The Ulysses Keyboard Shortcuts Cheat Sheet for Mac

Ulysses is without doubt one of the best distraction-free Markdown editors for your Mac. You can use it to manage all kinds of writing projects in a streamlined manner.
As you’d expect from a powerful, versatile app like Ulysses, there are plenty of keyboard shortcuts to speed up navigation and other app-related actions. And while you can discover the shortcuts as you go about using the app, it’s much easier to have them ready to go in a single location.
That’s why we’ve come up with this cheat sheet, which you can save to your desktop for quick access. It contains all the keyboard shortcuts you need to manage various views, panels, and modes in Ulysses and switch between them effortlessly. You’ll also find several shortcuts for text editing.
With all these shortcuts at your fingertips, you probably won’t need to take your hands off the keyboard at all when you write in Ulysses!
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The Ulysses Keyboard Shortcuts Cheat Sheet for Mac

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Sheets, Groups, and Views

Cmd + NCreate new sheet

Shift + Cmd + NCreate new group

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Control + Cmd + NCreate new filter

Option + Cmd + NOpen new window

Cmd + TOpen new tab

Cmd + OShow Quick Open panel to open from Library

Shift + Cmd + OShow Quick Open panel to open from current group

Option + Cmd + OShow Quick Open panel to open from current selection

¹Cmd + Return (Enter)Reveal selected sheet in group

Control + TabSwitch to next tab

Shift + Control + TabSwitch to previous tab

Cmd + DAdd sheet to Favorites OR
Remove sheet from Favorites

Cmd + SSave current version of sheet and create new version

Cmd + JGlue selected sheets

Shift + Cmd + BSplit sheet at selection

²Shift + Cmd + POpen Export preview for selected sheet/group

³Cmd + RRefresh preview window

Space OR
Right ArrowJump to next page in preview

Shift + Space OR
Left ArrowJump to previous page in preview

Down ArrowScroll down in preview

Up ArrowScroll up in preview

Cmd + PPrint current sheet

Cmd + DeleteMove sheet to Trash

⁴Option + Cmd + DeleteErase sheet

Cmd + WClose current tab

Shift + Cmd + WClose current window

⁵Shift + Cmd + KOpen panel to attach keyword(s) to selected sheet

Cmd + , (Comma)Open Ulysses Preferences

⁶Cmd + 1Switch focus to Library OR
Toggle Library view

⁶Cmd + 2Switch focus to Sheets OR
Toggle Sheet List view

⁶Cmd + 3Switch focus to Editor OR
Switch to Editor Only view

Cmd + 4Toggle Attachments view

⁷Cmd + 5Switch to Favorites group

Cmd + 6Show Quick Export panel

Cmd + 7Show Statistics panel

Cmd + 8Show Navigation panel

Cmd + 9Show Markup panel

Cmd + FShow Find panel

Option + Cmd + FShow Find and Replace panel

⁸Cmd + ESearch for selection

Cmd + GFind next match in search results

Shift + Cmd + GFind previous match in search results

⁹Shift + Cmd + FShow Sheet List search box

¹⁰EscHide Find panel OR
Hide Find and Replace panel OR
Hide Sheet List search panel

Control + Cmd + SpaceOpen Emoji & Symbols panel or Character Viewer

Option + Cmd + XToggle Dark Theme

Option + Cmd + LToggle Dark Mode

Option + Cmd + TToggle Typewriter Mode

Control + Cmd + FToggle Full Screen Mode

Cmd + MMinimize Window

Control + Cmd + ZZoom Window

Option + Cmd + 3¹¹Toggle second editor in Split View

Option + ScrollScroll simultaneously in both editors in Split View

Cmd + Left ArrowSwitch focus from Sheet List to Library

Cmd + Right ArrowSwitch focus from Library to Sheet List OR
Switch focus from Sheet List to Editor

Right ArrowOpen selected group in Library

Option + Cmd + Up ArrowSelect previous sheet

Option + Cmd + Down ArrowSelect next sheet

Option + Cmd + Right ArrowMove through panes from left to right

Option + Cmd + Left ArrowMove through panes from right to left

Cmd + DragForce copy sheet/group

Option + DragForce move sheet/group

Text Editing

Cmd + (Back Slash)Increase heading level

Shift + Cmd + (Back Slash)Decrease heading level

Cmd + Left ArrowJump to start of line

Cmd + Right ArrowJump to end of line

Cmd + Up ArrowJump to start of sheet

Cmd + Down ArrowJump to end of sheet

Option + Left ArrowJump to previous word

Option + Right ArrowJump to next word

Option + Up ArrowJump to start of paragraph

Option + Down ArrowJump to end of paragraph

Control + Cmd + Up ArrowMove current/selected line up

Control + Cmd + Down ArrowMove current/selected line down

Option + DeleteDelete current word

Cmd + DeleteDelete current line

Cmd + BEmphasize following/selected text

Cmd + IItalicize following/selected text

Cmd + KCreate link

Cmd + LRemove markup for current line or for selected text

TabIncrease indentation

Shift + TabDecrease indentation

(Back Slash) [text]Don’t apply markup to following text

Cmd + ZUndo typing

Shift + Cmd + ZRedo typing

Cmd + XCut selected text

Cmd + CCopy selected text

Cmd + VPaste selected text

Cmd + ASelect all text in Editor

Option + Cmd + CCopy selected text as Markdown

Option + Cmd + VPaste from Markdown

Option + Shift + Cmd + VPaste as Plain Text

(img)Open panel to insert image

(fn)Open panel to insert footnote

Cmd + + (Plus)Increase zoom

Cmd + – (Minus)Decrease zoom

Cmd + 0Revert to default zoom

Cmd + ; (Semicolon)Spellcheck document

Shift + Cmd + ; (Semicolon)Show Spelling and Grammar panel


¹Use in Quick Open panel.

²Preview window shows PDF by default. Select relevant export format from dropdown menu in title bar for corresponding preview.

³Shortcut is available only when preview window is open.

⁴Shortcut deletes sheet immediately without sending it to Trash.

⁵If focus is in Sheet List, popover panel appears and if focus is in Editor, sidebar panel appears.


⁶Shortcut cycles through available actions when used multiple times.

⁷Favorites group appears in Library only when there are one or more favorited sheets.

⁸Use shortcut after opening Find panel or Find and Replace panel.

⁹Search looks for keywords in Sheet List and Editor.

¹⁰Shortcut works only when panel is in focus.

¹¹Refers to Split View in Ulysses and not system-wide Split View option on macOS. However, shortcut works with both options.

Shortcuts for Ulysses on iPad and iPhone
Ulysses is a pleasure to use, and more so once you transition to a smoother workflow using our shortcuts cheat sheet.
You can even use some of these shortcuts in the Ulysses app on iPhone and iPad. To discover the best of them, hold down the Cmd key on the keyboard connected to your mobile device.
And remember, Ulysses is one of the premium Mac apps that make a Setapp subscription worthwhile. So if you already have a Setapp subscription, you don’t need to pay for a standalone Ulysses subscription.
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