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Increase your productivity with keyboard shortcuts in Ulysses

If you like to write in Editor-only full screen view in Ulysses you can have a very minimalist distraction-free writing environment. The trouble is you can have your flow regularly disrupted by having to reach for the mouse and hunt for things in menus. Thankfully, you can minimize that disruption by learning the many keyboard shortcuts available. Not every function has a shortcut but most of the ones you are likely to use regularly do. Below is a complete list for you. (Ulysses have a nice PDF of these shortcuts on their web site but it isn’t quite as up-to-date or extensive as this list. They also have a PDF of the iPad shortcuts which is slightly different to the Mac OS version.)

You will find that learning these keyboard shortcuts can greatly enhance your rhythm when you are in the writing zone. It is well worth the initial effort.

Font size

This only refers to the screen font and has no effect on the output of your document.

⌘ + and ⌘ – zooms in or out, while ⌘ 0 resets to default size.

Markup

⌘ B for strong

⌘ I for emphasis

⌘ K for a link

⌘ L clear Markup

⌘ \ Increase Heading level

Images and Footnotes

(img) for images

(fn) for footnotes

Menu Items

⌘ 1 Show/hide Library

⌘ 2 Show/hide sheets

⌘ 3 Editor only

⌘ 4 Show/hide attachments

⌘ 5 Favorites

⌘ 6 Quick export

⌘ 7 Statistics

⌘ 8 Navigation

⌘ 9 Markup

⌘ M Minimize window

^⌘ Z Zoom window

⌥ ⌘ 3 Second Editor

⌥ ⌘ T Enable Typewriter mode

⌥ ⌘ L Light mode

⌥ ⌘ D Dark theme

^ ⌘ F Enter Full Screen

⌘ Z Undo typing

⌥ ⌘ Z Redo typing

⌘ X Cut

⌘ C Copy

⌘ V Paste

⌘ A Select All

⌥ ⌘ C Copy as Markdown

⌥ ⌘ V Paste from Markdown

⌥ ⇧ ⌘ V Paste as Plain text

^ ⌘ ↑ Move line up

^ ⌘ ↓ Move line down

⇧ ⌘ B Split at selection

⇧ ⌘ K Attach Keywords

⌘ F Find

⌘ G Find next

⇧ ⌘ G Find previous

⌥ ⌘ F Find and replace

⌘ E Use selection for Find

⇧ ⌘ F Search in Group…

⌘ : Show Spelling and Grammar

⌘ ; Check Document Now

^ ⌘ Space Emoji & Symbols

fn fn Start Dictation

⌘ N New Sheet

⇧ ⌘ N New Group…

^ ⌘ N New Filter…

⌥ ⌘ N New Window

⌘ T New Tab

⌘ O Open from Library…

⇧ ⌘ O Open from Cloud…

⌥ ⌘ O Open from Blogs…

⌥ ⌘ ↑ Select Previous Sheet

⌥ ⌘ ↓ Select Next Sheet

⌘ ↩︎ Reveal in Group

⌘ D Add to Favorites

⌘ S Save Version

⌘ 🔙 Move to Trash

⌘ J Glue Sheets

⇧ ⌘ P Preview…

⌘ R Refresh Preview

⌘ W Close Window

⌘ P Print

⌘ , Preferences

⌘ H Hide Ulysses

⌥ ⌘ H Hide Others

⌘ Q Quit Ulysses