James Evers-Swindell

Learn the WordPress visual editor shortcuts to save yourself time

Published: Monday 25 January 2021

Learning the WordPress visual editor shortcuts can really save you time. It will help you get the most out of your content creation experience, and keep you in the flow when you’re writing. You don’t want to be searching for buttons on the toolbar when you’re trying to express your thoughts.

With that in mind I’ve compiled a cheat sheet of the most common shortcuts I use. You can find the full list in the WordPress docs. I have also included a couple of bonus shortcuts.

I hope these shortcuts will be helpful when you’re editing your next WordPress post.

Basic shortcuts

These are the Windows shortcuts. If you’re on Mac make sure to use [Command (⌘)] + [key].

  • Copy ➜ [CTRL] + [c]
  • Paste ➜ [CTRL] + [v]
  • Cut ➜ [CTRL] + [x]
  • Select all ➜ [CTRL] + [a]
  • Bold ➜ [CTRL] + [b]
  • Italic ➜ [CTRL] + [i]
  • Underline ➜ [CTRL] + [u]
  • Insert/edit link ➜ [CTRL] + [k]
  • Undo ➜ [CTRL] + [z]
  • Redo ➜ [CTRL] + [y]

Heading shortcuts

  • Heading 1 ➜ [SHIFT] + [ALT] + 1
  • Heading 2 ➜ [SHIFT] + [ALT] + 2
  • Heading 3 ➜ [SHIFT] + [ALT] + 3
  • Heading 4 ➜ [SHIFT] + [ALT] + 4
  • Heading 5 ➜ [SHIFT] + [ALT] + 5
  • Heading 6 ➜ [SHIFT] + [ALT] + 6

Advanced shortcuts

  • Paragraph ➜ [SHIFT] + [ALT] + 7
  • Align left ➜ [SHIFT] + [ALT] + l
  • Align center ➜ [SHIFT] + [ALT] + c
  • Align right ➜ [SHIFT] + [ALT] + r
  • Justify text ➜ [SHIFT] + [ALT] + j
  • Strikethrough ➜ [SHIFT] + [ALT] + d
  • • List ➜ [SHIFT] + [ALT] + u
  • 1. List ➜ [SHIFT] + [ALT] + o
  • Blockquote ➜ [SHIFT] + [ALT] + q
  • Insert image ➜ [SHIFT] + [ALT] + i
  • Insert more tag ➜ [SHIFT] + [ALT] + t
  • Insert page break ➜ [SHIFT] + [ALT] + p
  • Insert code tag ➜ [SHIFT] + [ALT] + x

Bonus shortcuts

These are the Windows shortcuts. If you’re on Mac make sure to use [Command (⌘)] + [key].

  • Skip word right ➜ [CTRL] + [→] + 7
  • Skip word left ➜ [CTRL] + [←] + 7

Remember that you can access the official list of shortcuts at any time in WordPress with [SHIFT] + [ALT] + h.

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