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Keyboard Shortcuts

iA Writer provides a wide range of keyboard shortcuts to help you keep your hands on the keyboard and stay focused.

The majority of the available shortcuts are visible in the main menu.

iA Writer for macOS follows the standard macOS system shortcuts and we may update shortcuts from time to time to ensure alignment with Apple’s conventions.
If you are used to Windows shortcuts or shortcuts from apps following Microsoft conventions (MS Word, IntelliJ, VS Code, Outlook…) this article will be useful to help you become faster at using Writer.


File creation and management options.

N New in Library in current window
N New
N New in Library
S Save active file
S Duplicate active file
S Save active file as

Global Library search for documents, wikilinks and tags. Allows you to quickly navigate to a document by searching for specific terms.

O Quick Search
Open file in current window
Open file in new window

Shortcuts to quickly navigate between Locations, linked and previously opened documents, and more.

Library Navigation

I Show iCloud in Library
1–9 Open a Favorite file or show a Favorite folder in Library
1–9 Show Smart Folder in Library


Open a link in Editor
-click Open a link in Editor
click Open a link in Preview

When you open a link

Wikilinks Open a document or create a new one, ready to type
Text content blocks Open a document or create a new one, ready to type
Hashtags Shown in Quick Search
Links Open in default browser
Emails New draft in default mail client
URL commands Run if allowed

Document History

Go to previous document
Go to next document


N Dark or light appearance
S Show or hide Library
R Show or hide Preview
F Enter or exit full screen
W Close active window
W Close all windows


Document structure, text formatting, caret manipulation, Focus modes, and more.


1–6 Heading 1–6
L Task list
L Ordered list
L Ordered task list
X Mark task as completed
Move selected line up
Move selected line down


B Bold
I Italic
U Strikethrough
U Highlight
K Link
K Image link
K Wikilink
K Footnote
J Code
J Code block


D Enable or disable Focus Mode
D Enable or disable Syntax Highlight
D Enable or disable Style Checking

Copy and paste

C Copy selected text
C Copy formatted selected text
C Copy selected text as HTML
C Copy selected text as Markdown (includes Content Blocks)
V Paste


F Find
F Find and replace
E Use selection for find
G Find next
G Find previous

Move caret to

Previous character
Next character
Previous line
Next line
Start of line
End of line
Start of document
End of document
One word left
One word right
Start of this or previous line
End of this or next line
Start of this or previous sentence
End of this or next sentence

Text Size

+ Make text larger
- Make text smaller
0 Default text size


Export and printing options.

E Export
P Print
P Print plain text
P Page setup for printing and PDF export

Custom Keyboard Shortcuts

macOS allows you to map menu items to non-reserved keyboard shortcuts.

For example, say you frequently use the Show in Library option found in the File menu. Mapping this to a keyboard shortcut would save you from having to move from the keyboard to the mouse/trackpad to select the option.

Let’s map Show in Libary to S

  1.  → Settings/System Preferences → Keyboard → Shortcuts → App Shortcuts
  2. Select the + button and select iA Writer from the list of apps
  3. In Menu Title: box enter the menu item exactly as it appears in iA Writer’s menu
  4. Click Add

When successful you’ll see the shortcut added next to the menu item in iA Writer and you’ll be able to trigger the action with your shortcut.

Note that some key combinations will not work due to be mapped to system functions or other restrictions. If this happens, please retrace the steps above to re-map the shortcut to a new sequence.