Posted by focuspoint on August 5, 2011
Writing can be time consuming enough, we should do all we can to make it more efficient. There are a number of ways to do this -
- Using WordPress plugins that make it easier to create stunning posts (like TinyMCE Advanced)
- Spend a little time learning to write from websites and books and webinars (and reading Chris Brogans My Best Advice About Blogging)
- Using Shortcut keys common to writing, and unique to WordPress’s editor
Right now we’ll explore point 3, shortcut keys. WordPress is full of shortcuts you can use to make your writing faster. First of all, you can enlarge your editor window (Go to Settings > Writing > Size of the post box and make it 20 or 40 lines). This gives you more room to see your post.
It does push the “kitchen sink” and formatting tools farther away, but with WordPress’s keyboard shortcuts we don’t need it as much. Plus, using shortcut keys regularly will improve your efficiency (don’t believe me? Time how long it takes to find mouse, move it to “Hyperlink” vs. hitting Alt+Shift+A).
Here’s some useful WordPress shortcuts:
With text highlighted,
Underline = [Ctrl] + [U]
Bold = [Ctrl] + [B]
Italics = [Ctrl] + [I]
Strikethrough = [Alt] + [Shift] + [D]
Align Center: Alt+SHIFT+c
Align Left: Alt+SHIFT+L
Read More: Alt+SHIFT+t
Unordered List (ul): Alt+SHIFT+u
Ordered List (ol): Alt+SHIFT+o
Publish the Post: Alt+SHIFT+p
Jason wrote an excellent post with a bunch more shortcuts helpful for writing over at JetStream, check it out for shortcuts like Select a Letter and Select a Word, and jumping by word using Ctrl+arrow keys.