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Editor Keyboard Shortcuts

Editor toolbar keyboard shortcuts

The editor supports keyboard shortcuts for Windows and Macs.

  • To use your keyboard to jump to the editor toolbar, press Alt + F10. On a Mac, press Fn + ALT + F10. The focus is placed on the first icon on the left in the top row. Use the right and left arrow keys to move forward and backward. The up and down arrows don't work to navigate to different rows. Use the arrow keys to move to the end of one row and then up or down to the next available row.
  • To select an icon on the toolbar, press Enter. You're placed back in the editing window.
  • To go back to the toolbar, use the same keyboard shortcuts: Alt + F10 or Fn + ALT + F10 (Mac). The focus lands on the last icon you accessed.
  • Use the Tab key to leave the editor and move to the next field on the page.
  • Use Shift + Tab to leave the editor and move to the previous field on the page.

If you use the shortcut keys that move selected items one character left, right, up, or down, the object is absolutely positioned. "Absolutely positioned" is determined by pixels. When you move an object up once, it moves up one pixel.

Editor text box shortcuts

Note that Mac users use the Command key instead of the Ctrl key. In this table, these shortcuts are indicated by "Mac."

Keyboard shortcuts
Keyboard Shortcut Description
Right Arrow Move one character to the right.
Left Arrow Move one character to the left.
Down Arrow Move down one line.
Up Arrow Move up one line.
Ctrl + Right Arrow
Mac: Command + Right Arrow
Move right one word.
Ctrl + Left Arrow
Mac: Command + Left Arrow
Move left one word.
End Move to the end of the line.
Home Move to the start of the line.
Ctrl + Down Arrow
Mac: Command + Down Arrow
Move down one paragraph.
Ctrl + Up Arrow
Mac: Command + Up Arrow
Move up one paragraph.
Page Down Move down one page.
Page Up Move up one page.
Ctrl + Home
Mac: Command + Home
Move to the beginning of the text.
Ctrl + End
Mac: Command + End
Move to the end of the text.
Selection
Shift + Right Arrow Extend the selection one character to the right.
Shift + Left Arrow Extend the selection one character to the left.
Ctrl + Shift + Right Arrow
Mac: Command + Shift + Right Arrow
Extend the selection right one word.
Ctrl + Shift + Left Arrow
Mac: Command + Shift + Left Arrow
Extend the selection left one word.
Shift + Up Arrow Extend the selection up one line.
Shift + Down Arrow Extend the selection down one line.
Shift + End Extend the selection to the end of the current line.
Shift + Home Extend the selection to the start of the current line.
Shift + Page Down Extend the selection down one page.
Shift + Page Up Extend the selection up one page.
Ctrl + Shift + End Extend the selection to the end of the document.
Ctrl + Shift + Home
Mac: Command + Shift + Home
Extend the selection to the beginning of the document.
Ctrl + A
Mac: Command + A
Select all of the elements that appear in the text box.
Editing
Backspace
Mac: Delete
Delete the selection. Or, if you make no selection, delete the character to the left of the mouse pointer.
Ctrl + Backspace
Mac: Shift + Command + Delete
Delete all of a word to the left of the mouse pointer.
Mac: All words in a line to the left of the mouse pointer are deleted.
Ctrl + C
Mac: Command + C
Copy the selection.
Ctrl + V
Mac: Command + V
Paste the cut or copied contents.
Ctrl + X
Mac: Command + X
Cut the selection.
Delete Delete the selection.
Insert Switch between inserting and overwriting text.
Ctrl + Z
Mac: Command + Z
Undo the most recent formatting command.
Ctrl + Y
Mac: Command + Y
Redo the most recent undone command.
Ctrl + F
Mac: Command + F
Find text.
Shift + F10 Display the menu, which is the same as a right-click.
Formatting
Ctrl + B
Mac: Command + B
Select or clear bold formatting.
Ctrl + I
Mac: Command + I
Select or clear italic formatting.
Ctrl + U
Mac: Command + U
Select or clear underlining.