Knowing your computer’s keyboard shortcuts can enhance productivity manifolds. Similarly, your efficiency of working on WordPress can also get an instant boost if you know how useful certain keyboard shortcuts can be. Especially for the people who don’t like to switch between keyboard and mouse continuously, these keyboard shortcuts can prove nothing less than a blessing.
There are dozens of shortcuts for editing content, taking certain actions or just navigating around WordPress. So, let’s check out the comprehensive list of almost all the WordPress keyboard shortcuts that I’ve prepared for users who want to get things done efficiently.
Moving around WordPress and its options is same as navigating any other website.
You just need the Tab, Arrow, Enter and the Backspace keys for that purpose. Below is an explanation of how to use each of these keys for navigation.
When you’ll press Tab it’ll move you to the next clickable link/option on the page starting from the top. You can press it multiple times to move from one option to another. In case you want to move back, hold Shift and press Tab.
←, →, ↑ and ↓ will let you scroll through the post content.
When you want to confirm a dialog box or access an option, simply press Enter.
Backspace moves you back to the previous page. You can hold Shift and press backspace to move forward a page.
This where the fun begins. Learning all the post editor shortcuts will help you edit and format your content quickly. Below are all the content management, editing and formatting shortcuts you’ll need to create content on WordPress.
|1||Highlight content per character||Shift + ← / →|
|2||Highlight content per word||Ctrl + Shift + ← / →|
|3||Highlight above/below line||Shift + ↑ / ↓|
|4||Select all content||Ctrl + A|
|5||Paste content without formatting||Ctrl + Shift + V|
|8||Apply heading 1||Shift + Alt + 1|
|9||Apply heading 2||Shift + Alt + 2|
|7||Remove link||Shift + Alt + S|
|6||Insert link||Ctrl + K|
|5||Strikethrough text||Shift + Alt + D|
|10||Apply heading 3||Shift + Alt + 3|
|11||Apply heading 4||Shift + Alt + 4|
|12||Apply heading 5||Shift + Alt + 5|
|13||Apply heading 6||Shift + Alt + 6|
|14||Apply paragraph formatting||Shift + Alt + 7|
WordPress also has dedicated shortcuts for comment moderation section to make it easy to manage comments. However, you’ll first have to enable the keyboard shortcuts for the comment moderation section before using them. Here’s how to do it:
Go to your WordPress user profile and enable the option “Enable keyboard shortcuts for comment moderation”. This will activate all the shortcuts that I have listed below. Do keep in mind that each user profile must manually enable these shortcuts before using them.
J and K keys are the only keys you’ll need to navigate the comments.
Pressing J will move you down in the comments, If no comments are selected, then the first one will be selected, K will move you up in the comments.
Also, if you reach the bottom, J will move you to the next page. And then K will move you back to the previous page.
Below are some single key shortcuts that will work when a comment or multiple comments are highlighted:
|2||Mark as spam||S|
|8||Open comment editing screen||E|
|3||Move to trash||D|
|7||Enable quick edit||Q|
|4||Undo recent action||Z|
|6||Reply to comment||R|
Apply actions in bulk
There are some shortcuts you can use to apply bulk actions to manage the comments section. You can find these in the following:
|1||Select all comments||Shift + X|
|6||Approve all selected comments||Shift + A|
|7||Trash selected comments||Shift + T|
|8||Permanently delete selected comments||Shift + D|
|9||Mark selected comments as spam||Shift + S|
|10||Unapprove selected comments||Shift + U|
|11||Restore select comments||Shift + Z|
These keyboard shortcuts will definitely help you be productive while managing your website through WordPress. I rarely use the mouse while editing the content, and apart from a tiny delay in highlighting the content; I never had any problem.
If you know other useful WordPress keyboard shortcuts or WordPress tips and tricks, share with us in the comments.