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Behold: Keyboard Shortcuts

With the recent release of WordPress 5.3, WP Core now supports keyboard shortcuts on macOS (and iPadOS)! Continuity between web applications reduces the learning-curve and hiccups when using different services. These changes bring WordPress more inline with web apps like Google Docs and Office Online.

We’ve included a short list of our most-used shortcuts below, but check out all the new additions by pressing CTRL + Option + H to see the full list.

Shortcuts below are listed for macOS (and iPadOS) – Windows shortcuts for Chrome and Firefox are similar, replacing the ⌘ Command key with Control.


  • Save your changes: ⌘S
  • Undo your last changes: ⌘Z
  • Redo your last undo: ⇧⌘Z
  • Show or hide the settings sidebar: ⇧⌘,
  • Switch between Visual Editor and Code Editor: ⇧⌥⌘M


  • Select all text when typing (twice to select all blocks): ⌘A
  • Clear selection: Esc


  • Duplicate the selected block(s): ⇧⌘D
  • Remove the selected block(s): ^⌥Z
  • Insert a new block before the selected block(s): ⌥⌘T
  • Insert a new block after the selected block(s): ⌥⌘Y


  • Make the selected text bold: ⌘B
  • Make the selected text italic: ⌘I
  • Convert the selected text into a link: ⌘K
  • Remove a link: ⇧⌘K
  • Underline the selected text: ⌘U

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