Note: This article is part of my toolkit newsletters↗️ where I share resources about building things.
I’ve been writing on Medium and personal site↗️ to document everything I’ve implemented.
Recently, I discovered some keyboard shortcuts on Medium. This is a huge time-saver when dealing with code blocks & formatting of my post.
Let’s grab these shortcuts:
1. The basic 💎
Instead of selecting text to change formatting, you can:
- Bold the text CTRL+B
- Italic CTRL+I
- Highlight text to turn into a link CTRL+K
- Unlink text CTRL+K
2. Title & subtitle shortcuts 😄
Using different sizing of headers can help you organize your contents and improve presentation of your post.
Pro Tips: header is also a good place to implement SEO keywords that you want to target for your website
Here’s how you add them with keyboard shortcuts:
- Bigger header CTRL+ALT+1
- Smaller header CTRL+ALT+2
3. Add list or bullet points 🔴
There are two types of list you can use on Medium. One is bullet points and the other is numbered list.
Try these shortcuts to save your time:
- Bullet list *+Space bar or Shift+*+Space bar (depends on your keyboard)
- Numbered list 1+.+Space bar
4. Add code blocks in Medium post 💻
This is my favorite keyboard shortcut when writing coding tutorial↗️ on Medium.
You can display code in a sentence or the entire code block.
Let’s try these shortcuts:
- Highlight text to turn into
code in sentence` symbol
- Highlight text to turn into code block CTRL+ALT+6
- Remove code block CTRL+ALT+6
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5. Add a quote 📢
You can turn your text into two blockquote styles, for example:
My name is Zoe Chew and I share my stuff at whizzoe.com
or this one
Here’s the handy keyboard shortcuts:
- Small blockquote CTRL+ALT+5
- Bigger blockquote CTRL+ALT+5
- Remove blockquote CTRL+ALT+5
…yes, you use the same shortcuts for blockquote formatting
6. Check word count 🔰
When you’re editing on Medium, you don’t need a Chrome Extension to detect word count.
Just hit CTRL+A and your word count will be displayed on the top left corner.
To add a separator “ . . . “ You can use CTRL+Enter on your keyboard.
You can use CTRL+Enter on your keyboard.