WordPress Block Editor - Keyboard Shortcuts

WordPress Block Editor – Keyboard Shortcuts

WordPress Block Editor

This tutorial is part of our series on How To Use The WordPress Block Editor (Gutenberg).


The WordPress block content editor provides a number of keyboard shortcuts to help you speed up many editing and formatting tasks.

How To Access A List Of Keyboard Shortcuts

To access and view a list of keyboard shortcuts for the WordPress Block (Gutenberg) editor, click on the ‘Options’ menu icon.

This brings up a menu with additional content editing tools and options.

Select Keyboard Shortcuts (or use this keyboard shortcut: Shift + Alt + H)

This will bring up a list of all the keyboard shortcuts you can use while working in the block editor.

WordPress Block Editor Keyboard Shortcuts

The WordPress block editor keyboard shortcuts listed below are for Windows users.

For keyboard shortcuts for Mac users and additional WordPress power-user keyboard shortcuts, refer to your WordPress User Manual:

  • Display keyboard shortcuts: Shift+Alt+H

Global Shortcuts

  • Switch between visual editor and code editor: Ctrl+Shift+Alt+M
  • Toggle fullscreen mode: Ctrl+Shift+Alt+F
  • Open the block list view: Shift+Alt+O
  • Show or hide the settings sidebar: Ctrl+Shift+,
  • Navigate to the next part of the editor:
  • Navigate to the previous part of the editor:
  • Navigate to the nearest toolbar: Alt+F10
  • Save your changes: Ctrl+S
  • Undo your last changes: Ctrl+Z
  • Redo your last undo: Ctrl+Shift+Z

Selection Shortcuts

  • Select all text when typing. Press again to select all blocks: Ctrl+A
  • Clear selection: escape

Block Shortcuts

  • Duplicate the selected block(s): Ctrl+Shift+D
  • Remove the selected block(s): Shift+Alt+Z
  • Insert a new block before the selected block(s): Ctrl+Alt+T
  • Insert a new block after the selected block(s): Ctrl+Alt+Y
  • Remove multiple selected blocks:
  • Move the selected block(s) up: Ctrl+Shift+Alt+T
  • Move the selected block(s) down: Ctrl+Shift+Alt+Y
  • Change the block type after adding a new paragraph: /

Text Formatting

  • Make the selected text bold: Ctrl+B
  • Make the selected text italic: Ctrl+I
  • Convert the selected text into a link: Ctrl+K
  • Remove a link; Ctrl+Shift+K
  • Underline the selected text: Ctrl+U
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Save time and work faster with the WordPress Block Editor keyboard shortcuts!

Congratulations! Now you know how to use the keyboard shortcuts for the WordPress Block Editor.

For more tutorials on using the WordPress Block Editor (Gutenberg), go here: WordPress Block Editor

To learn how to use other blocks, go here: WordPress Block Editor – How To Use Blocks


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Updated: April 9th, 2023

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