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Every Notion Keyboard Shortcut you need to know

Released in 2016, Notion is an all-in-one workspace application developed by Notion Labs inc that provides components such as notes, databases,  wikis, calendars, kanban boards, and reminders and more. 

It allows users to project and manage a task easily, design repositions alongwith customising the workspace with dozens of LEGO-style building blocks.

If you’re looking to give it a try or are already using Notion, you must know its keyboard shortcuts to work more efficiently. Below we have made a list of all the Notion shortcuts that you need to know, including some popular ones and specific ones to edit and create, all of which will surely enhance your workflow.

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Popular Notion keyboard shortcuts 

You’ll see cmd/ctrl keys used a lot below. This indicates command on Mac, Windows and Linux. These instructions are for English/QWERTY keyboards, 

Popular shortcutsDescription
Cmd/Ctrl + NTo create a new page (only for desktop apps)
Cmd/Ctrl + Shift + NTo open a new Notion window
Cmd/Ctrl + P Display search tab 0r leaps to a recently viewed page
Cmd/Ctrl + [To go back to the previous page
Cmd/Ctrl + ]Move to the next page
Cmd/ctrl + Shift + LSwitch to Dark Mode

Markdown Style Notion keyboard shortcuts

Markdown style shortcutsDescription
Insert ** ( Two asterisk)On either side of the text to Bold the text
Insert * (Single asterisk) On either side of the text to Italicize the text
Insert ` (Back quote)On both sides of the text to create inline code
Insert ~ (Tilde)On both sides of the text to Strikethrough
Insert * or – or + then press Space key To create a bullet list
Insert [] (Bracket)To create a to-do checkbox
Type 1 then press Space keyTo create a number list
Insert # then press Space keyTo create a H1 heading
Insert ## then press Space keyTo create a H2 sub-heading
Insert ### then press Space keyTo create a H3 sub-heading
Insert > then press Space keyTo create a toggle list
Insertthen press Space keyTo create a quote block.

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Create and Style Notion keyboard shortcuts

Shortcut keys to create & styleDescription
Enter keyTo insert a line in the text
Shift + EnterTo insert a line break within a block of text.
Cmd/Ctrl + Shift + MTo make a comment
— (Three dash line)To create a divider
Select the text, then press
Cmd/ctrl + B
To bold the text
Select the text, then press
Cmd/Ctrl + I
To italicize the text
Select then text, then press Cmd/Ctrl + UTo underline the text
Select the text, then press
Cmd/Ctrl + Shift + S
To strikethrough the text
Select the text, then press
Cmd/Ctrl + K
To add a link
Select the text, then press
Cmd/Ctrl + V
To paste a URL and turn the text into a link
Select the text, then press
Cmd/Ctrl + E
To add inline code
Tab keyTo indent and nest the content
Shift + Tab keyTo un-nest the content
Type /turn on any side of the textTo change the text block type
Type /colour (colour name eg: /red, /blue) on any sideTo insert or change the text colour

For the below shortcut commands Cmd + Option combination is for Mac users and Ctrl + Shift combination is for Windows and Linux users:

Shortcut keys to create & styleDescription
Cmd/Ctrl + Option/Shift + 0To create text
Cmd/Ctrl + Option/Shift + 1H1 text heading
Cmd/Ctrl +Option/Shift + 2H2 text heading
Cmd/Ctrl + Option/Shift + 3H3 text heading
Cmd/Ctrl + Option/Shift + 4Create to-do checkbox
Cmd/Ctrl + Option/Shift + 5Create a bulleted list
Cmd/Ctrl + Option/Shift +6Create a numbered list
Cmd/Ctrl + Option/Shift + 7Create a toggled list
Cmd/Ctrl + Option/Shift + 8Create a code block
Cmd/Ctrl + Option/Shift + 9Create a new page
Cmd/Ctrl + plus keyZoom in
Cmd/Ctrl + minus keyZoom out
Cmd/Ctrl + Shift + UTo move up the page
Hold Option/Alt while drag and dropTo duplicate the text

Edit and Move Block Notion keyboard shortcuts

Shortcuts to Edit & move block Description
Esc key To select or clear the block
Cmd/Ctrl + ATo select the block with the cursor
Space keyOpen an image in full screen
Arrow keysTo move between the blocks
Shift + Up/Down arrow keysTo expand
Cmd/Alt + Shift + clickTo select or un-select a block
Shift + ClickTo select all block between two selected blocks
Backspace or Delete key To delete the selected block
Cmd/Ctrl + DDuplicate the selected block
Enter keyTo edit the highlighted text
Cmd/Ctrl + /To change type, colour or duplicte one or more blocks
Cmd/Ctrl + Shift + Arrow keysTo move the selected block
Cmd/Ctrl + Option/Alt + TTo expand or close all the toggles in a list
Cmd/Ctrl + shift + HTo use the last text or highlight color you used
Cmd/Ctrl + Enter keyModify the selected block by opening or closing the toggle list, check box and making images in full-screen

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@ Commands for Notion

  • Mention a person:Type @ with the name of a person or persons you wish to grab the attention of, useful during comments and discussions.  
  • Mention a page: Type @ along with the different page in the workspace to create a link. 
  • Mention a date: Type @ and date to give deadlines.
  • Add a reminder: Type @remind along with a date, and you’ll receive a notification on the day.

[[ Commands for Notion

  • Link a page: Type [[ and the name of the page you wish to link up your text too.
  • Create a sub-page: Type [[ and the name of the sub-page you want to nest within your current page. Use your cursor or arrow keys to select + Add new sub-page in the drop-down that appears.
  • Create a new page: Type [[ and the name of the page you want to create.

+ Commands for Notion 

  • Create a sub-page: Type + and the name of the sub-page you want to nest within your current page. 
  • Create a new page somewhere else: Type + and the name of the page you want to create. Use your cursor or arrow keys to select Add new page in the dropdown that appears, then select the page or database where you’d like that page to be added.
  • Link a Page: Type + and the name of another page in your workspace to create a link to it. If you change the name of the page, this link will automatically change too.

Tip: When you use [[, the dropdown menu will show page linking options first. Whereas when you use +, the dropdown menu will show page creation options first.

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Basic Notion keyboard shortcuts

Basic Shortcut CommandsDescriptions
Type /text or / plainTo create a new test block
Type /pageTo create a new page
Type /bulletsTo create a bulleted list
Type /numTo create a numbered list
Type /todoTo create a to-do list with checkboxes
Type /toggleTo create a toggles list
Type /divTo create a light grey divider
Type /quoteTo create a quote block of large texts
Type /h1 or /#To create largely heading
Type /h2 or /##To create a medium-sized heading
Type /h3 or /###To create a small heading
Type /linkTo create a link with a page

Inline Notion keyboard shortcuts

Inline Shortcut CommandsDescription
Type /mentionTo mention a page or a person within workspace
Type /date or /reminderTo add a timestamp
Type /equationTo add TeX formula with the text
Type /emojiAdds the said emoji

Database Notion keyboard shortcuts

Database Shortcut CommandsDescription
Type /table-inlineCreates a database table inside the current page
Type /board-inlineCreates a Kanban board inside the current page
Type /calendar-inlineCreates a calendar inside the current page
Type /list-inlineCreates a list-style database inside the current page
Type /gallery-inlineCreates a gallery inside the current page
Type /timeline-inlineCreates a timeline inside the current page
Type /linkedCreates a linked database

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Media Notion keyboard shortcuts

Media Shortcut CommandsDescription
Type /imageWill bring up the option to upload or embed an image, or add one from Unsplash.
Type /pdfTo paste in a URL to any PDF
Type /bookTo paste in a URL to any website to create a web bookmark
Type /videoTo upload a video file or embed a video from YouTube, Vimeo, etc
Type /audioTo upload an audio file or embed a recording from SoundCloud, Spotify, etc
Type /codeTo Creates a code block for writing and copying any snippet of code
Type /fileTo upload any file from the computer or create an embed
Type /embedTo add any one of the 500+ embeds that work with Notion

Advanced Notion keyboard shortcuts

Advanced Shortcut CommandsDescription
Type /commentTo create a comment on any block
Type /duplicateTo create an exact copy of the current block
Type /movetoTo move a particular block to a different page
Type /tocTo create a Table of Contents block
Type /deleteTo delete the selected or current block
Type /breadTo insert a breadcrumb for locating the tagged page
Type /math or /latexTo write mathematical equations and symbols

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