LibreOffice Writer Shortcut Keys

Updated: Oct 15



Function Keys for LibreOffice Writer

Shortcut keys Effect

F2 To Formula Bar

Ctrl+F2 To Insert Fields

F3 To Complete AutoText

Ctrl+F3 To Edit AutoText

F4 To Open Data Source View

Shift+F4 To Select next frame

F5 To Navigator on or off

Ctrl+Shift+F5 To Navigator on, go to page number

F7 To Spellcheck

Ctrl+F7 To Thesaurus

F8 To Extension mode

Ctrl+F8 To Field shadings on or off

Shift+F8 To Additional selection mode

Ctrl+Shift+F8 To Block selection mode

F9 To Update fields

Ctrl+F9 To Show fields

Shift+F9 To Calculate Table

Ctrl+Shift+F9 To Update Input Fields and Input Lists

Ctrl+F10 To Non printing Characters on or off

F11 To Styles and Formatting window on or off

Shift+F11 To Create Style

Ctrl+F11 To Sets focus to Apply Style box

Ctrl+Shift+F11 To Update Style

F12 T0 Numbering on

Ctrl+F12 To Insert or edit Table

Shift+F12 To Bullets on

Ctrl+Shift+F12 To Numbering or Bullets off



Shortcut Keys for LibreOffice Writer

Shortcut keys Effect

Ctrl+A To Select All

Ctrl+J To Justify Alignment

Ctrl+D To Double Underline

Ctrl+E To Centere Alignment

Ctrl+F To Find and Replace

Ctrl+Shift+P To Superscript

Ctrl+L To Left Alignment

Ctrl+R To Right Alignment

Ctrl+Shift+B To Subscript

Ctrl+Y To Redo last action

Ctrl+0 (zero) For Default paragraph style

Ctrl+1 For Heading 1 paragraph style

Ctrl+2 For Heading 2 paragraph style

Ctrl+3 For Heading 3 paragraph style

Ctrl+5 For 1.5 Line Spacing

Ctrl+ Plus Key(+) To Calculates the selected text and copies the result to the clipboard.

Ctrl+Hyphen(-) To Custom hyphens; hyphenation set by us.

Ctrl+Shift+minus sign (-) To Non-breaking dash

Ctrl+multiplication sign * To Run macro field

Ctrl+Shift+Space To Non-breaking spaces. Non-breaking spaces are not used for hyphenation and are not expanded if the text is justified.

Shift+Enter To Line break without paragraph change

Ctrl+Enter For Manual page break

Ctrl+Shift+Enter For Column break in multi columnar texts

Alt+Enter To Insert a new paragraph without numbering

Alt+Enter To Insert a new paragraph directly before or after a section or a table.



Arrow Left To Move cursor to left

Shift+Arrow Left To Move cursor with selection to the left

Ctrl+Arrow Left For Go to beginning of word

Ctrl+Shift+Arrow Left For Selecting to the left word by word

Arrow Right To Move cursor to right

Shift+Arrow Right To Move cursor with selection to the right

Ctrl+Arrow Right For Go to start of next word

Ctrl+Shift+Arrow Right For Selecting to the right word by word

Arrow Up To Move cursor up one line

Shift+Arrow Up For Selecting lines in an upwards direction

Ctrl+Arrow Up To Move cursor to beginning of the previous paragraph

Shift+Ctrl+Arrow Up For Select to beginning of paragraph. Next keystroke extends selection to beginning of previous paragraph

Arrow Down To Move cursor down one line

Shift+Arrow Down For Selecting lines in a downward direction

Ctrl+Arrow Down To Move cursor to beginning of next paragraph.

Shift+Ctrl+Arrow Down For Select to end of paragraph. Next keystroke extends selection to end of next paragraph

Home For Go to beginning of line

Shift+Home For Go and select to the beginning of a line

End For Go to end of line

Shift+End For Go and select to end of line

Ctrl+Home For Go to start of document

Ctrl+Shift+Home For Go and select text to start of document

Ctrl+End For Go to end of document

Ctrl+Shift+End For Go and select text to end of document

Ctrl+PageUp To Switch cursor between text and header

Ctrl+PageDown To Switch cursor between text and footer

Insert To Insert mode on or off

PageUp To Screen page up

Shift+PageUp To Move up screen page with selection

PageDown To Move down screen page

Shift+PageDown To Move down screen page with selection

Ctrl+Del To Delete text to end of word

Ctrl+Backspace To Delete text to beginning of word

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



Ctrl+Shift+Del 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+ 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 Tables in LibreOffice Writer

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



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).



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