Mac Productivity

The Scrivener Keyboard Shortcuts Cheat Sheet for Mac

Akshata Shanbhag 18-01-2020

Scrivener is one of the best environments for long-form writing. You can rely on its solid organizational features to manage research papers, novels,  manuals, plays, scripts, and more. Whether you want to dig into a specific snippet of writing or get a bird’s-eye view of everything you’ve written, Scrivener has the right set of tools to make your job easier.

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If you use Scrivener on your MacBook or plan to do so, we suggest adding keyboard shortcuts to your workflow. Given that Scrivener is quite complex, learning how to navigate it with shortcuts alone can transform how you use the app.

There’s a long list of Scrivener keyboard shortcuts to pick from and you can discover the best of them in our cheat sheet below. The cheat sheet contents are applicable to Scrivener 3, the latest version of the app.

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The Scrivener Keyboard Shortcuts Cheat Sheet for Mac

ShortcutAction
General Shortcuts
Command + ,Preferences
Command + HHide Scrivener
Option + Command + HHide Others
Command + QQuit Scrivener
File
Shift + Command + NNew Project
Command + OOpen…
Shift + Command + WClose Project
Option + Shift + Command + WClose Project and Clear Interface Settings
Command + WClose Window
Command + SSave
Option + Command + SSave and Rebuild Search Indexes
Shift + Command + SSave As…
Shift + Command + IImport > Files…
Option + Command + WImport > Web Page…
Shift + Command + EExport > Files…
Shift + Command + PPage Setup…
Command + PPrint Current Document…
Option + Command + ECompile Draft…
Edit
Command + ZUndo
Shift + Command + ZRedo
Command + XCut
Command + CCopy
Option + Shift + Command + CCopy Special > Copy without Comments and Footnotes
Command + VPaste
Option + Shift + Command + VPaste and Match Style
Command + ASelect All
Option + Command + ASelect Current Text
Option + EscComplete
Control + EscComplete Document Title
Option + Command + ReturnInsert > Line Break
Shift + Command + BInsert > Bookmark Annotation
Option + Shift + Command + DInsert > Current Date & Time
Command + LScrivener Link > New Link…
Command + FFind > Find…
Command + GFind > Find Next
Shift + Command + GFind > Find Previous
Command + EFind > Use Selection for Find
Command + JFind > Jump to Selection
Control + Option + FFind > Project Search
Control + Option + Command + FFind > Find by Formatting…
Option + Shift + Command + GFind > Find Next Formatting
Control + Option + Command + GFind > Find Previous Formatting
Command +Spelling and Grammar > Show Spelling and Grammar
Command + ;Spelling and Grammar > Check Document Now
Command + \Spelling and Grammar > Check Spelling While Typing
Option + Command + TSpecial Characters
View
Command + 1Document/Scrivenings
Command + 2Corkboard
Command + 3Outline
Shift + Command + >Zoom > Zoom In
Shift + Command + Zoom > Zoom Out
Option + Command + ↑Go To > Previous Document
Option + Command + ↓Go To > Next Document
Control + Command + RGo To > Enclosing Group
Command + 4Go To > Editor Selection
Option + Command + BLayout > Show/Hide Binder
Option + Command + ILayout > Show/Hide Inspector
Option + Command + =Layout > Split Horizontally
Command + ”Layout > Split Vertically
Shift + Command + )Layout > Show Layouts
Option + Command + LEditor > Lock in Place
Command + ]Editor > Forward in Document History
Command + [Editor > Backward in Document History
Option + Command + [Editor > Other Editor > Backward in History
Control + Option + Command + ↑Editor > Other Editor > Scroll Up
Control + Option + Command + ↓Editor > Other Editor > Scroll Down
Command + ReturnMedia > Play Media File
Option + Command + }Media > Fast Forward
Option + Command + {Media > Rewind
Option + Shift + Command + PPage View > Show/Hide Page View
Control + Command + PCorkboard > Show Pins
Control + Command + SCorkboard > Show Stamps
Control + Command + KCorkboard > Show Keyword Colors
Control + ⇥Move Focus To > (Next Pane)
Control + Option + Command + BMove Focus To > Binder
Control + Option + Command + EMove Focus To > (Left/Bottom) Editor
Control + Option + Command + RMove Focus To > Right/Top/Supporting Editor
Control + Option + Command + IInspect > Synopsis
Control + Option + Command + HInspect > Notes
Control + Option + Command + NInspect > References
Control + Option + Command + JInspect > Keywords
Control + Option + Command + MInspect > Custom Meta-Data
Control + Option + Command + MInspect > Snapshots
Control + Option + Command + KInspect > Comments and Footnotes
Command + 9Outline > Expand All
Command + 0Outline > Collapse All
Control + Option + ↑Outline > Previous Container
Control + Option + ↓Outline > Next Container
Option + Command + RReveal in Binder
Control + Command + FEnter/Exit Full Screen
Option + Command + FEnter/Exit Composition Mode
Project
Command + NNew Text
Option + Command + NNew Folder
Option + Shift + Command + NNew From Template > (First Template Document)
Shift + Command + TShow/Hide Project Targets
Control + Option + Command + SText Statistics
Option + Shift + Command + SProject Statistics
Option + Command + PProject Notes
Option + Shift + Command + HShow/Hide Project Keywords
Option + Command + ,Meta-Data Settings…
Documents
Option + Command + OOpen > in (Left/Bottom) Editor
Shift + Command + OOpen > in Right/Top/Other Editor
Option + Shift + Command + OOpen > With All Subdocuments > On Editor Corkboard
Control + Command + OOpen > in External Editor
Command + 5Snapshots > Take Snapshot
Shift + Command + %Snapshots > Take Snapshot With Title
Control + Command + ]Snapshots > Show Changes > Next Change
Control + Command + [Snapshots > Show Changes > Previous Change
Command + DDuplicate > with Subdocuments and Unique Title
Shift + Command + DDuplicate > without Subdocuments
Option + Shift + Command + TSet Selection as Title
Command + DeleteMove to Trash
Command + KSplit > at Selection
Option + Command + KSplit > with Selection as Title
Shift + Command + MMerge
Option + Command + GGroup
Option + Command + UUngroup
Control + Command + ←Move > Left
Control + Command + →Move > Right
Control + Command + ↑Move > Up
Control + Command + ↓Move > Down
Format
Command + TFont > Show Fonts
Command + BFont > Bold
Command + IFont > Italic
Command + UFont > Underline > Single
Shift + Command + _Font > Strikethrough
Command + +Font > Bigger
Command + -Font > Smaller
Shift + Command + CFont > Show Colors
Option + Command + CFont > Copy Font
Option + Command + VFont > Paste Font
Command + {Text > Align Left
Command + |Text > Center
Option + Command + |Text > Justify
Command + }Text > Align Right
Control + Command + CText > Copy Ruler
Control + Command + VText > Paste Ruler
Option + Command + →Lists > Next List Style
Option + Command + ←Lists > Previous List Style
Control + Option + Command + CFormatting > Copy Formatting
Control + Option + Command + PFormatting > Paste Formatting
Command + 8Scriptwriting > Script Mode
Shift + Command + YScriptwriting > Show Script Elements Menu
Command + RShow/Hide Ruler
Shift + Command + RShow/Hide Format Bar
Shift + Command + HHighlight > Highlight
Shift + Command + *Comment
Control + Command + 8Footnote
Shift + Command + AInline Annotation
Shift + Command + FInline Footnote
Control + Command + TOptions > Typewriter Scrolling
Command + YBibliography/Citations…
Window
Command + MMinimize
Option + Command + MMinimize All
Control + Command + -Zoom
Control + Option + Command + -Zoom All
Control + Command + =Zoom to Fit Screen
Shift + Command + )Layouts > Manage Layouts
Control + Command + QFloat QuickReference Panels
Miscellaneous
Shift + Command + ?Help
Shift + Command + ReturnOpen/Close Scratch Pad
Inspector
Command + 6Document/Project Notes
Command + 6Document/Project References

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