Sometimes in WordPress, you don’t have the luxury of time, or just want to keep the momentum going. Well it’s hard to do this when you have to link a few words, making a list or even just italicizing a word. That’s where shortcuts come in, they help keep the flow and help you be more efficient.
The easiest way to learn what the shortcut of a certain button is is to just hover your cursor over the button and it will display the name of the button and the shortcut. The hard part is learning to actually use them and getting used to using them, which means you might be a bit slow at the start, but in time you’ll get faster.
In my experience with WordPress, some of my most commonly used shortcuts are:
- Bold (Ctrl + B)
- Links (Shift + Alt + A)
- Highlighting Words (Shift + Arrow keys)
- Lists (Shift + Alt + U (unordered list) and Shift + Alt + O (ordered list))
- Moving to the Start of a line (Home)
- Moving to the End of a Line (End)
- Highlighting a Line (Shift + Home or End (depending on the location of the cursor in the line)
There are way more shortcuts out there that may seem more useful to you, but for me, these are the most important to learn first.
So how much time do you actually save from shortcuts? Well, considering each shortcut saves about 2 seconds, and let’s say you work 4 hours a day for 240 days a year, you could save about 64 hours, which isn’t really a significant amount considering this is through the whole year, but if you believe that time is money, you just saved some then.
A couple important things to remember when learning shortcuts, not all shortcuts work with all programs, so you might know the shortcut for a link in WordPress, but that might not be the same for some other program. And know your way around your keyboard, because if you don’t, you might waste more time.
I hope this helped, and remember to check out the rest of the content on the site in order to learn more about WordPress and have fun with it 🙂