Most used text editing keyboard shortcuts

Most used text editing

Zeynel Abidin Öztürk -
4 years ago
- Shortcuts

When it comes to editing text, there are almost universal keyboard shortcuts shared by almost all programs. If you're new to writing text on computer or searching a way to remind yourself some of the shortcuts, we organized these common shortcuts below. Feel free to share your own additions with us, in comments.

On Mac, use Option instead of the Ctrl key.
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Ctrl +

Move cursor to beginning of previous word

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Ctrl +

Move cursor to beginning of next word

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Ctrl + Backspace

Delete previous word

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Ctrl + Del

Delete next word

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Ctrl +

Move cursor to beginning of paragraph

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Ctrl +

Move cursor to end of paragraph

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Home

Move cursor to beginning of current line

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End

Move cursor to end of current line

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Ctrl + Home

Move cursor to top of the text entry field

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Ctrl + End

Move cursor to bottom of the text entry field

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Page Up

Move cursor up a page/frame

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Page Down

Move cursor down a page/frame

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↑   Shift + ←  →

Select characters one at a time

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↑   Shift + ↑  ↓

Select lines on at a time

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↑   Shift + Ctrl + ↑  ↓

Select paragraphs

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↑   Shift + Home

Select the text between the cursor and the beginning of the current line

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↑   Shift + End

Select the text between the cursor and the end of the current line

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↑   Shift + Ctrl + Home

Select the text between the cursor and the beginning of the text entry field

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↑   Shift + Ctrl + End

Select the text between the cursor and the end of the text entry field

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Shift + Page Down

Select a frame of text below the cursor

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Shift + Page Up

Select a frame of text above the cursor

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Ctrl + A

Select all text

You can use these shortcuts in a sequence to tweak your selection. For example press Shift + Home to select text to the beginning of current line, then press Shift + Up to also select line above it.
While a text is selected, you don't need to press Delete or Backspace. Just start typing to replace the text.
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Ctrl + C

Copy selected text

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or Ctrl + Insert
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Ctrl + X

Cut selected text

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or ↑   Shift + Del
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Ctrl + Z

Undo

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Ctrl + Y

Redo

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Del

Delete character to the right

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↑   Shift + ⤶ Enter

In some rich text editors, this will mean a "soft return" or line break. It moves you to a new line without ending the paragraph. In many messaging programs, this shortcut will allow you to begin a new line without sending the message

Formatting shortcuts are only available in rich text editors.
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Ctrl + B

Bold

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Ctrl + I

Italic

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Ctrl + U

Underline

In languages other than English, sometimes these shortcuts gets a different letter. For example in Turkish, some programs may use Ctrl + K instead of Ctrl + B.
Most text editing programs will recognize these shortcuts.
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Ctrl + F

Opens find text dialog in most applications

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F3

Find next occurence of last searched string

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↑   Shift + F3

Find previous occurence of last searched string

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Ctrl + O

Open

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Ctrl + S

Save

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Ctrl + N

Create a new document

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Ctrl + P

Print

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Alt

Activate program's menu bar. You can then use arrow keys to select a menu and press Enter or down arrow key to open the menu

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Alt + F

Open File menu

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Alt + E

Open Edit menu

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Alt + V

Open View menu


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Program information

Program name: Most used text editing Most used text editing (Text editing)

Last update: 2/22/2020 8:34 AM UTC

How easy to press shortcuts: 83%

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Updated: Updated program information. (2 updates.) 2/22/2020 9:33:03 AM Updated program information.
2/22/2020 9:34:36 AM Updated program information.

Shortcut count: 44

Platform detected: Windows or Linux (not macOS)

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