Distraction Free Writing and its Wonderful Shortcuts
I have a confession. I’m very good at getting annoyed about things and chuntering away at my husband, without first investigating things properly. One of my recent annoyances has been Distraction Free Writing.
I’m generally a user of the visual editor. And I am particularly fond of using headings. So when I started using DFW and realized that there was no way for me to easily apply headings to text I was very annoyed. For a week or so I wrote my posts in the HTML editor – but that wasn’t really satisfactory as I like to see my formatting while I’m working.
Then I just used the standard editor, with its teeny weeny window (which I would pull down and expand).
And I would moan at my husband about how excited I was about DFW and how it had really let me down.
I’m sorry Distraction Free Writing, it is me that has let you down.
This morning I was getting annoying about being unable to easily add headings while I writing in DFW. In a moment of frustration I thought “I know! Let’s see if anyone on Google is as annoyed as I am.”
I Googled my problem and found this thread. And I thought “Oh no! Have I become a stupid, angry ranting person?”
However, I read through the thread and came across this:
the editors *could* click the help button and find the keyboard shortcuts for adding headings and such.
I fired up WordPress, opened up DFW and clicked the help button. Here’s what’s there:
Isn’t that nice? Now I can enjoy DFW – and anyone else who’s a dumbass like me can enjoy it too.
Here’s a breakdown of my favorite shortcuts:
I love how intuitive this is:
- Ctrl + 1 – heading 1
- Ctrl + 2 – heading 2
- Ctrl + 3 – heading 3
- Ctrl + 4 – heading 4
- Ctrl + 5 – heading 5
- Ctrl + 6 – heading 6
- Ctrl + b – bold
- Ctrl + i – italic
- Ctrl + u – underline
- Alt + Shift + d –
- Alt + Shift + u – unordered list
- Alt + Shift + o – ordered list
- Alt + Shift + q – quote
- Alt + Shift + a – insert link
- Alt + Shift + s – remove link
- Alt + Shift + m – insert image
- Alt + Shift + e – switch to HTML mode
- Alt + Shift + n – check spelling
There are two things that I can’t seem to find which would make awesome additional shortcuts:
- An easy way to return to normal paragraph formatting
- A switch to DFW mode (to get switch back from HTML mode