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Join Justin Seeley, lynda.com staff author and design enthusiast, each week for a new 5-minute, self-contained tutorial that you can use to instantly improve your design workflow. This series covers techniques for print, digital, and web design, addressing the tools that creative professionals like you use most. Learn new ways to leverage layer styles and vector shapes in Adobe Photoshop, work more efficiently with text in Illustrator, and embed videos and even tweets in WordPress posts, and much more. Check back each week for a new installment, and a new design hack.
Hey there. Welcome back to another installment of Creative Quick Tips. My name is Justin Seeley and this week we're talking about Wordpress and more specifically keyboard shortcuts in Wordpress. So here I am inside of the Wordpress Visual Editor and the first thing I'm going to do is I'm going to turn on something called the kitchen sink. And that's right here at the far right hand side. When I do that you're going to see all of these new formatting options pop up. It looks similar to something you'd see in say Microsoft Word or your favorite text editing application. Once I have that open. I'm then going to click on this little question mark right here.
Once I click on the question mark. I'm going to navigate over to something called Hot Keys. Here is a list of every single one of the keyboard shortcuts that when you learn them will make your life so much easier. Now, some of them, of course, are regular old keyboard shortcuts you know already like Cut, Copy, Paste for instance. But there's also Select All, Undo, Bold, Underline, adding headings, adding addresses, checking spelling, justifying text, adding lists. All of that stuff can be done with keyboard shortcuts. So you don't have to take the time to stop typing, find the tool you need, that kind of thing.
You can also, in the editor width, in the Distraction Free Writing mode, you can make it wider, change the default width, make it narrower, things like that. All different types of things can be done using these keyboard shortcuts and I use them all the time. Let's take a look at how some of them work. So I'm going to hit Close right now, and let's just come in here and let's say that I want to create a new line here, and then select this. And let's just make this a heading. Cmd+2 makes it Heading two. Lets say that this one right here. We want this to be a heading. So we'll do this. And lets do this Heading three.
So Cmd+3 Or Ctrl+3 on a PC. Lets say that this area here needs to be Italicized. We'll just select this and we'll make it Italicized. And now lets make some underline text right here. So we'll just do Cmd or Ctrl+u to do that. And now I'm just going to type out, Hello there, I'm underlined. And you can do many, many different things with these keyboard shortcuts, but as you can see I'm not having to take the time to come up here and change the formatting each and every time I want to. Now if you want to see that these things actually do work in the post, all you have to do is save the draft.
Which by the way all you have to do is hit Cmd or Ctrl +S every time you want to save a draft. It will save it automatically for you, and then you can preview it. By clicking on the Preview button. And here you can see there's my heading two, there's my heading three, and then there I have my underlined text, and of course my italicized sentence right there as well. So if you take some time to learn these keyboard shortcuts that Wordpress gives you, I think you'll be really impressed at just how much faster you can get at composing, and styling your blog post. It really speeds things up.
It makes it so that you can publish more content, at a more efficient pace.
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