Shortcut Keys for LibreOffice Writer

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You can use shortcut keys to quickly perform common tasks in LibreOffice. This section lists the default shortcut keys for LibreOffice Writer.

Note.png Some of the shortcut keys may be assigned to your desktop system. Keys that are assigned to the desktop system are not available to LibreOffice. Try to assign different keys either for LibreOffice, in Tools - Customize - Keyboard, or in your desktop system.

You can also use the general shortcut keys in LibreOffice.

Function Keys for LibreOffice Writer

Shortcut keys Effect
F2 Formula Bar
Ctrl+F2 Insert Fields
F3 Complete AutoText
Ctrl+F3 Edit AutoText
F4 Open Data Source View
Shift+F4 Select next frame
F5 Navigator on/off
Ctrl+Shift+F5 Navigator on, go to page number
F7 Spellcheck
Ctrl+F7 Thesaurus
F8 Extension mode
Ctrl+F8 Field shadings on / off
Shift+F8 Additional selection mode
Ctrl+Shift+F8 Block selection mode
F9 Update fields
Ctrl+F9 Show fields
Shift+F9 Calculate Table
Ctrl+Shift+F9 Update Input Fields and Input Lists
Ctrl+F10 Nonprinting Characters on/off
F11 Styles and Formatting window on/off
Shift+F11 Create Style
Ctrl+F11 Sets focus to Apply Style box
Ctrl+Shift+F11 Update Style
F12 Numbering on
Ctrl+F12 Insert or edit Table
Shift+F12 Bullets on
Ctrl+Shift+F12 Numbering / Bullets off

Shortcut Keys for LibreOffice Writer

Shortcut keys Effect
Ctrl+A Select All
Ctrl+J Justify
Ctrl+D Double Underline
Ctrl+E Centered
Ctrl+H Find and Replace
Ctrl+Shift+P Superscript
Ctrl+L Align Left
Ctrl+R Align Right
Ctrl+Shift+B Subscript
Ctrl+Y Redo last action
Ctrl+0 (zero) Apply Text Body paragraph style
Ctrl+1 Apply Heading 1 paragraph style
Ctrl+2 Apply Heading 2 paragraph style
Ctrl+3 Apply Heading 3 paragraph style
Ctrl+4 Apply Heading 4 paragraph style
Ctrl+5 Apply Heading 5 paragraph style
Ctrl + Plus Key(+) Calculates the selected text and copies the result to the clipboard.
Ctrl+Hyphen(-) Soft hyphens; hyphenation set by you.
Ctrl+Shift+minus sign (-) Non-breaking hyphen (is not used for hyphenation)
Ctrl+multiplication sign * (only on number pad) Run macro field
Ctrl+Shift+Space Non-breaking spaces. Non-breaking spaces are not used for hyphenation and are not expanded if the text is justified.
Shift+Enter Line break without paragraph change
Ctrl+Enter Manual page break
Ctrl+Shift+Enter Column break in multicolumnar texts
Alt+Enter Inserting a new paragraph without numbering inside a list. Does not work when the cursor is at the end of the list.
Alt+Enter Inserting a new paragraph directly before or after a section, or before a table.
Arrow Left Move cursor to left
Shift+Arrow Left Move cursor with selection to the left
Ctrl+Arrow Left Go to beginning of word
Ctrl+Shift+Arrow Left Selecting to the left word by word
Arrow Right Move cursor to right
Shift+Arrow Right Move cursor with selection to the right
Ctrl+Arrow Right Go to start of next word
Ctrl+Shift+Arrow Right Selecting to the right word by word
Arrow Up Move cursor up one line
Shift+Arrow Up Selecting lines in an upwards direction
Ctrl+Arrow Up Move cursor to beginning of the previous paragraph
Ctrl+Shift+Arrow Up Select to beginning of paragraph. Next keystroke extends selection to beginning of previous paragraph
Arrow Down Move cursor down one line
Shift+Arrow Down Selecting lines in a downward direction
Ctrl+Arrow Down Move cursor to beginning of next paragraph.
Ctrl+Shift+Arrow Down Select to end of paragraph. Next keystroke extends selection to end of next paragraph
Home Go to beginning of line
Home+Shift Go and select to the beginning of a line
End Go to end of line
End+Shift Go and select to end of line
Ctrl+Home Go to start of document
Ctrl+Home+Shift Go and select text to start of document
Ctrl+End Go to end of document
Ctrl+End+Shift Go and select text to end of document
Ctrl+PageUp Switch cursor between text and header
Ctrl+PageDown Switch cursor between text and footer
Insert Insert mode on/off
PageUp Screen page up
Shift+PageUp Move up screen page with selection
PageDown Move down screen page
Shift+PageDown Move down screen page with selection
Ctrl+Del Delete text to end of word
Ctrl+Backspace Delete text to beginning of word

In a list: delete an empty paragraph in front of the current paragraph

Ctrl+Del+Shift Delete text to end of sentence
Ctrl+Shift+Backspace Delete text to beginning of sentence
Ctrl+Tab Next suggestion with Automatic Word Completion
Ctrl+Shift+Tab Use previous suggestion with Automatic Word Completion
Ctrl+Alt+Shift+V Paste the contents of the clipboard as unformatted text.
Ctrl + double-click or Ctrl + Shift + F10 Use this combination to quickly dock or undock the Navigator, Styles and Formatting window, or other windows

Shortcut Keys for Paragraphs and Heading Levels

Shortcut keys Effect
Ctrl+Alt+Up Arrow Move the active paragraph or selected paragraphs up one paragraph.
Ctrl+Alt+Down Arrow Move the active paragraph or selected paragraphs down one paragraph.
Tab The heading in format "Heading X" (X = 1-9) is moved down one level in the outline.
Shift+Tab The heading in format "Heading X" (X = 2-10) is moved up one level in the outline.
Ctrl+Tab

At the start of a heading: Inserts a tab stop. Depending on the Window Manager in use, Alt+Tab may be used instead.

To change the heading level with the keyboard, first position the cursor in front of the heading.

Shortcut Keys for Tables in LibreOffice Writer

Ctrl+Shift+T

Shortcut Keys Effect
Ctrl+A If the active cell is empty: selects the whole table. Otherwise: selects the contents of the active cell. Pressing again selects the entire table.
Ctrl+Home If the active cell is empty: goes to the beginning of the table. Otherwise: first press goes to beginning of the active cell, second press goes to beginning of the current table, third press goes to beginning of document.
Ctrl+End If the active cell is empty: goes to the end of the table. Otherwise: first press goes to the end of the active cell, second press goes to the end of the current table, third press goes to the end of the document.
Ctrl+Tab Inserts a tab stop (only in tables). Depending on the Window Manager in use, Alt+Tab may be used instead.
Alt+Arrow Keys Increases/decreases the size of the column/row on the right/bottom cell edge
Alt+Shift+Arrow Keys Increase/decrease the size of the column/row on the left/top cell edge
Alt+Ctrl+Arrow Keys Like Alt, but only the active cell is modified
Ctrl+Alt+Shift+Arrow Keys Like Alt, but only the active cell is modified
Alt+Insert 3 seconds in Insert mode, Arrow Key inserts row/column, Ctrl+Arrow Key inserts cell
Alt+Del 3 seconds in Delete mode, Arrow key deletes row/column, Ctrl+Arrow key merges cell with neighboring cell
Removes cell protection from all selected tables. If no table is selected, then cell protection is removed from all of the tables in the document.
Shift+Ctrl+Del If no whole cell is selected, the text from the cursor to the end of the current sentence is deleted. If the cursor is at the end of a cell, and no whole cell is selected, the contents of the next cell are deleted.

If no whole cell is selected and the cursor is at the end of the table, the paragraph following the table will be deleted, unless it is the last paragraph in the document.

If one or more cells are selected, the whole rows containing the selection will be deleted. If all rows are selected completely or partially, the entire table will be deleted.

Shortcut Keys for Moving and Resizing Frames, Graphics and Objects

Shortcut Keys Effect
Esc Cursor is inside a text frame and no text is selected: Escape selects the text frame.

Text frame is selected: Escape clears the cursor from the text frame.

F2 or Enter or any key that produces a character on screen If a text frame is selected: positions the cursor to the end of the text in the text frame. If you press any key that produces a character on screen, and the document is in edit mode, the character is appended to the text.
Alt+Arrow Keys Move object.
Alt+Ctrl+Arrow Keys Resizes by moving lower right corner.
Alt+Ctrl+Shift+Arrow Keys Resizes by moving top left corner.
Ctrl+Tab Selects the anchor of an object (in Edit Points mode).

Related Topics

Navigating and Selecting With the Keyboard

Using Shortcut Keys (LibreOffice Writer Accessibility)

Shortcuts (LibreOffice Accessibility)