Most used text editing keyboard shortcuts

Most used text editing

Zeynel Abidin Öztürk -
20 months 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.
Ctrl +

Move cursor to beginning of previous word

Ctrl +

Move cursor to beginning of next word

Ctrl + ⬅ Backspace

Delete previous word

Ctrl + Del

Delete next word

Ctrl +

Move cursor to beginning of paragraph

Ctrl +

Move cursor to end of paragraph

Home

Move cursor to beginning of current line

End

Move cursor to end of current line

Ctrl + Home

Move cursor to top of the text entry field

Ctrl + End

Move cursor to bottom of the text entry field

Page Up

Move cursor up a page/frame

Page Down

Move cursor down a page/frame

↑   Shift + ←  →

Select characters one at a time

↑   Shift + ↑  ↓

Select lines on at a time

↑   Shift + Ctrl + ↑  ↓

Select paragraphs

↑   Shift + Home

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

↑   Shift + End

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

↑   Shift + Ctrl + Home

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

↑   Shift + Ctrl + End

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

Shift + Page Down

Select a frame of text below the cursor

Shift + Page Up

Select a frame of text above the cursor

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.
Ctrl + C

Copy selected text

or Ctrl + Insert
Ctrl + X

Cut selected text

or ↑   Shift + Del
Ctrl + Z

Undo

Ctrl + Y

Redo

Del

Delete character to the right

↑   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.
Ctrl + B

Bold

Ctrl + I

Italic

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.
Ctrl + F

Opens find text dialog in most applications

F3

Find next occurence of last searched string

↑   Shift + F3

Find previous occurence of last searched string

Ctrl + O

Open

Ctrl + S

Save

Ctrl + N

Create a new document

Ctrl + P

Print

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

Alt + F

Open File menu

Alt + E

Open Edit menu

Alt + V

Open View menu


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

Last update: 13 Mar 2019

Shortcut count: 45

How easy to press shortcuts: 83%

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