Keyboard shortcuts can speed up your workflow dramatically, since they eliminate the time it takes to physically move your hand and a mouse to reposition the cursor/pointer to another place on the screen. Individually, these gestures are very brief. But added up over a day, week, year, decade, and lifetime and it really piles up and translates into wasted time. For those of us whose greatest asset is our time, and often trade it for money, the goal of maximizing productivity is paramount.
You may or may not already be aware that you can use keyboard shortcuts for moderating & navigating your WordPress comments. Those are the following:
WordPress Keyboard Shortcuts for navigating comment moderation
k – move the selection (light blue background) up
j – move the selection (light blue background) up
a – approves the currently selected comment
s – marks the current comment as spam
d – deletes the current comment
u – unapproves the currently selected comment
r – initiates an in-line reply to the currently selected comment
Esc – cancel the current reply
q – edit the currently selected comment
x – selects the current comment, used with bulk moderation
Shift + x – reverses the selection
WordPress Keyboard Shortcuts for moderating comments
Shift + a – approves the checked comments
Shift + s – marks the checked comments as spam
Shift + d – deletes the checked comments
Shift + u – unapproves the checked comments
Shift + t – moves the checked comments to the Trash
Shift + z – restores the checked comments from the Trash
But there’s also a number of them for the text editor. Many people use the visual editor in WordPress when just starting out and learning the ropes. Eventually, many of those same people eventually try out the text editor and then never look back.
There is a post editor plugin that I highly recommend using to expand the text editor toolbar with new buttons, which you can program to do anything you want, such as wrapping text in <h1> tags, list items, wrapping items in ‘less-than’ and ‘greater-than’ unicode, or any repetitive task you find yourself wanting to streamline. It has saved me a ton of time in a couple of circumstances.
But in addition to that plugin, there are also some keyboard shortcuts in WordPress that are worth knowing. Some are provided in the Help section of the WordPress toolbar, under the “Hotkeys” tab:
In addition to those, there are more, that aren’t exactly easy to spot.
- H1 Header: CTRL+1
- H2 Header: CTRL+2
- H3 Header: CTRL+3
- H4 Header: CTRL+4
- H5 Header: CTRL+5
- H6 Header: CTRL+6
- Paragraph: CTRL+7
- Format: CTRL+8
- Address: CTRL+9
- Advanced Editor (Kitchen Sink): Alt+SHIFT+Z
- Go to End: Ctrl+End
- Go to Top: Ctrl+Home
A great tool to help learn keyboard shortcuts for Sublime Text, Excel, Vim, Photoshop, Git, and other applications is Shortcut Foo.