Keyboard Shortcuts#

Most features in novelWriter are available as keyboard shortcuts. This is a reference list of those shortcuts. Most of them are also listed in the application’s user interface.

Note

On MacOS, replace Ctrl with Cmd.

Main Window Shortcuts#

Shortcut

Description

F1

Open the online user manual

F5

Open the Build Manuscript tool

F6

Open the Writing Statistics tool

F8

Toggle Focus Mode

F9

Re-build the project’s index

F11

Toggle full screen mode

Ctrl+,

Open the Preferences dialog

Ctrl+E

Switch focus to the document editor

Ctrl+T

Switch or toggle focus for the project tree or novel view

Ctrl+Q

Exit novelWriter

Ctrl+Shift+,

Open the Project Settings dialog

Ctrl+Shift+O

Open the Welcome dialog to open or create a project

Ctrl+Shift+S

Save the current project

Ctrl+Shift+T

Switch focus to the outline view

Ctrl+Shift+W

Close the current project

Shift+F1

Open the local user manual (PDF) if it is available

Shift+F6

Open the Project Details dialog

Project Tree Shortcuts#

Shortcut

Description

F2

Edit the label of the selected item

Return

Open the selected document in the editor

Alt+Up

Jump or go to the previous item at same level in the tree

Alt+Down

Jump or go to the next item at same level in the tree

Alt+Left

Jump to the parent item in the tree

Alt+Right

Jump to the first child item in the project tree

Ctrl+.

Open the context menu on the selected item

Ctrl+L

Open the Quick Links menu

Ctrl+N

Open the Create New Item menu

Ctrl+O

Open the selected document in the editor

Ctrl+R

Open the selected document in the viewer

Ctrl+Up

Move selected item one step up in the tree

Ctrl+Down

Move selected item one step down in the tree

Ctrl+Shift+Del

Move the selected item to Trash

Document Editor Shortcuts#

Text Search Shortcuts#

Shortcut

Description

F3

Find the next occurrence of the search word

Ctrl+F

Open search and look for the selected word

Ctrl+G

Find the next occurrence of the search word

Ctrl+H

Open replace and look for the selected word (Mac Cmd+=)

Ctrl+Shift+1

Replace selected occurrence, and move to the next

Ctrl+Shift+G

Find the previous occurrence of the search word

Ctrl+Shift+F

Open project search and look for the selected word

Shift+F3

Find the previous occurrence of the search word

Text Formatting Shortcuts#

Shortcut

Description

Ctrl+'

Wrap selected text, or word under cursor, in single quotes

Ctrl+"

Wrap selected text, or word under cursor, in double quotes

Ctrl+/

Toggle comment format for block or selected text

Ctrl+0

Remove format for block or selected text

Ctrl+1

Change block format to heading level 1

Ctrl+2

Change block format to heading level 2

Ctrl+3

Change block format to heading level 3

Ctrl+4

Change block format to heading level 4

Ctrl+5

Change block alignment to left-aligned

Ctrl+6

Change block alignment to centred

Ctrl+7

Change block alignment to right-aligned

Ctrl+8

Add a left margin to the block

Ctrl+9

Add a right margin to the block

Ctrl+B

Format selected text, or word under cursor, with bold

Ctrl+D

Format selected text, or word under cursor, with strike through

Ctrl+I

Format selected text, or word under cursor, with italic

Ctrl+Shift+/

Remove format for block or selected text

Ctrl+Shift+D

Toggle ignored text format for block or selected text

Other Editor Shortcuts#

Shortcut

Description

F7

Re-run the spell checker on the document

Ctrl+.

Open the context menu at the current cursor location

Ctrl+A

Select all text in the document

Ctrl+C

Copy selected text to clipboard

Ctrl+K

Activate the insert commands (see list in Insert Shortcuts)

Ctrl+R

Open or reload the current document in the viewer

Ctrl+S

Save the current document

Ctrl+V

Paste text from clipboard to cursor position

Ctrl+W

Close the current document

Ctrl+X

Cut selected text to clipboard

Ctrl+Y

Redo latest undo

Ctrl+Z

Undo latest changes

Ctrl+Backspace

Delete the word before the cursor

Ctrl+Del

Delete the word after the cursor

Ctrl+F7

Toggle spell checking

Ctrl+Return

Open the tag or reference under the cursor in the viewer

Ctrl+Shift+A

Select all text in the current paragraph

Insert Shortcuts#

A set of insert features are also available through shortcuts, but they require a double combination of key sequences. The insert feature is activated with Ctrl+K, followed by a key or key combination for the inserted content.

Shortcut

Description

Ctrl+K, Space

Insert a non-breaking space

Ctrl+K, _

Insert a long dash (em dash)

Ctrl+K, .

Insert an ellipsis

Ctrl+K, '

Insert a modifier apostrophe

Ctrl+K, *

Insert a list bullet

Ctrl+K, %

Insert a per mille symbol

Ctrl+K, ~

Insert a figure dash (same width as a number)

Ctrl+K,

Insert a short dash (en dash)

Ctrl+K, 1

Insert a left single quote

Ctrl+K, 2

Insert a right single quote

Ctrl+K, 3

Insert a left double quote

Ctrl+K, 4

Insert a right double quote

Ctrl+K, C

Insert a @char keyword

Ctrl+K, E

Insert an @entity keyword

Ctrl+K, F

Insert a @focus keyword

Ctrl+K, G

Insert a @tag keyword

Ctrl+K, H

Insert a short description comment

Ctrl+K, L

Insert a @location keyword

Ctrl+K, O

Insert an @object keyword

Ctrl+K, P

Insert a @plot keyword

Ctrl+K, S

Insert a synopsis comment

Ctrl+K, T

Insert a @time keyword

Ctrl+K, V

Insert a @pov keyword

Ctrl+K, X

Insert a @custom keyword

Ctrl+K, Ctrl+Space

Insert a thin non-breaking space

Ctrl+K, Ctrl+_

Insert a horizontal bar (quotation dash)

Ctrl+K, Ctrl+'

Insert a prime

Ctrl+K, Ctrl+"

Insert a double prime

Ctrl+K, Ctrl+*

Insert a flower mark (alternative bullet)

Ctrl+K, Ctrl+

Insert a hyphen bullet (alternative bullet)

Ctrl+K, Ctrl+D

Insert a division sign

Ctrl+K, Ctrl+O

Insert a degree symbol

Ctrl+K, Ctrl+X

Insert a times sign

Ctrl+K, Shift+Space

Insert a thin space

Document Viewer Shortcuts#

Shortcut

Description

Alt+Left

Move backward in the view history

Alt+Right

Move forward in the view history

Ctrl+C

Copy selected text to clipboard

Ctrl+Shift+A

Select all text in the current paragraph

Ctrl+Shift+R

Close the document viewer