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Keyboard Shortcuts

The core idea of iA Writer is to write without taking your hands off the keys. Knowing keyboard shortcuts will greatly improve your performance with our app.
These can be roughly divided into three categories:

Caret Positioning

Key Combo Function
Previous character
Next character
Previous line
Next line
Alt+ Move line up
Alt+ Move line down
Ctrl+ Go to previous word
Ctrl+ Go to next word
Ctrl+ Go to previous paragraph
Ctrl+ Go to next paragraph

Text Manipulation

Key Combo Function
Ctrl+C Copy
Ctrl+Shift+C Copy HTML
Ctrl+X Cut
Ctrl+V Paste
Ctrl+A Select all
Ctrl+Z Undo
Ctrl+B Bold
Ctrl+I Italic
Ctrl+K Insert link
Ctrl+[1-6] H1 through H6
Tab Insert tab
Shift+Enter Add two spaces and a newline (<br>)
Ctrl+Backspace Delete word to the left of cursor

User Interface Control

Key Combo Function
Ctrl+N New file
Ctrl+O Open
Ctrl+S* Save file
F12 Save under
Ctrl+F Search
Ctrl+H Replace
Ctrl+P Print
Ctrl+Shift+D Focus Mode sentence
Alt+Shift+N Night mode
Ctrl+R Preview
Ctrl+E Library

*Your document edits are automatically saved frequently