21 Useful Gutenberg Keyboard Shortcuts

Updated: October 19, 2021

Gutenberg has been available as the default editor of WordPress for quite a while now. If you stick to it instead of replacing it with the classic editor, you might start to figure out if there are ways to work more efferently. In addition to the ability to create reusable blocks, Gutenberg also offers a set of keyboard shortcuts to allow you to work more efficiently. For instance, to insert a link, you can click the Ctrl+K on your keyboards instead of performing clicks. We have put together the list of keyboard shortcuts available on Gutenberg. If you want to see the available keyboard shortcuts yourself, you can click the three-dot icon on the upper-right corner of the Gutenberg screen and select Keyboard shortcuts (Shift+Alt+H).

Please note that the keyboard shortcuts on the list below are for Windows and Linux. If you use Mac, you can replace the Ctrl key with the command key.

List of Gutenberg Keyboard Shortcuts

General Keyboard Shortcuts

  • Enter = Add a new block
  • Ctrl + Shift + D = Duplicate the selected blocks
  • Alt + Shift + Z = Remove the selected blocks
  • Ctrl + Alt + T = Insert a new block before the selected block
  • Ctrl + Alt + Y = Insert a new block after the selected block
  • / = Change the block type
  • Esc = Clear selection
  • Ctrl + Z = Undo the last changes
  • Ctrl + Shift + Z = Redo the last undo
  • Ctrl + Shift + , = Show/hide the settings panel
  • Alt + Shift + O = Open the block navigation menu (list view)
  • Alt + Shift + N = Navigate to the next part of the editor
  • Alt + Shift + P = Navigate to the previous part of the editor
  • Alt + F10 = Navigate to the nearest toolbar
  • Ctrl + Shift + Alt + M = Switch between Visual Editor and Code Editor
  • CTRL + Shift + Alt + F = Switch to the full-screen mode

Text Formatting Keyboard Shortcuts

  • Ctrl + B = Make the selected text bold
  • Ctrl + I = Make the selected text bold
  • Ctrl + K = Conver the selected text into a link
  • Ctrl + Shift + K = Remove a link
  • Ctrl + U = Underline the selected text

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