VisualEditor/Keyboard shortcuts

This page outlines the various mouse and keyboard commands supported by the VisualEditor. If you have ideas for new useful commands, or have noticed problems with the existing ones, please let us know on the Feedback Page.

Commonly-used shortcutsEdit

General shortcutsEdit

  • Ctrl+X or Cmd+X — Cut
  • Ctrl+C or Cmd+C — Copy
  • Ctrl+V or Cmd+V — Paste
  • Ctrl+Z or Cmd+Z — Undo
  • Ctrl+ Shift+Z or Cmd+ Shift+Z — Redo

Editor shortcutsEdit

  • Ctrl+K or Cmd+K — insert link
  • Tab — indent list (later, paragraph)
  • Shift+Tab — outdent list (later, paragraph)

Full list of mouse and keyboard interactionsEdit

Feature Action
Move cursor with mouse Click on new insertion position
Move cursor with keyboard Direction keys[1]
Select content with mouse Dragging
Select content with mouse Double and triple Click
Select content with keyboard Shift + (Direction keys[1])
Select word with mouse Double Click on word
Select block with mouse Triple Click on block
Adjust selection with mouse Shift+Click
Load insertion formatting from content Move cursor[1]
Insert text with keyboard Character and number keys
Insert special characters with keyboard Multiple character or number keys using an input method editor
Delete with with keyboard Backspace and Delete keys
Delete word with with keyboard ( Option or Alt)+( Backspace and Delete) keys
Delete line with with keyboard ( Command or Control)+( Backspace and Delete) keys
Undo with keyboard ( Command or Control)+Z
Redo with keyboard ( Command or Control)+ Shift+Z
Copy selection with keyboard ( Command or Control)+C
Cut selection with keyboard ( Command or Control)+X
Paste selection with keyboard ( Command or Control)+V
Copy selection from menu Select "Copy" item in context or browser menu
Cut selection from menu Select "Cut" item in context or browser menu
Paste selection from menu Select "Paste" item in context or browser menu
Highlight object with mouse Click on object
Toggle bold on selected content and in insertion formatting with mouse Click on bold tool in toolbar
Toggle italic on selected content and in insertion formatting with mouse Click on italic tool in toolbar
Toggle bold on selected content and in insertion formatting with keyboard ( Command or Control)+B
Toggle italic on selected content and in insertion formatting with keyboard ( Command or Control)+I
Split block with keyboard Enter
Merge blocks with keyboard Backspace at beginning or Delete at end of block boundary

NotesEdit

  1. a b c Direction keys: , , , , Home, End, PageUp and PageDown