Shortcut Keys for LibreOffice Writer

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

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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

Insert Fields

F3

Complete AutoText

Edit AutoText

Shift+F4

Select next frame

Ctrl+Shift+F4

Open Data Source View

F5

Navigator on/off

Shift+F5

Moves the cursor to the position that it had when the document was last saved before it was last closed.

Navigator on, go to page number

F7

Spelling

Thesaurus

F8

Extension mode

Field shadings on / off

Shift+F8

Additional selection mode

Ctrl+Shift+F8

Block selection mode

F9

Update fields

Show fields

Shift+F9

Calculate Table

Update Input Fields and Input Lists

Nonprinting Characters on/off

Styles window on/off

Shift+F11

Create Style

Sets focus to Apply Style box

Update Style

F12

Numbering on

Insert or edit Table

Shift+F12

Bullets on

Numbering / Bullets off


Shortcut Keys for LibreOffice Writer

Shortcut keys

Effect

Select All

Justify

Double Underline

Centred

Find and Replace

Superscript

Align Left

Align Right

Subscript

Redo last action

Apply Text Body paragraph style

Apply Heading 1 paragraph style

Apply Heading 2 paragraph style

Apply Heading 3 paragraph style

Apply Heading 1 paragraph style

Apply Heading 1 paragraph style

Calculates the selected text and copies the result to the clipboard.

Soft hyphens; hyphenation set by you.

Non-breaking hyphen (is not used for hyphenation)

Run macro field

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

Manual page break

Column break in multicolumnar texts

Inserting a new paragraph without numbering inside a list. Does not work when the cursor is at the end of the list.

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

Go to beginning of word

Selecting to the left word by word

Arrow Right

Move cursor to right

Shift+Arrow Right

Move cursor with selection to the right

Go to start of next word

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

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

Move cursor to beginning of the previous paragraph

Select to end of paragraph. Next keystroke extends selection to end of next paragraph

Go to beginning of line

Go and select to the beginning of a line

Go to end of line

Go and select to end of line

Go to start of document

Go and select text to start of document

Go to end of document

Go and select text to end of document

Switch cursor between text and header

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

Delete text to end of word

Delete text to beginning of word

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

Delete text to end of sentence

Delete text to beginning of sentence

Next suggestion with Automatic Word Completion

Use previous suggestion with Automatic Word Completion

Paste the contents of the clipboard as unformatted text.

+ double-click or + Shift + F10

Use this combination to quickly dock or undock the Navigator, Styles window, or other windows


Shortcut Keys for Paragraphs and Heading Levels

Shortcut keys

Effect

Move the active paragraph or selected paragraphs up one paragraph.

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.

At the start of a heading: Inserts a tab stop. Depending on the Window Manager in use, +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

Shortcut Keys

Effect

If the active cell is empty: selects the whole table. Otherwise: selects the contents of the active cell. Pressing again selects the entire table.

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.

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.

Inserts a tab stop (only in tables). Depending on the Window Manager in use, +Tab may be used instead.

Increases/decreases the size of the column/row on the right/bottom cell edge

Increase/decrease the size of the column/row on the left/top cell edge

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.

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 frame and no text is selected: Escape selects the frame.

Frame is selected: Escape clears the cursor from the frame.

F2 or Enter or any key that produces a character on screen

If a frame is selected: positions the cursor to the end of the text in the 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.

Move object.

Resizes by moving lower right corner.

Resizes by moving top left corner.

Selects the anchor of an object (in Edit Points mode).


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