Open Live Writer — Keyboard Shortcuts


Open Live Writer - Keyboard shortcutsWindows Live Writer is dead now for Blogger users and replaced with its Open Source alternative "Open Live Writer (OLW)" which is the perfect blogging toolkit for publishers using Wordpress, Blogger, TypePad and all other popular blogging CMS platforms. As an addicted user of this new blog editor I just figured out some useful keyboard shortcuts that you can use to save time updating your blog using Open Live Writer. I have compiled below the complete list of keyboard shortcuts supported by OLW. Indeed most of these shortcuts are inherited from OLW's parent - Microsoft's Windows Live Writer.

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Following is a categorized list of the most common keyboard shortcuts used in Open Live Writer:

BLOG & POSTING Shortcuts

Shortcut Function
Ctrl + N Creates a new post
Ctrl + G Creates a new page
Ctrl + O Open recently posted
Ctrl + S Save a post
Ctrl + Shift + P Publish a post
Ctrl + Shift + D Post draft to blog
Ctrl + K Insert hyperlink
Ctrl + J Add picture from computer
Ctrl + Shift + C Set categories or Labels
Ctrl + Shift + J Add picture from the web
Shift + F11 Switch to source view
Ctrl + F11 Update blog theme
F11 Switch to edit view
F12 Switch to preview view
F2 See post properties like keywords and post date


TEXT Formatting Shortcuts

Shortcut Function
Ctrl + B Bold
Ctrl + I Italicize
Ctrl + H Strikethrough
Ctrl + U Underline
Ctrl + = Subscript
Ctrl + Shift + = Superscript
Ctrl + Shift + L Bullets
Ctrl + Space Clear formatting
Ctrl + E Center text
Ctrl + L Align text left
Ctrl + R Align text Right
Ctrl + Shift + N New paragraph
Ctrl + Left Alt + 1 Heading 1
Ctrl + Left Alt + 2 Heading 2
Ctrl + Left Alt + 3 Heading 3
Ctrl + Left Alt + 4 Heading 4
Ctrl + Left Alt + 5 Heading 5
Ctrl + Left Alt + 6 Heading 6
Ctrl + Left Shift

Set text direction from left to right
(Only available in RTL mode)

Ctrl + Right Shift

Set text direction from right to left
(Only available in RTL mode)



PHOTO Editing Shortcuts

Shortcut Function
PrntScr + Ctrl + V Takes screenshot from your desktop screen and then press Ctrl + V to paste it in OLW


GENERAL Shortcuts

Shortcut Function
Ctrl + X Cut
Ctrl + C Copy
Ctrl + V Paste
Ctrl + Left Alt + V Ctrl+Left Alt+V
Ctrl + A Select all
Ctrl + F Find
Ctrl + Z Undo
Ctrl + Y Redo
Ctrl + P Print
Ctrl + F1 Show or hide ribbon
F1 Get Help for OLW

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This is so far the complete list of keyboard shortcuts which are supported by Open Live Writer's latest build. I will keep updating the list to add more useful shortcuts. I hope this makes your posting hobby even more worthwhile. Let me know if you needed any help. Peace and blessings buddies! =)

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