Do you like using keyboard shortcuts? I sure do! Whatever software program or application it is, keyboard shortcuts lets you perform actions quicker and let you do your work faster. When I use Adobe Photoshop, I don’t need to click on the Tool palette each time I need to switch tools because I already know the keyboard shortcut for each tool so I only have to press a key and I immediately have access to that tool.
It’s also the same for WordPress. Using keyboard shortcuts on WordPress, my hands don’t have to leave the keyboard to use the mouse and click on the icons. If I need to make a text bold/italics, or insert a link/image or wrap a text in quotes all I need to do is perform the keyboard shortcut. Not only does this enable me to save time but it also helps me to blog more efficiently. But I bet most of you don’t even know they exist. Or if you do, you don’t even use it, right? Today, I’m gonna share with you the different WordPress keyboard shortcuts.
WordPress Keyboard Shortcuts
(These keyboard shortcuts work on the HTML Editor)
del (strikethrough): Alt+SHIFT+d
ins (insert date/time): Alt+SHIFT+s
Insert img URL: ALT-SHIFT-m
Read More: Alt+SHIFT+t
Unordered List (ul): Alt+SHIFT+u
Ordered List (ol): Alt+SHIFT+o
List Item (li): Alt+SHIFT+l
Line break: SHIFT+Enter
Publish the Post: Alt+SHIFT+p
Here are the keyboard shortcuts that only work on the Visual Editor
Advanced Editor (Kitchen Sink): Alt+SHIFT+z
Edit HTML: Alt+SHIFT+e
Align Left: Alt+SHIFT+l
Align Center: Alt+SHIFT+c
Align Right: Alt+SHIFT+r
H1 Header: CTRL+1
H2 Header: CTRL+2
H3 Header: CTRL+3
H4 Header: CTRL+4
H5 Header: CTRL+5
H6 Header: CTRL+6
NOTE: Some of these keyboard shortcuts may not work depending on the web browser you’re using. I’ve only tested these keyboard shortcuts on Firefox.
These WordPress keyboard shortcuts are only available for the Post writing page. But if you have the Fluency Admin theme installed on your WP Dashboard, you can also use keyboard shortcuts to access different parts of the menu.
If for some reason you would want to edit/change the keyboard shortcuts or want to create your own set of shortcuts, you can do it by editing this file – /wp-includes/js/quicktags.js
When WordPress 2.7 was released, it included the ability to use keyboard shortcuts to browse and moderate comments, enabling the user to navigate and perform moderation actions on comments faster. Check out the WordPress 2.7 keyboard shortcuts from WordPress Codex.
Do you like using keyboard shortcuts or not? Anyone of you guys use these WordPress keyboard shortcuts? If you do, what’s your favorite shortcut/s or the shortcut/s you use most frequently?