Keyboard Shortcuts

Need to know how to work with different keyboard layouts? Here you go!

General Shortcuts

Zoom Z + Click/Drag
Cmd + Scroll
Zoom In +
Zoom Out -
Zoom to 100% 0
Zoom to Content 1
Zoom to Selection 2
Pan / Move Around Board Space + Drag
Undo Cmd + Z
Redo Shift + Cmd + Z
Copy Cmd + C
Paste Cmd + V
Copy Style Option + Cmd + C
Paste Style Option + Cmd + V
Duplicate Cmd + D
Alt + Drag Object
Bring Forward ]
Bring to Front Option + ]
Send Backward [
Send to Back Option + [
Multi-select Click and Drag Around Entire Objects
Select Multiple Items Shift + Click
Select All (Excluding Locked Elements) Cmd + A
Select All (Including Locked Elements) Double press Cmd + A
Deselect Esc
Resize to lock aspect ratio Shift while dragging
with mouse to resize
Resize from Center Alt while dragging
with mouse to resize
Edit Text Enter
Group Selection Cmd + G
Ungroup Selection Shift + Cmd + G
Deep Select Cmd + Click
Ignore Auto-Snapping When Moving Object: Cmd + Drag
Ignore Grid & Auto-Snapping When Moving Object ` + Drag
Save as Default Style Shift + Cmd + D
Change Font Size Option + Cmd + = or -
Comment Option + Cmd + M
Animate Connector Cmd + Click
Search Cmd + F
Open / Hide Sidebar Cmd + E
Get Shareable Link Option + Cmd + S
Add New File or Folder Option + Cmd + N
Go to Folder View Shift + Cmd + E
Change Board Mode W + F (Flowchart)
W + W (Wireframe)
W + S (Sticky Notes)
W + M (Mind Map)

Flowchart Shortcuts ^

Rectangle R
Oval U
Circle O
Diamond D
Trapezoid A
Triangle G
Hexagon H
Cylinder Y
Bracket B
Explosion M
Cloud N
Table E
Image I
Link K
Connector C or L
Text T
Icon X
Quick Add Option + Arrow
Quick Add,
Switch Direction
Shift
on mouseover
Hide Quick Add Q
Lock Object Shift + Cmd + L

Mind Map Shortcuts ^

Add Root Node M
Add Child Tab
Add Sibling Enter
Add Sibling Above Cmd + Enter
Add Parent Option + Enter
Collapse / Expand Node Cmd + /
Add Line Break Shift + Enter
Add Link Cmd + K
Add Icon Shift + X

Sticky Notes Shortcuts ^

Card A
Double Click
Stack S
Connector C or L
Image I
Link K
Text T
Icon X
Expand Selected Card Cmd + Enter
Lock Stack Shift + Cmd + L

Wireframe Shortcuts ^

Annotation A
Button B
Divider D
Element E
Frame F
Image G
Link N
Circle O
Input P
Rectangle R
Avatar V
Connector C or L
Text T
Icon X
Lock Object Shift + Cmd + L
Rename Frame Enter
Divider Sizing Holding Shift makes
divider vertical
Holding Cmd makes
divider full width/height

Docs Shortcuts ^

Paragraph ⌘ + \
Heading 1 # then space
Heading 2 ## then space
Heading 3 ### then space
Bullet List * or - then space
Numbered List 1. then space
Check List _ then space
Section Divider *** (at the beginning of a new line)
Line Divider --- (at the beginning of a new line)
Change Block Type / (at the beginning of a new line)
⌘ + / (at any time)
Bold ⌘ + B (text selected)
* (type on both sides of text)
Italic ⌘ + I (text selected)
_ (type on both sides of text)
Code Block ` ` ` (at the beginning of a new line)
⌘ +⇧+ K (text selected)
` (type on both sides of text)
Strikethrough ⌘ +⇧+ X
~ (type on both sides of text)
Add Link ⌘ + K
Highlight Text ⌘ +⇧+ H
Add Quote ⌘ + >
Decrease Indent ⇧ + Tab
Increase Indent Tab
Add Workspace Link @
Add External Link ⌥ + K
Add Comment ⌘ + ⌥ + M
Select Text Shift + Arrow Keys
Open Nested File ⌘ + Enter
Search ⌘ + F
Pin / Unpin Sidebar ⌘ + E
Go to Parent File ⌘ + Esc

General Shortcuts

Zoom Z + Click/Drag
Control + Scroll
Zoom In +
Zoom Out -
Zoom to 100% 0
Zoom to Content 1
Zoom to Selection 2
Pan / Move Around Board Space + Drag
Undo Control + Z
Redo Shift + Control + Z
Copy Control + C
Paste Control + V
Copy Style Alt + Control + C
Paste Style Alt + Control + V
Duplicate Control + D
Alt + Drag
Bring Forward ]
Bring to Front Alt + ]
Send Backward [
Send to Back Alt + [
Multi-select Click and Drag Around Entire Objects
Select Multiple Items Shift + Click
Select All (Excluding Locked Elements) Ctrl + A
Select All (Including Locked Elements) Double press Ctrl + A
Deselect Esc
Resize to lock aspect ratio Shift while dragging
with mouse to resize
Resize from Center Alt while dragging
with mouse to resize
Edit Text Enter
Group Selection Control + G
Ungroup Selection Shift + Control + G
Deep Select Control + Click
Ignore Auto-Snapping When Moving Object: Control + Drag
Ignore Grid & Auto-Snapping When Moving Object ` + Drag
Save as Default Style Shift + Control + D
Change Font Size Alt + Control +  = or -
Comment Alt + Control + M
Animate Connector Control + Click
Search Control + F
Open / Hide Sidebar Control + E
Get Shareable Link Alt + Control + S
Add New File or Folder Alt + Control + N
Go to Folder View Shift + Control + E
Change Board Mode W + F (Flowchart)
W + W (Wireframe)
W + S (Sticky Notes)
W + M (Mind Map)

Flowchart Shortcuts ^

Rectangle R
Oval U
Circle O
Diamond D
Trapezoid A
Triangle G
Hexagon H
Cylinder Y
Bracket B
Explosion M
Cloud N
Table E
Image I
Link K
Connector C or L
Text T
Icon X
Quick Add Alt + Arrow
Quick Add,
Switch Direction
Shift
on mouseover
Hide Quick Add Q
Lock Object Shift + Control + L (PC)

Mind Map Shortcuts ^

Add Root Node M
Add Child Tab
Add Sibling Enter
Add Sibling Above Control + Enter
Add Parent Alt + Enter
Collapse / Expand Node Control + /
Add Line Break Shift + Enter
Add Link Control + K
Add Icon Shift + X

Sticky Notes Shortcuts ^

Card A
Double Click
Stack S
Connector C or L
Image I
Link K
Text T
Icon X
Expand Selected Card Ctrl + Enter
Lock Stack Shift + Control + L

Wireframe Shortcuts ^

Annotation A
Button B
Divider D
Element E
Frame F
Image G
Link N
Circle O
Input P
Rectangle R
Avatar V
Connector C or L
Text T
Icon X
Lock Object Shift + Control + L
Rename Frame Enter
Divider Sizing Holding Shift makes
divider vertical
Holding Control makes
divider full width/height

Docs Shortcuts ^

Paragraph Ctrl + \
Heading 1 # then space
Heading 2 ## then space
Heading 3 ### then space
Bullet List * or - then space
Numbered List 1. then space
Check List _ then space
Section Divider *** (at the beginning of a new line)
Line Divider --- (at the beginning of a new line)
Change Block Type / (at the beginning of a new line)
Ctrl + / (at any time)
Bold Ctrl + B (text selected)
* (type on both sides of text)
Italic Ctrl + I (text selected)
_ (type on both sides of text)
Code Block ` ` ` (at the beginning of a new line)
Ctrl + Shift + K (text selected)
` (type on both sides of text)
Strikethrough Ctrl + Shift + S
~ (type on both sides of text)
Add Link Ctrl + K
Highlight Text Ctrl + Shift + H
Add Quote Ctrl + >
Decrease Indent Shift + Tab
Increase Indent Tab
Add Workspace Link @
Add External Link Alt + K
Add Comment Alt + Ctrl + M
Select Text Shift + Arrow Keys
Open Nested File Ctrl + Enter
Search Ctrl + F
Pin / Unpin Sidebar Ctrl + E
Go to Parent File Ctrl + Esc

Working with Different Keyboard Layouts

If you're working on a non-standard keyboard, some of the keyboard shortcuts will work differently for you. There are two key things to remember:

  1. For all the keyboard shortcuts that involve letters, there are no changes.
  2. For all the keyboard shortcuts that involve characters that aren't letters, you have to refer to the placement of the characters on the standard US English keyboard.

Let's say you want to add a card using the AZERTY layout. Because the shortcut for adding a card is a letter ( A), all you have to do is press A regardless of its placement on the keyboard:

But let's say you want to zoom out using the AZERTY layout. Because the shortcut for zooming out is a character ( -) and not a letter, you have to use the standard US English keyboard as a reference and instead of pressing - on your keyboard, press whichever key is located at the same place as - on the standard keyboard:

If you have any questions or can't figure out how to make keyboard shortcuts work on you keyboard layout, drop us a line at help@whimsical.com and we'll help you out! 

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