LibreOffice keyboard shortcuts


Zeynel Abidin Öztürk -
3 years ago
- Shortcuts

LibreOffice consists of various programs. Here are the common shortcuts that can be used in those programs. To get sharper control in any or LibreOffice programs like LibreOffice Writer, just search for the program name in search box above.

Some of the shortcut keys may be assigned to your desktop system. Keys that are assigned to the desktop system are not available to LibreOffice. Try to assign different keys either for LibreOffice, in Tools - Customize - Keyboard, or in your desktop system.

Open menu by underlined character. After menu opens, the menu items will be also underlined. You can just press this character to activate the feature

↑   Shift +

While dragging items with mouse, hold Shift, Ctrl or Alt key to access modified features. The cursor will change to highlight the activated feature

or Ctrl +
or Alt +
Ctrl + A

Select entire text

Ctrl + Del

Delete everything from the cursor position to the end of the word


Switch between insert mode and overwrite mode

Ctrl + Z

Undo modifications one step at a time

Scroll through AutoComplete suggestions

Ctrl + ↑   Shift + Q

Terminate running macros

⤶ Enter

Activates the focused button in a dialog


Terminates the action or dialog. If in LibreOffice Help: goes up one level


Toggles the focused check box in a dialog

← ↑ → ↓

Changes the active control field in an option section of a dialog

⭾ Tab

Advances focus to the next section or element in a dialog

↑   Shift + ⭾ Tab

Moves the focus to the previous section or element in a dialog

Alt +

Opens the list of the control field currently selected in a dialog. These shortcut keys apply not only to combo boxes but also to icon buttons with pop-up menus.Close an opened list by pressing the Escape key.

Ctrl + O

Opens a document

Ctrl + S

Saves the current document

Ctrl + N

Creates a new document

Ctrl + ↑   Shift + N

Opens Templates and Documents dialog

Ctrl + P

Prints document

Ctrl + F

Activates the Find toolbar

Ctrl + H

Calls the Find & Replace dialog

Ctrl + ↑   Shift + F

Searches for the last entered search term

Ctrl + ↑   Shift + J

Toggles the view between fullscreen mode and normal mode in Writer or Calc

Ctrl + ↑   Shift + R

Redraws the document view

Ctrl + ↑   Shift + I

Enable or disable the selection cursor in read-only text


Starts the LibreOffice Help

↑   Shift + F1

Context Help

↑   Shift + F2

Turns on Extended Tips for the currently selected command, icon or control


Sets focus in next subwindow (for example, document/data source view)

↑   Shift + F6

Sets focus in previous subwindow.


Activates the first menu (File menu)

↑   Shift + F10

Opens the context menu.

Ctrl + F4

Closes the current document (close LibreOffice when the last open document is closed)

or Alt + F4
Ctrl + Q

Exits application.

Ctrl + ⭾ Tab

When positioned at the start of a header, a tab is inserted

⤶ Enter

(when an OLE object is selected) Activates the selected OLE object

⤶ Enter

(when a drawing object or text object is selected) Activates text input mode

Ctrl + X

Cuts out the selected elements

Ctrl + C

Copies the selected items

Ctrl + V

Pastes from the clipboard

Ctrl + Alt + ↑   Shift + V

Pastes unformatted text from the clipboard. The text is pasted using the format that exists at the insertion point

Ctrl + ↑   Shift + V

Opens the Paste Special dialog

Ctrl + A

Selects all

Ctrl + Z

Undoes last action

Ctrl + Y

Redoes last action

Ctrl + ↑   Shift + Y

Repeats last command

Ctrl + I

The Italic attribute is applied to the selected area. If the cursor is positioned in a word, this word is also marked in italic

Ctrl + B

The Bold attribute is applied to the selected area. If the cursor is positioned in a word, this word is also put in bold

Ctrl + U

The Underlined attribute is applied to the selected area. If the cursor is positioned in a word, this word is also underlined

Ctrl + M

Removes direct formatting from selected text or objects (as in Format - Clear Direct Formatting)

⭾ Tab

Moves between areas

↑   Shift + ⭾ Tab

Moves between areas (backwards)

Moves the selection up one

Moves the selection down

Ctrl + ⤶ Enter

Opens the Properties dialog

↑   Shift + F10

Opens a context menu

Ctrl + U

Refreshes the selected theme

Ctrl + R

Opens the Enter Title dialog

Ctrl + D

Deletes the selected theme


Inserts a new theme


Jumps to the first entry


Jumps to the last entry

Selects the next Gallery element on the left

Selects the next Gallery element on the right

Selects the next Gallery element above

Selects the next Gallery element below

Page Up

Scroll up one screen

Page Down

Scroll down one screen

Ctrl + ↑   Shift + Insert

Inserts the selected object as a linked object into the current document

Ctrl + I

Inserts a copy of the selected object into the current document

Ctrl + T

Opens the Enter Title dialog

Ctrl + P

Switches between themes view and object view

or Space
or ⤶ Enter

Toggles row selection, except when the row is in edit mode

Ctrl + Space

Toggles row selection

↑   Shift + Space

Selects the current column

Ctrl + Page Up

Moves pointer to the first row

Ctrl + Page Down

Moves pointer to the last row

Select the toolbar with F6. Use the Down Arrow and Right Arrow to select the desired toolbar icon and press Ctrl+Enter:  Inserts a Drawing Object.
Ctrl + F6 then ⭾ Tab

Selects a Drawing Object

⭾ Tab

Selects the next Drawing Object

↑   Shift + ⭾ Tab

Selects the previous Drawing Object

Ctrl + Home

Selects the first Drawing Object

Ctrl + End

Selects the last Drawing Object


Ends Drawing Object selection


(in Handle Selection Mode) Exit Handle Selection Mode and return to Object Selection Mode

← ↑ → ↓

Move the selected point (the snap-to-grid functions are temporarily disabled, but end points still snap to each other)

Alt + ← ↑ → ↓

Moves the selected Drawing Object one pixel (in Selection Mode)

Alt + ← ↑ → ↓

Re-sizes a Drawing Object (in Handle Selection Mode)

Alt + ← ↑ → ↓

Rotates a Drawing Object (in Rotation Mode)

Alt + ← ↑ → ↓

Opens the properties dialog for a Drawing Object

Alt + ← ↑ → ↓

Activates the Point Selection mode for the selected drawing object


Select a point of a drawing object (in Point Selection mode) / Cancel selection


The selected point blinks once per second

↑   Shift + Space

Select an additional point in Point Selection mode

Ctrl + ⭾ Tab

Select the next point of the drawing object (Point Selection mode)

Ctrl + ⭾ Tab

In Rotation mode, the center of rotation can also be selected

Ctrl + ↑   Shift + ⭾ Tab

Select the previous point of the drawing object (Point Selection mode)

Ctrl + ⤶ Enter

A new drawing object with default size is placed in the center of the current view

Ctrl + ⤶ Enter

(at the Selection icon) Activates the first drawing object in the document.


Leave the Point Selection mode. The drawing object is selected afterwards


Edit a point of a drawing object (Point Edit mode)

Pressing any text or numerical key:   If a drawing object is selected, switches to edit mode and places the cursor at the end of the text in the drawing object. A printable character is inserted

(while creating or scaling a graphic object) The position of the object's center is fixed

↑   Shift

(while creating or scaling a graphic object) The ratio of the object's width to height is fixed

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Program information

Program name: LibreOffice LibreOffice (Productivity)

LibreOffice is a free and open source office software suite. It was forked from in 2010 which was open source version of the earlier StarOffice. LibreOffice contains programs for editing text, spreadsheets, diagrams, slideshows, databases and more.

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Last update: 05 Feb 2020

Shortcut count: 108

How easy to press shortcuts: 83%

Platform detected: Windows or Linux (not macOS)

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