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guideKeyboard support

CKEditor 5 offers plenty of features to help you create your content in the most productive way. Using keyboard shortcuts is one of the simplest yet most efficient and popular ways to improve interaction with the software.

Below is a list of the most important keystrokes supported by CKEditor 5 and its features.

# Content editing

Action PC Mac
Copy Ctrl + C Cmd + C
Paste Ctrl + V Cmd + V
Paste plain text and inherit target formatting Ctrl + Shift + V Cmd + Shift + V
Undo Ctrl + Z Cmd + Z
Redo Ctrl + Y
Ctrl + Shift + Z
Cmd + Y
Cmd + Shift + Z
Select all Ctrl + A Cmd + A
Bold Ctrl + B Cmd + B
Italic Ctrl + I Cmd + I
Link Ctrl + K Cmd + K
Insert a hard break (e.g. a new paragraph) Enter
Insert a soft break (i.e. a <br>) Shift + Enter
Nest the current list item (when in a list) Tab
Move out of link or inline style /
Revert autoformatting action Backspace
When a widget is selected (for example: image, table, horizontal line, etc.)
Insert a new paragraph directly after a widget Enter
Insert a new paragraph directly before a widget Shift + Enter
Display the caret to allow typing directly before a widget /
Display the caret to allow typing directly after a widget /
In a table cell
Move the selection to the next cell Tab
Move the selection to the previous cell Shift + Tab
Insert a new table row (when in the last cell of a table) Tab
Navigate through the table / / /

# User interface and navigation

Use the following keystrokes for more efficient navigation in the CKEditor 5 user interface:

Action PC Mac
Close contextual balloons and UI components like dropdowns Esc
Move focus to the visible contextual balloon Tab
Move focus between fields (inputs and buttons) in contextual balloons Tab
Move focus to the toolbar Alt + F10 Alt + F10
(may require Fn)
Navigate through the toolbar / / /
Execute the currently focused button Enter

In addition to using keyboard shortcuts, you may want to check the following productivity features:

  • Autoformatting – Allows for using Markdown-like code to format text on the go.
  • Automatic text transformation – Enables automatic turning snippets such as (tm) into and "foo" into “foo”.
  • Autolink – Turns the links and email addresses typed or pasted into the editor into active URLs.
  • Mentions – Brings support for smart autocompletion.