WordPress Shortcut Keys to Make You a Faster Blogger

As you already know, today’s blogosphere is highly competitive, and speed is a requirement for success. Not only that you need captivating and original posts to draw traffic to your website, but you also have to keep them coming regularly. Quality, quantity and speed – they all matter!

However, any blogger eventually gets exhausted by the rhythm and tired to type the same things repeatedly, or give the same commands again and again. The good news is that the process can now be simplified. The WordPress shortcut keys are there to make a difference and to speed up your work and posting process.

Keyboard WordPress Shortcuts keys in the HTML Editor:

Blockquote: Alt+SHIFT+q

Bold: Alt+SHIFT+b

Code: Alt+SHIFT+c

Insert date & time: Alt+SHIFT+s

Insert Image (IMG) URL: ALT-SHIFT-m

Italics: Alt+SHIFT+i

Line Break: SHIFT+Enter

Link: Alt+SHIFT+a

List Item (li): Alt+SHIFT+l

Ordered List (ol): Alt+SHIFT+o

Publish the Post: Alt+SHIFT+p

Read More: Alt+SHIFT+t

Redo: CTRL+y

Strike through: Alt+SHIFT+d

Undo: CTRL+z

Unordered List (ul): Alt+SHIFT+u

Shortcuts in the Visual Editor:

Address: CTRL+9

Advanced Editor (Kitchen Sink): Alt+SHIFT+z

Align Center: Alt+SHIFT+c

Align Left: Alt+SHIFT+l

Align Right: Alt+SHIFT+r

Edit HTML: Alt+SHIFT+e

Format: CTRL+8

H1 Header: CTRL+1

H2 Header: CTRL+2

H3 Header: CTRL+3

H4 Header: CTRL+4

H5 Header: CTRL+5

H6 Header: CTRL+6

Paragraph: CTRL+7

Don’t forget to activate the WordPress shortcut keys option. Enable it as the image below shows:

Keyboard WordPress Shortcut keys for Comments

Starting with Version 2.7, WordPress introduced the possibility to use keyboard WordPress shortcut keys for browsing and moderating the inbound comments. This new ability is aimed at saving your precious time, because it allows you to navigate faster and perform a series of actions on the comments. This is a very handy option especially when your blog receives a large number of comments. A whole bunch of these can  be a time-consuming moderating task. Big comments list are a joy to the blogger, but they do require some effort to be checked and approved or rejected.

These WordPress shortcut keys for comments are easy to use and very helpful:

  • – moving down and then onto the next page
  • – moving up and then onto the previous page
  • – Approving the comment.
  • – marking a comment as Spam.
  • – Deleting comments.
  • – Replying to a comment.
  • – editing the comment and then Tab and Enter to save the comment.
  • Escape – cancelling a reply.
  • U-For Un – approving a comment.
  • – marking comments.
  • Shift+A/S/D/U – moderating multiple comments in a go.
  • Shift+X – toggle the selection.

The keyboard WordPress shortcut keys are used for actions that affect comments and for navigation. In order to action upon a comment, you must first select it.

WordPress Shortcut Keys for iPad

Now you can also be faster with WordPress when working on iPad and iPhone. The following will help you a great deal and, once you get used to them, you cannot go back to the old typing style.

  • When you need to type a URL in the address bar, you can make use of a “.com” key and avoid time delays. Holding the key for a while will make an options list pop up, with the appropriate endings: .net, .org, .edu and so on.
  • For email addresses fields – the To;, CC; or BCC; strike and hold the dot key. This will make a shortcuts list to pop up and automatically complete the address. This increases your convenience.
  • Making the transition between numeral and alphabetic keyboard can also be made easier. For example, when you need to type “@”, you must switch from alphabetical to numeral, then back. It feels like useless effort. Here is how to change it: strike ?123 and move your finger smoothly until you get the “@” key. Let it go by raising the finger up.


Author: Ankit Jain

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