The focus of our list is on the most useful and efficient WordPress keyboard shortcuts as well as user interface tips for options that aren’t obvious at first glance. With that being said, we will also cover the basics, such as platform-specific text manipulation shortcuts. If you’re not familiar with them, stick around until the end of the article.
Check out our short write-up about Gutenberg features first if you’re not familiar with the new WordPress editor.Important note
Some of these options might not be available to you, or might be different based on your version of the CMS and whether you have a bespoke WordPress website. If you have any doubts or issues, feel free to reach out to us in the comments.
The editor instantly gives us one of the most valuable tips. After creating a new block, the placeholder text says “Start writing or type / to choose a block”. The emphasis here is on the forward slash
You can start a new block in a few ways: click the circled plus icon, simply pressing enter or using one of two keyboard shortcuts.
These shortcuts are also available from the block’s dropdown menu with three vertical dots.
In the aforementioned dropdown menu, you’ll also find an option to duplicate blocks. You can do it quicker by pressing CTRL + SHIFT + D (CMD + SHIFT + D on Mac) – this is especially useful if you need multiple multimedia blocks.
As pictured above, you can quickly remove your current block by pressing SHIFT + ALT + Z (SHIFT + OPT + Z on Mac).
The sidebar contains additional formatting options depending on the block type. For headings, you can choose the text alignment or the heading level (which is already visible in the block). If your block is a paragraph, you can change the font size, turn the drop cap on or change the background and text colours.
What if you’re not interested in any of the options and would rather have more room in your browser? Or perhaps you have closed the sidebar by pressing the x in its top-right corner and don’t know how to bring it back? CTRL + SHIT + , (CMD + SHIFT + , on Mac) shortcut will hide and show the sidebar.
You can be a lot more efficient with the right shortcuts. What’s your favourite? Let me know in the comments.
Let us know on social media – you can find the links at the end of the article. We would also like to know whether you have found adapting to these shortcuts easy or not. Do you think they’re intuitive?
While we’re aware it can take some time and you might struggle at first, these shortcuts are incredibly helpful in our editing process and increased our productivity significantly, removing needless “off the keyboard” time. They provide a smooth transition between writing and formatting the article.
Last but not least, we have our final combination, perhaps the most useful at the beginning of learning the shortcuts. Pressing ALT + SHIFT + H (CTRL + OPT + H on Mac) brings up a help popup where you can find most of the WordPress keyboard shortcuts.
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Originally published Jan 10, 2019 9:01:54 AM, updated June 2 2023.