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27 WordPress Post Editor Shortcuts You Should Know

27 WordPress Post Editor Shortcuts You Should Know

27 WordPress Post Editor Shortcuts You Should Know

WordPress is a free and open-source content management system (CMS) based on PHP and MySQL. WordPress was used by more than 27.5% of the top 10 million websites as of February 2017. WordPress is reportedly the most popular website management or blogging system in use on the Web, supporting more than 60 million websites

Back then, I was using Blogger as my CMS and I must say, it was a good start. After a while, I moved to WordPress and it’s now so interesting.

Well, if you are blogging via WordPress, you already know how user-friendly everything is. Whether you are a newbie or a pro WordPress blogger, these tips will make your WP experience seamless and very swift.

I promise you, after using these WordPress post editor shortcuts and getting used to it, you will be so accustomed to the WordPress post editor.

27 WordPress Post Editor Shortcuts You Should Know

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A shortcut is simply a quicker or easier way to do something. So below, I am going to show you 27 WordPress post editor shortcuts that will help you type and edit your posts without stress.

The good thing about these shortcuts is that there are easy to remember.

All you have to do most time is to highlight with your mouse while the rest, the shortcut does it. Use shortcut keys as an alternative to the mouse when working in Windows.

Shortcut 1

Ctrl + B

Using the Ctrl(Control) + B while typing will make the highlighted text to become bold. Instead of dragging the mouse all the time to click on the bold icon at the top left, get used to the shortcut key to make whatever you type to be bold.

Don’t forget, it’s CTRL + B, i.e press the Control key(while still holding it), then press the key B. It’s just the same anytime you see a + in-between two keys.

Shortcut 2

Ctrl + i

Using the Ctrl(Control) + I while typing will make the highlighted text to become italic. Instead of dragging the mouse all the time to click on the italic icon at the top left, get used to the shortcut key to make whatever you type to be italic.

The bold and italic formatting are also useful especially to help make users/readers of your blog able to distinguish special things or notes. It’s also good for on-page SEO.

Shortcut 3

Ctrl + K

The Ctrl + K key comes handy when you want to insert a link to any text on the WordPress post editor.  As simple as it sounds, it does the same simple job of adding/inserting links to the highlighted text or whatever you want to add a link to.

Instead of using the mouse all the time to click on the Insert Link button, this shortcut key does the job swiftly and interestingly.

To insert a link in any text, just press the Ctrl + K key and then enter or paste the link(Ctrl + V) as usual.

Shortcut 4

Ctrl + A

The Ctrl + A is very popular among computer users. This shortcut will highlight the entire text, images, in fact, everything on the post editor or page. This is useful when you want to copy every content on a particular page to save or paste it elsewhere.

Most content scrapers/copiers use this shortcut to copy everything on a particular page and then comfortably paste it on their own post editor for a final touch.

If you need to select/highlight all the contents in the post editor, this shortcut should always be at your finger tip.

Likewise, if you want to highlight some part of the page, that’s where the mouse comes in.

Shortcut 5

Ctrl + V

I know a lot of people are aware of the CTRL + V shortcut key while others do but don’t use it because they are too addicted to the mouse.

And there are also people who don’t even know about it. Like seriously!

The CTRL + V is the next shortcut key after CTRL + A. The Ctrl + V is to paste the copied text or item to any location. (Precisely where the cursor is blinking)

If you haven’t been using this shortcut key, you have really been stressing or probably missing some tricks.

Hope you won’t after here.

Shortcut 6

Ctrl + X

Like the shape(scissors), the CTRL + X shortcut key is used to cut the selected items. This shortcut will copy the highlighted text and then remove it. Let’s just make it clear, it would cut/move the selected items and then you can paste it somewhere else.

Shortcut 7

Ctrl + C

The CTRL + C is just one shortcut key that you probably know. ): This is just a reminder.

But if you don’t know how useful this shortcut is, let me briefly tell you.

Instead of highlighting, then right-click and select copy from the list, you can just highlight and then hit the CTRL + C to copy instantly. This is a time saver and would always be.

I am even using it right now as I type.

Shortcut 8

Ctrl + U

The “U” stands for Underline and you know what that means. The CTRL + U shortcut is used to underline a text.

It is useful when you need to point out some part of a text so that a reader’s attention is easily grabbed.

Just remember CTRL + U is used to underline a text. Make sure you highlight the text before hitting the shortcut.

Shortcut 9

Ctrl + Z

The CTRL + Z is used to UNDO any changes made to the selected text or the entire content on the post editor.

After typing for a while and you discover you have made a mistake which might take some time to manually correct, the UNDO(CTRL + Z) will reverse the most recent changes made.

It does that by removing the changes gradually so you get what you want.

It’s like bringing back the past.

Shortcut 10

Ctrl + Y

The CTRL + Y is used to REDO any changes made to the selected text or the entire content on the post editor that has been undone.

After typing for a while and you discover you need to bring back some contents you removed or edited, the REDO(CTRL + Y) will bring back the most recent changes made. It does that by reversing the old settings gradually so you get what you want.

The more you press it, it keeps reversing the changes. It’s like bringing the future.

 

Below are very useful shortcuts in WordPress that can be used to make your WordPress experience very friendly and snappy.

The shortcuts below don’t use the CTRL + …. to work but a combination of 3 keys.

Don’t panic, the keys are close and won’t take you much time to get used to. So we would be talking about Shift + Alternate Keys.

 

Shortcut 11

Shift + Alt + 1

This shortcut is one of the first shortcuts that I use all the time because it’s used to make H1 tags. H1(Heading 1) is a very important tag on every blog post because it tells both search bots and readers that this is the core subject of the article/post.

So, the next time you want to make a H1 tag, just press Shift + Alt + 1 after highlighting the desired text. It’s as simple as it looks and getting used to it wouldn’t take much time if you do it consistently.

Shortcut 12

Shift + Alt + 2

This is the second shortcut that I use all the time because it’s used to make H2 tags. H2(Heading 2) is a very important tag on every blog post because it tells both search bots and readers that this is the core subject of the article/post. Search engines always grab this because it’s very important for on-page SEO.

So, the next time you want to make a H2 tag, just press Shift + Alt + 2 after highlighting the desired text. It’s as simple as it looks too and getting used to it wouldn’t take much time if you do it consistently.

Shortcut 13

Shift + Alt + 3

This shortcut if applied will add a H3-Heading 3 tag to the desired/highlighted text. H(1 2 3 4 5 6} are very important in SEO and with this shortcut keys at your fingertips, you can make Heading tags easily without using the mouse all the time.

Shortcut 14

Shift + Alt + 4

This shortcut if applied will add a H4-Heading 4 tag to the desired/highlighted text. Depending on the lenght of the post or article, you can have up to 4 headings.

Shortcut 15

Shift + Alt + 5

This shortcut if applied will add a H5-Heading 5 tag to the desired/highlighted text. Depending on the length of the post or article, you can have up to 5 headings.

Shortcut 16

Shift + Alt + 6

This shortcut if applied will add a H6-Heading 6 tag to the desired/highlighted text. Depending on the length of the post or article, you can have up to 4 headings.

Shortcut 17

Shift + Alt + L

This shortcut key aligns the highlighted content to the left. That’s, whatever you type, starts from the left-hand side. Using this shortcut helps you switch your text alignment to the left, very fast.

You can also align images to the right just by clicking on it and then use the shortcut to align it.(Ctrl + Alt + L)

Shortcut 18

Shift + Alt + R

This shortcut key aligns the highlighted content to the right. That’s, whatever you type, starts from the right-hand side. Using this shortcut helps you switch your text alignment to the right without using the mouse.

You can also align images to the right just by clicking on it and then use the shortcut to align it.(Ctrl + Alt + R)

 

Shortcut 19

Shift + Alt + C

This shortcut key aligns the highlighted content to the center. That’s, whatever you type, starts from the center of the page and stays that way. Using this shortcut helps you switch your text alignment to the middle/center of the post editor, and that’s how your readers will see it.

You can also align images to the center just by clicking on it and then use the shortcut to align it. (Ctrl + Alt + C)

Shortcut 20

Shift + Alt + Q

The Shift+ALT+Q shortcut is used to insert quotes in a text. If you want to make a blockquote very fast while typing, this is the easiest way. Here’s an example of a blockquote.

Using shortcuts while typing makes you type faster and easily.

Shortcut 21

Shift + Alt + O

To make a numbered list easily, use the SHIFT+ALT+O. E.g of a numbered list is:

  1. The shortcuts are very easy to remember and get used to.
  2. The keys are close.
  3. It makes you type and edit your WP posts easily.

 

Shortcut 22

Shift + Alt + U

To make a bulleted list easily, use the SHIFT+ALT+U. E.g of a numbered list is:

  • The shortcuts are very easy to remember and get used to.
  • The keys are close.
  • It makes you type and edit your WP posts easily.

It’s always used to make a list of items or whatever that needs to be seen or read one after another.

 

Shortcut 23

Shift + Alt + S

This shortcut is used to remove links from any text. It’s very easy and saves time. Just click on the link and then hit the shortcut keys.

Shortcut 24

Shift + Alt + D

To insert a line inside the text(Strikethrough), use the SHIFT+ALT+D and the job is done pretty fast without mouse clicks. Strikethrough can be used when cancelling out text or writing some currencies like the Nigerian Naira.

E.g It will cost you N50, 000 only.

Shortcut 25

Shift + Alt + W

If you wish to remove the sidebars on the left and right so as to get a distraction-free writing mode, just use the Shift+Alt+w and your post editor would be free from all those WordPress tools and options on the left and right.

Shortcut 26

Shift + Alt + P

To insert a page break tag, use the Shift+Alt+P combo. In case you are wondering what a page break is, a page Break or hard page break is a code inserted by a software program such as Word processor that tells the printing device where to end the current page and begin the next.

 

Shortcut 27

Shift + Alt + T

Oh, finally. To quickly insert a Readmore tag while typing, use the Shift+Alt+T combos.

The Readmore tag shows excerpts of your posts so a reader can click the “Read More” tag to be directed to your full post. You can truncate your blog posts with the Readmore tag.

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