Mac Productivity

The Ulysses Keyboard Shortcuts Cheat Sheet for Mac

Akshata Shanbhag 16-11-2019

Ulysses is without doubt one of the best distraction-free Markdown editors for your Mac. You can use it to manage all kinds of writing projects in a streamlined manner.


As you’d expect from a powerful, versatile app like Ulysses, there are plenty of keyboard shortcuts to speed up navigation and other app-related actions. And while you can discover the shortcuts as you go about using the app, it’s much easier to have them ready to go in a single location.

That’s why we’ve come up with this cheat sheet, which you can save to your desktop for quick access. It contains all the keyboard shortcuts you need to manage various views, panels, and modes in Ulysses and switch between them effortlessly. You’ll also find several shortcuts for text editing.

With all these shortcuts at your fingertips, you probably won’t need to take your hands off the keyboard at all when you write in Ulysses!

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The Ulysses Keyboard Shortcuts Cheat Sheet for Mac

Sheets, Groups, and Views
Cmd + NCreate new sheet
Shift + Cmd + NCreate new group
Control + Cmd + NCreate new filter
Option + Cmd + NOpen new window
Cmd + TOpen new tab
Cmd + OShow Quick Open panel to open from Library
Shift + Cmd + OShow Quick Open panel to open from current group
Option + Cmd + OShow Quick Open panel to open from current selection
¹Cmd + Return (Enter)Reveal selected sheet in group
Control + TabSwitch to next tab
Shift + Control + TabSwitch to previous tab
Cmd + DAdd sheet to Favorites OR
Remove sheet from Favorites
Cmd + SSave current version of sheet and create new version
Cmd + JGlue selected sheets
Shift + Cmd + BSplit sheet at selection
²Shift + Cmd + POpen Export preview for selected sheet/group
³Cmd + RRefresh preview window
Space OR
Right Arrow
Jump to next page in preview
Shift + Space OR
Left Arrow
Jump to previous page in preview
Down ArrowScroll down in preview
Up ArrowScroll up in preview
Cmd + PPrint current sheet
Cmd + DeleteMove sheet to Trash
⁴Option + Cmd + DeleteErase sheet
Cmd + WClose current tab
Shift + Cmd + WClose current window
⁵Shift + Cmd + KOpen panel to attach keyword(s) to selected sheet
Cmd + , (Comma)Open Ulysses Preferences
⁶Cmd + 1Switch focus to Library OR
Toggle Library view
⁶Cmd + 2Switch focus to Sheets OR
Toggle Sheet List view
⁶Cmd + 3Switch focus to Editor OR
Switch to Editor Only view
Cmd + 4Toggle Attachments view
⁷Cmd + 5Switch to Favorites group
Cmd + 6Show Quick Export panel
Cmd + 7Show Statistics panel
Cmd + 8Show Navigation panel
Cmd + 9Show Markup panel
Cmd + FShow Find panel
Option + Cmd + FShow Find and Replace panel
⁸Cmd + ESearch for selection
Cmd + GFind next match in search results
Shift + Cmd + GFind previous match in search results
⁹Shift + Cmd + FShow Sheet List search box
¹⁰EscHide Find panel OR
Hide Find and Replace panel OR
Hide Sheet List search panel
Control + Cmd + SpaceOpen Emoji & Symbols panel or Character Viewer
Option + Cmd + XToggle Dark Theme
Option + Cmd + LToggle Dark Mode
Option + Cmd + TToggle Typewriter Mode
Control + Cmd + FToggle Full Screen Mode
Cmd + MMinimize Window
Control + Cmd + ZZoom Window
Option + Cmd + 3¹¹Toggle second editor in Split View
Option + ScrollScroll simultaneously in both editors in Split View
Cmd + Left ArrowSwitch focus from Sheet List to Library
Cmd + Right ArrowSwitch focus from Library to Sheet List OR
Switch focus from Sheet List to Editor
Right ArrowOpen selected group in Library
Option + Cmd + Up ArrowSelect previous sheet
Option + Cmd + Down ArrowSelect next sheet
Option + Cmd + Right ArrowMove through panes from left to right
Option + Cmd + Left ArrowMove through panes from right to left
Cmd + DragForce copy sheet/group
Option + DragForce move sheet/group
Text Editing
Cmd + \ (Back Slash)Increase heading level
Shift + Cmd + \ (Back Slash)Decrease heading level
Cmd + Left ArrowJump to start of line
Cmd + Right ArrowJump to end of line
Cmd + Up ArrowJump to start of sheet
Cmd + Down ArrowJump to end of sheet
Option + Left ArrowJump to previous word
Option + Right ArrowJump to next word
Option + Up ArrowJump to start of paragraph
Option + Down ArrowJump to end of paragraph
Control + Cmd + Up ArrowMove current/selected line up
Control + Cmd + Down ArrowMove current/selected line down
Option + DeleteDelete current word
Cmd + DeleteDelete current line
Cmd + BEmphasize following/selected text
Cmd + IItalicize following/selected text
Cmd + KCreate link
Cmd + LRemove markup for current line or for selected text
TabIncrease indentation
Shift + TabDecrease indentation
\ (Back Slash) [text]Don’t apply markup to following text
Cmd + ZUndo typing
Shift + Cmd + ZRedo typing
Cmd + XCut selected text
Cmd + CCopy selected text
Cmd + VPaste selected text
Cmd + ASelect all text in Editor
Option + Cmd + CCopy selected text as Markdown
Option + Cmd + VPaste from Markdown
Option + Shift + Cmd + VPaste as Plain Text
(img)Open panel to insert image
(fn)Open panel to insert footnote
Cmd + + (Plus)Increase zoom
Cmd + - (Minus)Decrease zoom
Cmd + 0Revert to default zoom
Cmd + ; (Semicolon)Spellcheck document
Shift + Cmd + ; (Semicolon)Show Spelling and Grammar panel

¹Use in Quick Open panel.

²Preview window shows PDF by default. Select relevant export format from dropdown menu in title bar for corresponding preview.

³Shortcut is available only when preview window is open.

⁴Shortcut deletes sheet immediately without sending it to Trash.

⁵If focus is in Sheet List, popover panel appears and if focus is in Editor, sidebar panel appears.

⁶Shortcut cycles through available actions when used multiple times.

⁷Favorites group appears in Library only when there are one or more favorited sheets.

⁸Use shortcut after opening Find panel or Find and Replace panel.

⁹Search looks for keywords in Sheet List and Editor.

¹⁰Shortcut works only when panel is in focus.

¹¹Refers to Split View in Ulysses and not system-wide Split View option on macOS. However, shortcut works with both options.

Shortcuts for Ulysses on iPad and iPhone

Ulysses is a pleasure to use, and more so once you transition to a smoother workflow using our shortcuts cheat sheet.

You can even use some of these shortcuts in the Ulysses app on iPhone and iPad. To discover the best of them, hold down the Cmd key on the keyboard connected to your mobile device.

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  1. JB
    November 17, 2019 at 12:16 am

    I wanted to download this until I saw how much private info I had to provide.