Don’t you hate it when you’re halfway into writing a sentence and you spot a typo? Your train of thought derailed, you now have to take your hands off your keyboard to fix it. Maybe it doesn't phase you, but it drives me nuts.
Thankfully, a few years ago, I discovered a handful of keyboard shortcuts that meant I never have to take my hands off the keyboard just to move around the document. These shortcuts modify the way your arrow keys move the cursor.
Once you get these down, I’m certain you’ll be using them all the time.
Commanding your cursor
If you hold down the Command key (Control and Alt keys for PC) while using the arrow keys, you can replicate the Home, End, Page Up and Page Down keys. This is particularly useful if you’re typing on a keyboard without them.
Need to jump to the start of a sentence? Just hold down Command and press the Left Arrow key. Jump to the end? The Command and Right Arrow key.
Want to quickly select an entire line of text? Add the Shift key to the mix.
Command key shortcuts
|Mac / iOS||PC|
|Home||Command + Left Arrow||Control + Alt + Left Arrow|
|End||Command + Right Arrow||Control + Alt + Right Arrow|
|Page Up||Command + Up Arrow||Control + Alt + Up Arrow|
|Page Down||Command + Down Arrow||Control + Alt + Down Arrow|
Note: this functionality can be hit or miss for PC users. If the Control + Alt + Arrow key combination doesn't work, try switching out Alt for Fn. For example, Control + Fn + Arrow.
A finer option
Using the Option key (the Control key in Windows) in conjunction with the arrow keys allows you to move around in smaller increments. While holding down the Option key, the Right and Left Arrow keys will move your cursor around in one word increments, while the Up and Down Arrows will cause it to jump one paragraph at a time.
I use this one all the time to fix typos since I never have to take my hands off the keyboard. It’s also a great way to select or delete whole paragraphs without having to select them manually using the mouse.
Option Key Shortcuts
|Moves Cursor:||Mac / iOS||PC|
|Up A Paragraph||Option + Up Arrow||Control + Up Arrow|
|Down A Paragraph||Option + Down Arrow||Control + Down Arrow|
|One Word To The Left||Option + Left Arrow||Control + Left Arrow|
|One Word To The Right||Option + Right Arrow||Control + Right Arrow|
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