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iBooks Author: Keyboard shortcuts

Keyboard shortcuts

You can use keyboard shortcuts to quickly accomplish many tasks in iBooks Author. To use a keyboard shortcut, press all the keys in the shortcut at the same time. Shortcuts for common commands are listed in the table below.

Action
Shortcut
Move around within a document

Move one character to the left

Left Arrow

Move one character to the right

Right Arrow

Move to the line above

Up Arrow

Move to the line below

Down Arrow

Move to the beginning of the current or previous word

Option–Left Arrow

Move to the end of the current or next word

Option–Right Arrow

Move to the beginning of the current line

Command–Left Arrow

Move to the end of the current line

Command–Right Arrow

Move to the beginning of the current paragraph

Option–Up Arrow

Move to the end of the current paragraph

Option–Down Arrow

Find the selected item in the book

Command-E

Jump to a selection in a book

Command-J

Move to the beginning of the document

Command–Up Arrow

Scroll to the end of the document

End

Move to the end of the document

Command–Down Arrow

Select text

Select one or more characters

Click in front of the first character and drag across the characters you want to select

Select a word

Double-click the word

Select a paragraph

Triple-click in the paragraph

Select all inline objects and text

Command-A

Deselect all inline objects and text

Command-Shift-A

Extend the text selection

Click in the text, then Shift-click in another location in the text

Extend the selection one character to the right

Shift–Right Arrow

Extend the selection one character to the left

Shift–Left Arrow

Extend the selection to the end of the current word

Shift–Option–Right Arrow

Extend the selection to the beginning of the current word

Shift–Option–Left Arrow

Extend the selection to the end of the current line

Command–Shift–Right Arrow

Extend the selection to the beginning of the current line

Command–Shift–Left Arrow

Extend the selection to the line above

Shift–Up Arrow

Extend the selection to the line below

Shift–Down Arrow

Extend the selection to the beginning of the current paragraph

Shift–Option–Up Arrow

Extend the selection to the end of the current paragraph

Shift–Option–Down Arrow

Extend the selection to the beginning of the text

Command–Shift–Up Arrow

Extend the selection to the end of the text

Command–Shift–Down Arrow or Shift-End

Select multiple words or blocks of text that are not next to each other

Select the first text you want, then select additional text while holding down the Command key

Format text

Show the Fonts window

Command-T

Show the Styles drawer

Command-Shift-T

Create a glossary term from the selection

Command-Y

Apply a paragraph, character, or list style

F1 through F8 (if you’ve assigned them in the Styles drawer)

Apply boldface to selected text

Command-B

Apply italic to selected text

Command-I

Apply underline to selected text

Command-U

Delete the previous character or selection

Delete

Delete the next character or selection

Forward Delete (not available on all keyboards)

Make the font size bigger

Command–Shift–Plus Sign (+)

Make the font size smaller

Command–Shift–Minus Sign (–)

Make the text superscript

Command–Shift–Control–Plus Sign (+)

Make the text subscript

Command–Shift–Control–Minus Sign (–)

Align the text flush left

Command–Shift–Left Brace ({)

Center the text

Command–Shift–Vertical Bar (|)

Align the text flush right

Command–Shift–Right Brace (})

Align the text flush left and flush right (justify)

Command–Shift–Option–Vertical Bar (|)

Decrease the list indent level

Command–Left Bracket ([)

Increase the list indent level

Command–Right Bracket (]) or Tab

Edit the hyperlink text without disabling hyperlinks

Use the arrow keys to navigate through the hyperlink text

Cut the selection

Command-X

Copy the selection

Command-C

Copy the paragraph style

Command-Option-C

Copy the character style

Command-Shift-Option-C

Paste the selection

Command-V

Paste the character or paragraph style

Command-Option-V

Paste and match the style of the destination text

Command-Shift-Option-V

Add a range to (or remove it from) the selection

Shift-drag or Command-drag

Insert a nonbreaking space

Option–Space bar

Insert a line break (soft return)

Shift-Return

Insert a paragraph break

Return

Manipulate objects

Draw a floating text box, shape, table, or chart

Option-click Text Box, Shapes, Table, or Charts in the toolbar, then drag to size

Select all floating objects

Select one floating object and press Command-A

Deselect all floating objects

Select one floating object and press Command-Shift-A

Select or deselect additional objects

Command-click or Shift-click

Move the selected object one point

Press an arrow key

Move the selected object ten points

Press Shift and an arrow key

Insert a file as an inline object

Command-drag the file from the Finder or Media Browser

Copy the graphic style

Command-Option-C

Paste the graphic style

Command-Option-V

Send the selected object to the back

Command-Shift-B

Send the selected object one layer back

Command-Shift-Option-B

Bring the selected object to the front

Command-Shift-F

Bring the selected object one layer forward

Command-Shift-Option-F

Group selected objects

Command-Option-G

Ungroup selected objects

Command-Shift-Option-G

Lock selected objects

Command-L

Unlock selected objects

Command-Option-L

Duplicate the object

Command-D or Option-drag

Constrain the movement of the object to 45°

Shift-drag

Resize the object

Drag a selection handle

Resize the object from the center

Option-drag a selection handle

Constrain the aspect ratio when resizing the object

Shift-drag a selection handle

Constrain the aspect ratio when resizing the object from the center

Shift-Option-drag a selection handle

Rotate the object

Command-drag a selection handle

Rotate the object 45°

Command-Shift-drag a selection handle

Rotate the object around the opposite handle (instead of the center)

Command-Option-drag a selection handle

Rotate the object 45° around the opposite handle (instead of the center)

Command-Shift-Option-drag a selection handle

Turn off alignment guides

Command-drag

Mask or unmask the object

Command-Shift-M

Exit masking

Return, Command-Return, Enter, or double-click

Reenter masking

Double-click the masked image

Open the shortcut menu for the selected item

Control-click the item

Exit text editing and select the object

Command-Return

Choose an object to insert

Command-Shift-V

Insert a mathematical equation or expression

Command-Option-E

Define the text as a placeholder

Command-Option-Control-T

Define the object as a media placeholder

Command-Option-Control-I

Work with tables

Add a row above the selected cells

Option–Up Arrow

Add a row below the selected cells

Option–Down Arrow

Add a column to the right of the selected cells

Option–Right Arrow

Add a column to the left of the selected cells

Option–Left Arrow

Select all table borders or cell content, depending on the initial selection

Command-A

Delete the selected table, border, or border segment, or the contents of selected cells

Delete

Constrain the movement of the table and snap to guides

Shift-drag the table

Replace the contents of the selected cell with the contents of the destination cell

Drag the selected cell to another cell

Copy the contents of the selected cell into the destination cell

Option-drag the selected cell to another cell

Extend the selection from the selected cell to the destination cell

Shift-click in the destination cell

Select a cell

Click a cell in a selected table (double-click a cell in an unselected table)

Add a cell to (or remove it from) the selection

Command-click a selected or unselected cell

Begin text editing

Return or Enter (in a selected cell)

Stop editing the cell and select the cell

Command-Return

Stop editing the cell and select the table

Command-Return twice

Select a border

Click the border of a selected table (double-click the border of an unselected table)

Add a border to (or remove it from) the selection

Command-click or Shift-click the border

Select a border segment

Click the border segment (double-click if the table isn’t selected)

Add a border segment to (or remove it from) the selection

Command-click or Shift-click the border segment

Move a border or border segment to a new position

Drag the border or border segment

Move the selected table, border, or border segment one point

Press an arrow key

Move the selected table, border, or border segment ten points

Press Shift and an arrow key

Select the next cell to the left, right, up, or down

Press an arrow key (from a selected cell)

Extend the cell selection by one cell

Press Shift and an arrow key (from a selected cell)

Select the text in the next cell or, if the last cell is selected, add a new row

Tab

Select the text in the previous cell

Shift-Tab

Stop editing the cell and select the table

Command-click the selected cell

Insert a tab

Option-Tab (when editing text)

Insert a line break (soft return) when editing text in a cell

Control-Return

Insert a paragraph break (hard return) when editing text in a cell

Option-Return

Insert a paragraph break (hard return) when editing text in a cell and “Return key moves to next cell” isn’t selected in the Table inspector

Return

Open the table formatting menu for a selected table or cells

Control-click the table

Create a table by dragging

Option-click Table in the toolbar, then drag to size

Open the Formula Editor for the selected nonformula cell

Equal Sign (=)

Open the Formula Editor for the cell containing the formula or formatted number

Equal Sign (=), Return, Enter, or double-click

In the Formula Editor, save changes

Return or Enter

In the Formula Editor, discard changes

Esc (Escape)

Create cell references in formulas

Navigate to and select a single cell

Press Option and an arrow key

Extend or shrink a selected cell reference

Press Shift-Option and an arrow key

Navigate to the first or last nonheader cell in a row or column

Press Command-Option and an arrow key

Insert a line break

Option-Return

Insert a tab

Option-Tab

Refer to another table below or above the current table

Press Command–Option–Page Down or Page Up, then press Option and an arrow key (or press Shift-Option and an arrow key to select cells)

Specify absolute and relative attributes of selected cell references

Press Command-K or Command-Shift-K to move forward or backward through options

Specify absolute and relative attributes of the first and last cells of selected cell references

Press Command-Option-K or Command-Shift-Option-K to move forward or backward through options

Edit chart data

Show or hide the Chart Data Editor

Command-Shift-D

Complete a cell entry and move the selection down

Return

Complete a cell entry and move the selection up

Shift-Return

Complete a cell entry and move the selection to the right

Tab

Complete a cell entry and move the selection to the left

Shift-Tab

Move one character left, right, to the beginning of text (up), or to the end of text (down)

Press an arrow key (when editing text)

Complete a cell entry and select the cell

Enter

Move one cell in a given direction

Press an arrow key (from a selected cell)

Move to the last nonblank cell at the end of the row

End

Extend the selection by one cell

Press Shift and an arrow key

Extend the selection to the end of the row

Shift-End

Work with editable shapes

Make a custom shape editable

Click the shape, then click again

Draw a custom shape with the Pen tool

Command-Shift-Option-P

Move a point of an editable shape

Drag the point to another location

Delete a point of an editable shape

Click the point and press Delete

Add a point to an editable shape

Option-click the shape border where you want to add a point

Change a corner point of an editable shape into a curve point

Double-click the corner point

Change a curve point of an editable shape into a corner point

Double-click the curve point

Reshape the curve of an editable shape

Click a point on the curve and drag the control handles

General

Open a new book

Command-N

Open a new book from the Template Chooser

Command-Shift-N

Open an existing book

Command-O

Preview a selection of a book or the entire book (depending on the setting in General preferences)

Command-Option-P

Publish a book

Command-Shift-P

Save a book

Command-S

Print a book

Command-P

Open iBooks Author Help

Command–Shift–Question Mark (?)

Find

Command-F

Find next

Command-G

Find previous

Command-Shift-G

Check spelling

Command-Semicolon (;)

Show the Spelling window

Command-Shift-Colon (:)

Close a window

Command-W

Minimize a window

Command-M

Enter full-screen view

Command-Control-F

Zoom in

Command–Right Angle Bracket (>)

Zoom out

Command–Left Angle Bracket (<)

Show the Preferences window

Command-Comma (,)

Show the Inspector window

Command-Option-I

Show the document rulers

Command-R

Show or hide layout boundaries

Command-Shift-L

Change the book orientation (landscape or portrait)

Command-Option-R

Show formatting characters (invisibles)

Command-Shift-I

Show the Colors window

Command-Shift-C

Hide or show the toolbar

Command-Option-T

Hide or show the format bar

Command-Shift-R

Hide or show the glossary toolbar

Command-Shift-E

Hide iBooks Author

Command-H

Hide other windows

Command-Option-H

Undo the last action

Command-Z

Redo the last action

Command-Shift-Z

Quit iBooks Author

Command-Q

Last Modified: Oct 23, 2013
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