Solution to Keyboard Shortcuts not Working in WordPress 4.2 and Above

Soon after upgrading to WordPress 4.2 I noticed that the handy keyboard shortcuts I love to use when creating posts in WordPress were no longer working.

After some digging I discovered that in WordPress 4.2 the keyboard shortcuts were actually changed.

Before on a Mac (not sure about Windows systems) you could use the CMD + Number system for doing things like changing paragraph text to a heading, but now you’ll need to use CTRL + Alt + Number.

Some of my favourite ones:

H1 : CTRL + Alt + 1

Insert Image : CTRL + Alt + m

Insert Link: SHIFT + Alt + a

The full set of available shortcuts can be found on the WordPress Codex while Mike Wallagher has put together this great graphic to explain them all. It will take some getting used to but at least I got my beloved shortcuts back.

About Jean Galea

Jean Galea is a WordPress developer, entrepreneur and padel player. He is the founder of WP Mayor, the plugins WP RSS Aggregator and EDD Bookings, as well as the podcast. His personal blog can be found at

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3 Responses

  1. bhumishah
    bhumishah June 22, 2015 at 13:02 | | Reply

    very useful.Thanks for sharing.

  2. malcolmmorris
    malcolmmorris July 15, 2015 at 12:00 | | Reply

    Windows used to be Ctrl+Number now its the incredibly awkward Alt+Shift+ Number…

    But why did they change the shortcuts? And having chosen to change them why wasn’t the change publicised anywhere obvious?

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