CKEditor 4 keyboard shortcuts

Many functions in CKEditor 4 have their equivalent keyboard shortcuts. This is one of the reasons why working with the editor is simple and efficient.

Working with a document

Esc Closes a CKEditor dialog window, drop-down list, or context menu. Equivalent to the Cancel button in a dialog window. Also moves from the context menu submenu to the parent option.

Enter Selects a CKEditor function from the toolbar, drop-down list, or context menu. Equivalent to the OK button in a dialog window.

Shift+F10, Menu/Application key – Opens the element’s context menu.

Ctrl+Z – Performs the undo operation.

Ctrl+Y, Shift+Ctrl+Z – Performs the redo operation.

Navigation

Home – Jumps to the beginning of the line.

Ctrl+Home – Jumps to the beginning of the document.

End – Jumps to the end of the line.

Ctrl+End – Jumps to the end of the document.

PgDn – Scrolls down the document, approximately by the length of the editing area.

PgUp – Scrolls up the document, approximately by the length of the editing area.

Writing

Enter (Return) – Ends a paragraph and starts a new one.

Shift+Enter – Adds a line break.

Shift+Ctrl+3 – Enables entering content (by adding a new paragraph) before a problematic element such as an image, table or div element that starts or ends a document, list, or even adjacent horizontal lines.

Shift+Ctrl+4 – Enables entering content (by adding a new paragraph) after a problematic element such as an image, table or div element that starts or ends a document, list, or even adjacent horizontal lines.

Backspace, Del – Deletes a character.

Ctrl+Backspace, Ctrl+Del – Deletes a word.

Text selection

Ctrl+A – Selects all document contents.

Shift+Arrow – Selects a text fragment by letters.

Ctrl+Shift+Arrow – Selects a text fragment by words.

Shift+Home – Selects a text fragment from the cursor to the beginning of the line.

Shift+End – Selects a text fragment from the cursor to the end of the line.

Ctrl+Shift+Home – Selects a text fragment from the cursor to the beginning of the document.

Ctrl+Shift+End – Selects a text fragment from the cursor to the end of the document.

Shift+PgDn – Selects a text fragment of approximately the length of the editing area starting from the cursor and going down.

Shift+PgUp – Selects a text fragment of approximately the length of the editing area starting from the cursor and going up.

Accessibility

Alt+0 – Opens the Accessibility Instructions dialog window.

Alt+F10 – Enters the toolbar or the tab list of the currently open dialog window.

Alt+F11 – Enters the elements path.

Tab – Moves to the next toolbar button group, context menu suboption, elements path element, dialog window element, or dialog window tab while in the tab list.

Right Arrow – Moves to the next toolbar button within the group, context menu suboption, elements path element, dialog window element, or dialog window tab while in the tab list.

Tab or Down Arrow – Moves to the next drop-down list or context menu option.

Shift+Tab – Moves to the previous toolbar button group, context menu parent option, elements path element, dialog window element, or dialog window tab while in the tab list.

Left Arrow – Moves to the previous toolbar button within the group, context menu parent option, elements path element, dialog window element, or dialog window tab while in the tab list.

Shift+Tab or Up Arrow – Moves to the previous drop-down list or context menu option.

Space or Enter – Activates a toolbar button, a context menu option, a drop-down list option, an elements path element, or a dialog window tab once selected. Also enters a context menu submenu, if it is available.

Cut, Copy and Paste

Ctrl+X, Shift+Del – Cuts a text fragment to clipboard.

Ctrl+C – Copies a text fragment to clipboard.

Ctrl+V, Shift+Insert – Pastes a text fragment from clipboard.

Shift+Ctrl+V – Pastes content from clipboard as plain text.

Text styling

Ctrl+B – Applies bold formatting to a text fragment.

Ctrl+I – Applies italics formatting to a text fragment.

Ctrl+U – Applies underline formatting to a text fragment.

Copy formatting

Ctrl+Shift+C – Copies the inline formatting from a text fragment and enables the sticky mode.

Ctrl+Shift+V – Applies the previously copied inline formatting to a text fragment.

Esc – Disables the sticky mode.

Rich text

Ctrl+L, Ctrl+K – Opens the Link dialog window.

Tab – Indents a list.

Shift+Tab – Outdents a list.