mac

WordPress Gutenberg Editor

Keyboard shortcuts:

GLOBAL SHORTCUTS

 

 

Display Shortcuts Help screen

SHIFT​​ +​​ ALT​​ +​​ H​​ 

CMD​​ +​​ OPTION​​ +​​ H

Show/Hide the Settings Sidebar

SHIFT​​ +​​ CMD​​ +​​ ,​​ 

SHIFT​​ +​​ CMD​​ +​​ ,

Open the Block Navigation Menu

SHIFT​​ +​​ ALT​​ +​​ O

CMD + Option + O

Navigate to the Next Section of the Editor

CTRL​​ +​​ `​​  ​​ ​​​​ or​​ 

SHIFT​​ +​​ ALT​​ +​​ N

CMD​​ +​​ `​​  ​​ ​​​​ or

SHIFT​​ +​​ OPTION​​ +​​ N

Navigate to the Previous Section of the Editor

CTRL​​ +​​ SHIFT​​ +​​ `​​  ​​ ​​​​ or​​ 

SHIFT​​ +​​ ALT​​ +​​ P

CMD​​ + SHIFT​​ +​​ `​​  ​​ ​​​​ or

SHIFT​​ +​​ OPTION​​ +​​ P

Navigate to the Nearest Toolbar

ALT​​ +​​ F10

OPTION​​ +​​ F10

Switch between Visual Editor and Code Editor

CTRL​​ +​​ SHIFT​​ +​​ ALT​​ +​​ M

CMD​​ +​​ SHIFT​​ +​​ OPTION​​ + M

SELECTION SHORTCUTS

 

 

Select all text when typing. Press again to select all blocks.

CTRL + A

CMD + A

Clear selection.

ESC

ESC

BLOCK SHORTCUTS

 

 

Duplicate selected block(s).

CTRL + SHIFT + D

CMD + SHIFT + D

Remove selected block(s).

SHIFT + ALT + Z

SHIFT + OPTION + Z

Insert a new block before selected block(s).

CTRL + ALT + T

CMD + OPTION + T

Insert a new block after selected block(s).

CTRL + ALT + Y

CMD + OPTION + Y

Change block type after adding a new paragraph.

/

/

TEXT FORMATTING

 

 

Make selected text bold.

CTRL + B

CMD + B

Make selected text italic.

CTRL + I

CMD + I

Underline selected text.

CTRL + U

CMD + U

Convert selected text into a link.

CTRL + K

CMD + K

Remove link.

CTRL + SHIFT + K

CMD + SHIFT + K

Add a strikethrough to selected text.

SHIFT + ALT + D

SHIFT + OPTION + D

Display the selected text in a monospaced font.

SHIFT + ALT + X

SHIFT + OPTION + X

Keyboard Shortcuts -​​ Selecting​​ Text

Use the shortcuts below to select text in the​​ content​​ editor using your keyboard.

Shortcut

Windows/Linux

Mac

Selecting​​ Text

Keyboard​​ shortcuts:

Select​​ all text

CTRL + A

CMD + A

Select one letter to the left

SHIFT + LEFT

SHIFT + LEFT

Select one letter to the right

SHIFT +​​ RIGHT

SHIFT +​​ RIGHT

Select one word to the left

CTRL +​​ SHIFT + LEFT

CMD +​​ SHIFT + LEFT

Select one word to the right

CTRL +​​ SHIFT +​​ RIGHT

CMD +​​ SHIFT +​​ RIGHT

Select one line above

CTRL +​​ SHIFT +​​ UP

CMD +​​ SHIFT +​​ UP

Select one line below

CTRL +​​ SHIFT +​​ DOWN

CMD +​​ SHIFT +​​ DOWN

Select all text to the beginning of the current line

SHIFT + HOME

SHIFT + HOME

Select all text to the end of the current line

SHIFT + END

SHIFT + END

 

Keyboard Shortcuts -​​ Selected Text

Use the shortcuts below to​​ manipulate​​ and format​​ selected text in the editor using your keyboard.

Shortcut

Windows/Linux

Mac

Selected Text

Keyboard shortcuts:

Copy selected text

CTRL + C

CMD + C

Cut selected text

CTRL + X

CMD + X

Paste selected text

CTRL + V

CMD + V

Paste selected text without formatting

CTRL + SHIFT + V

CMD + SHIFT + V

Bold

CTRL + B

CMD + B

Italicize

CTRL + I

CMD + I

Underline

CTRL + U

CMD + U

Insert/Edit Link

CTRL + K

CMD + K

Align left

ALT + SHIFT + L

ALT + SHIFT + L

Align right

ALT + SHIFT + R

ALT + SHIFT + R

Justify

ALT + SHIFT + J

ALT + SHIFT + J

Align center

ALT + SHIFT + C

ALT + SHIFT + C

Apply strikethrough

ALT + SHIFT + D

ALT + SHIFT + D

Insert link (alternative method)

ALT + SHIFT + A

ALT + SHIFT + A

Start ordered list

ALT + SHIFT + O

ALT + SHIFT + O

Start unordered list

ALT + SHIFT + U

ALT + SHIFT + U

Remove link

ALT + SHIFT + S

ALT + SHIFT + S

Create a quote

ALT + SHIFT + Q

ALT + SHIFT + Q

Apply heading tag <h1>

ALT + SHIFT + 1

ALT + SHIFT + 1

Apply heading tag <h2>

ALT + SHIFT + 2

ALT + SHIFT + 2

Apply heading tag <h3>

ALT + SHIFT + 3

ALT + SHIFT + 3

Apply heading tag <h4>

ALT + SHIFT + 4

ALT + SHIFT + 4

Apply heading tag <h5>

ALT + SHIFT + 5

ALT + SHIFT + 5

Apply heading tag <h6>

ALT + SHIFT + 6

ALT + SHIFT + 6

Add a code tag

ALT + SHIFT + X

ALT + SHIFT + X

Keyboard Shortcuts -​​ Formatting​​ Content

Use the shortcuts below to format​​ content​​ while using​​ the WordPress visual editor.

Notes:

  • Typing text into the WordPress Content Editor (Visual Tab) activates formatting shortcuts.

  • To apply the formatting, hit the ‘Space’ or ‘Enter’ buttons after typing in the shortcuts.

Shortcut

Windows/Linux

Mac

Formatting​​ Content

Keyboard shortcuts:

Start ordered list

*

*

Start unordered list

1.

1.

Apply heading tag <h2>

##

##

Apply heading tag <h3>

###

###

Apply heading tag <h4>

####

####

Apply heading tag <h5>

#####

#####

Apply heading tag <h6>

#####

#####

Create a blockquote

>

>

Create a horizontal line

---

---

Transform text into code block

`type code here`

`type code here`

 

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