Have you ever looked over the shoulder of a photoshop-wiz?

The best of them never even touch the upper menu with their mouse cursor but accomplish everything with esoteric short-cut functions that (sometimes) include intricate finger-ballet and often look like being dangerously close to muscle-cramp!

But it’s not just Photoshop. The productivity of any creative software can be radically improved by learning a few simple shortcuts.

It’s the same with WordPress.

Here are a few shortcuts that allow you to continue hacking away in a flurry without ever having to move your hands out of their ready-set-type position.

Quick And Easy

Bold: CTRL+b …………. example

Italics: CTRL+b …………. example

Underline: CTRL+u …………. example

( NOTE: These three are supported by most Office and text-processing software, as well. )

H1 Header: CTRL+1
H2 Header: CTRL+2
H3 Header: CTRL+3
etc…

(depending on your stylesheet not all of them may be supported)

Undo: CTRL+z
Redo: CTRL+y

Link: Alt+SHIFT+a

Intermediate to Esoteric

Strikethrough: Alt+SHIFT+d …………. example

Blockquote: Alt+SHIFT+q ………………… (again, depends on the stylesheet)

Read More: Alt+SHIFT+t …………………. (creates this little “read more” link)

Unordered List (ul): Alt+SHIFT+u ………………… e.g. lists with bullet points
Ordered List (ol): Alt+SHIFT+o ………………… lists with numbers

Align Left: Alt+SHIFT+l

Align Center: Alt+SHIFT+c

Align Right: Alt+SHIFT+r

Insert img URL: ALT-SHIFT-m

PLEASE NOTE:

Depending on your WordPress version and browser, the functionality of these shortcuts may vary. I tested all of the above on Chrome and apparently there are even more but some of them I couldn’t get to work so I didn’t list them.

To be quite frank, usually I never use more than those listed under Quick & Easy, myself. But having that bold, italic and underline button right at your fingertips plus being able to quickly insert headers makes the formatting a lot easier.

P.S:

All of the above shortcuts work only on the edit post or page screen. There are also special shortcuts for moderating comments. See here for more.

P.P.S:

If after all of that you still can’t get enough of shortcuts for WordPress, check out this plugin.

Happy Typing Everyone!

What shortcuts do you use? Which one work for you, which don’t? Tell us!

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