It might not seem like it takes very long, but every time you need to move your hands away from your keyboard to use your mouse, there’s going to be a short period of wasted time. Over a full day of work, that time can add up! That’s where WordPress keyboard shortcuts can help. 👍 We use many of these on a daily basis to speed up our writing workflow.

WordPress keyboard shortcuts let you keep your hands on your keyboard without losing the ability to select text, add formatting, or even moderate your comments section!

To help you be as productive as possible while working on your WordPress site, we put together a big list of every single WordPress keyboard shortcut that we know.

By the end of this post, you’ll know a huge variety of WordPress keyboard shortcuts to help you more efficiently create content and manage comments.

And even though the Gutenberg Editor is still in beta, we still collected a few Gutenberg-specific shortcuts to get you ready for WordPress 5.0.

WordPress Keyboard Shortcuts for the WordPress Editor

These keyboard shortcuts can help save you time when you’re creating content in the WordPress Editor.

Many of the keyboard shortcuts that you use in everyday life can also come in handy when working with the WordPress Editor. Some of these might already be familiar to you – but if not, you’ll quickly grow to love them!

Beyond the general shortcuts, there are also some WordPress-specific shortcuts you can apply.

Windows Keyboard Shortcuts to Select Text

These Windows shortcuts can help you select text in the editor without needing to leave your keyboard:

Mac Keyboard Shortcuts to Select Text

These Mac shortcuts can help you select text in the editor without needing to leave your keyboard:

Windows Keyboard Shortcuts to Manipulate Selected Text

Once you’ve selected some text, you can use these Windows shortcuts to manipulate it or apply formatting:

Mac Keyboard Shortcuts to Manipulate Selected Text

Once you’ve selected some text, you can use these Mac shortcuts to manipulate it or apply formatting:

Other Windows WordPress Editor Keyboard Shortcuts

These Windows shortcuts might not select text or apply formatting, but they’re still plenty handy!

Other Mac WordPress Editor Keyboard Shortcuts

These Windows shortcuts might not select text or apply formatting, but they’re still plenty handy!

Keyboard Shortcuts in Action

Here’s an example of some of these keyboard shortcuts in action. We are using Windows. For reference, I’m:

Example of WordPress Keyboard shortcuts in action

Example of WordPress Keyboard shortcuts in action

WordPress Formatting Shortcuts

Formatting shortcuts aren’t exactly keyboard shortcuts. But the end result is much the same and they can be quite handy as an alternative to some of the keyboard shortcuts above.

Formatting shortcuts are a WordPress 4.3 feature that help you automatically add formatting for:

For things like lists and headings, the main advantage of formatting shortcuts is that they don’t require you to hit as many keys at the same time as the keyboard shortcuts above.

Unlike the keyboard shortcuts above, you activate formatting shortcuts by actually typing something into the WordPress Editor. You must be using the Visual tab for these shortcuts to work.

The current formatting shortcuts are below. Note, you need to hit Space or sometimes Enter after typing any of the shortcuts to apply the formatting:

Here’s an example of playing around with formatting shortcuts:

An example of formatting shortcuts in action

An example of formatting shortcuts in action

WordPress Keyboard Shortcuts for Moderating Comments

Beyond editing content, WordPress also includes built-in shortcuts to help you moderate comments.

By default, these shortcuts are disabled. But you can enable them with just a few seconds of work:

How to enable comment shortcuts

How to enable comment shortcuts

Then, you can use these shortcuts in the Comments tab of the WordPress dashboard.

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First, you have a set of shortcuts to select comments (the comment that’s currently selected will have a blue highlight):

Once you’ve selected one or more comments, you can perform actions by using another set of shortcuts:

If you have multiple comments selected, you can also use Shift + those previous commands to perform the action on multiple comments. For example:

Here’s an example of it in action. In this GIF, I:

An example of comment shortcuts in action

An example of comment shortcuts in action

WordPress Keyboard Shortcuts for Gutenberg

Because Gutenberg is still in beta, this section will certainly evolve in the future as Gutenberg becomes more finalized.

But for now, here are some neat ways that you can speed up content creation in the new Gutenberg editor…

Note – these are keyboard shortcuts that are specific to Gutenberg. But many of the general keyboard shortcuts from the current Editor will also work:

Here’s an example of these keyboard shortcuts in action:

WordPress keyboard shortcuts for Gutenberg

An example of using Gutenberg-specific shortcuts

Create Your Own WordPress Keyboard Shortcuts

If all the keyboard shortcuts above aren’t enough for you, you can create your own workflow-specific keyboard shortcuts using a program like AutoHotkey.

If you have to perform any repetitive actions on your WordPress site that aren’t covered by the shortcuts above, AutoHotkey makes it easy to set up scripts and macros to boost your productivity. Need something easier? Check out ShortKeeper.

Know Any Other Helpful WordPress Keyboard Shortcuts?

While it might take some time to memorize all these shortcuts, it really is a more productive way to work once they become a part of your muscle memory.

Yes – it will be a little rocky at first while you struggle to remember which shortcut does what. But after a little while, that delay goes away and your productivity will jump up.

Now over to you – know any other helpful WordPress keyboard shortcuts? Let us know in the comments!


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