Keyboard Shortcuts for Super-Fast Text Editing

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You type a lot. So learn to go into top gear with these text editing shortcuts. They're usable almost anywhere you type text on your computers, and I've included options for both Mac and PC.

Beginner Level

Copy Text

  • PC: Ctrl + C
  • Mac: Cmd + C

Cut Text

  • PC: Ctrl + X
  • Mac: Cmd + X

Paste Text

  • PC: Ctrl + V
  • Mac: Cmd + V

Bold Text

  • PC: Ctrl + B
  • Mac: Cmd + B

Italic Text

  • PC: Ctrl + I
  • Mac: Cmd + I

Underline Text

  • PC: Ctrl + U
  • Mac: Cmd + U

Select All Text

  • PC: Ctrl + A
  • Mac: Cmd + A

Intermediate Level

Move to Next Word

  • PC: Ctrl + Right Arrow
  • Mac: Alt + Right Arrow

Move to Previous Word

  • PC: Alt + Left Arrow
  • Mac: Alt + Left Arrow

Move to Front of Line

  • PC: Home
  • Mac: Cmd + Left Arrow

Move to End of Line

  • PC: End
  • Mac: Cmd + Right Arrow

Move to Top of Paragraph

  • PC: Ctrl + Up Arrow
  • Mac: Alt + Up Arrow

Move to Next Paragraph

  • PC: Ctrl + Down Arrow
  • Mac: Alt + Down Arrow

Move to Top of Document

  • PC: Ctrl + Home
  • Mac: Cmd + Up Arrow

Move to End of Document

  • PC: Ctrl + End
  • Mac: Cmd + Down Arrow

Advanced Level

Delete Next Word

  • PC: Ctrl + Backspace
  • Mac: Fn + Alt + Delete

Delete Previous Word

  • PC: Ctrl + Delete
  • Mac: Alt + Delete

Select to Front of the Line

  • PC: Shift + Home
  • Mac: Shift + Ctrl + Left Arrow

Select to End of the Line

  • PC: Shift + End
  • Mac: Shift + Ctrl + Right Arrow

Select to Front of Paragraph

  • PC: Ctrl + Shift + Up Arrow
  • Mac: Shift + Alt + Up Arrow

Select to End of Paragraph

  • PC: Ctrl + Shift + Down Arrow
  • Mac: Shift + Alt + Down Arrow

Select to Document Top

  • PC: Ctrl + Shift + Home
  • Mac: Fn + Shift + Up Arrow

Select to Document End

  • PC: Ctrl + Shift + End
  • Mac: Fn + Shift + Down Arrow

Expert Ninja Combinations

Select Multiple Lines

  • Select one line, hold Shift + Up or Down Arrow

Delete Paragraph

  • PC: Ctrl + Up Arrow, Shift + Down Arrow, Delete
  • Mac: Alt + Up Arrow, Shift + Alt + Down Arrow, Delete

Fine Selection Control

  • With any selection, hold Shift and tap Left or Right Arrow

Delete Current Line

  • PC: Home, Shift + End, Delete
  • Mac: Alt + Up Arrow, Shift + Down Arrow, Delete

Move a Sentence Somewhere Else

  • PC: Select sentence, Ctrl + X, move cursor somewhere else, Ctrl + V
  • Mac: Select sentence, Cmd + X, move cursor somewhere else, Cmd + V

Quickly Format Text

  • PC: With any selection, Ctrl + B/U/I
  • Mac: With any selection, Ctrl + B/U/I

Delete Enter Document (Give Up On Your Dreams)

  • PC: Ctrl + A, Delete
  • Mac: Cmd + A, Delete