Using Keyboard Shortcuts in WordPress

I’m sure you use loads of various keyboard shortcuts when working with your operating system, but is your behavior similar in WordPress?

Of course, I’m not talking about Ctrl+C and Ctrl+V, and other basic stuff. I’m talking about WordPress specific shortcuts. And there’s a truly wide selection of those.

Visual Editor shortcuts

For instance, just log in to your admin panel, go to the Visual Editor (by creating a new post, for example), and click the question mark icon.


You’ll be presented with a whole set of shortcuts meant just for the Visual Editor.

Here’s the complete set:


As you can see, besides the basic stuff everyone knows of, there are some shortcuts there that can turn out to be quite handy. Some of my favorites are:

  • Headings: from 1 to 6 by pressing Ctrl + NUMBER.
  • Check spelling: Alt + Shift + N.
  • Unordered list (bullets): Alt + Shift + U.
  • Ordered list: Alt + Shift + O.
  • Full screen editing: Alt + Shift + G.
  • Insert page break tag: Alt + Shift + P.
  • Switch to HTML mode: Alt + Shift + E.
  • Insert link: Alt + Shift + A.
  • Insert image: Alt + Shift + M.

But that’s not all…

Comment management shortcuts

The comments page has a number of shortcuts of its own. Once you navigate to it, you can select the first comment by pressing either J or K.

Then by pressing J again, you’re moving the current selection down, while K moves it up.

What’s more, you can even approve, delete, and perform other administrative tasks on comments by pressing single keys:

  • Approve comment: A.
  • Mark comment as spam: S.
  • Delete comment: D.
  • Restore comment / undo: Z.
  • Unapprove comment: U.
  • Inline reply: R.
  • Quick edit: Q.

You can also perform bulk actions on multiple comments at once (you can check a single comment by pressing X when it’s currently selected).

All you have to do is press Shift + corresponding action letter (listed above).

Here’s the complete guide on how to work with comments using keyboard shortcuts.

Windows Live Writer

Since I’m a big fan of Windows Live Writer, which I consider the best blogging app ever, I’d like to take a moment and mention some of the shortcuts it has to offer.

By the way, I’m sure that other blogging apps support keyboard shortcuts as well. You are sure to find some information about this by taking a look into the help section of the tool you use.

Here are the most useful keyboard shortcuts in Windows Live Writer:

  • Headings: from 1 to 6 by pressing Ctrl + left Alt + NUMBER.
  • Unordered list (bullets): Ctrl + Shift + L.
  • Publish a post: Ctrl + Shift + P.
  • Post draft to blog: Ctrl + Shift + D.
  • Insert hyperlink: Ctrl + K.
  • Add picture from computer: Ctrl + J.
  • Add picture from the web: Ctrl + Shift + J.
  • See post properties: F2.
  • Set categories: Ctrl + Shift + C.
  • Change to edit view: F11.
  • Change to preview view: F12.
  • Change to source view: Shift + F11.

You can find the complete list here: Live Writer keyboard shortcuts.

Browser shortcuts

Apart from all the handy WordPress shortcuts, you can also gain a couple of seconds here and there by looking into what your current browser has to offer. Here are some handy resources:


Finally, you can make your life even easier by installing some additional plugins.

To be honest, I don’t have that many plugins to recommend here… Just one, actually. It’s called Teleport.


The great thing about this plugin is that it doesn’t actually add any WordPress-wide shortcuts to your installation. Instead, it provides you with a thing called teleporter.

This teleporter can be opened up by pressing one key – W. Then you can navigate to all the crucial areas of your site by pressing other keys. The keys are: Q, A, S, D, E. If you look at your keyboard, you’ll notice that they make a “u” shape around the W key, which is a trick to make the whole thing even more usable.

If you’re not logged in then after pressing W you’ll be redirected to the log in screen. Once you’re logged in you can perform the following actions:

  • Edit current post/page: E.
  • Go to the Dashboard: D.
  • Go to the Settings page: S.
  • Go to Posts/Pages/Custom Post Types: A.
  • Log out: Q.

I guess that’s all I can say about using shortcuts in WordPress. If you know of some other shortcuts, or methods to get more shortcuts, don’t hesitate to shoot me a comment. Also, are you taking full advantage of the keyboard shortcuts available by default?

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