Keyboard Shortcuts

In Notepad3 you can use a combination of keys to do things that normally need a mouse, track-pad or other input device. These key combinations are called keyboard shortcuts and help provide an easier and usually quicker method of navigating and executing commands in Notepad3.


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Notepad3’s Keyboard Shortcuts

Rather than reaching for your mouse to click on the menu, you can use the following keyboard shortcuts:

Ctrl+N New file.
Ctrl+F4 Close file, identical with Ctrl+N.
Ctrl+O Open file.
F5 Reload file.
F8 Reload file without encoding detection.
Ctrl+F8 Reload file with Unicode detection toggled.
Shift+F8 Reload file with ANSI/UTF-8 defaults toggled.
Alt+F8 Reload file without file variable parsing.
Ctrl+S Save file.
F6 Save file as.
Ctrl+F6 Save file copy.
Ctrl+P Print file.
Ctrl+Alt+H Open recent file.
Alt+N Open document in new window.
Alt+0 Open new empty window.
Ctrl+M Run metapath file browser plugin.
Ctrl+L Launch document.
Alt+L Open with.
Ctrl+R Run command.
Alt+I Open favorites.
Alt+K Add to favorites.
Alt+F9 Manage favorites.
Ctrl+Z Undo.
Ctrl+Shift+Z Redo.
Alt+Backspace Undo.
Ctrl+Y Redo.
Ctrl+Shift+Y Undo.
Ctrl+X Cut selection / Cut current line, if no selection.
Shift+Del Cut.
Ctrl+C Copy selection / Copy current line, if no selection.
Alt+C Copy all.
Ctrl+E Copy add.
Ctrl+V Paste.
Shift+Ins Paste.
Ctrl+K Swap.
Del Clear.
Ctrl+A Select all.
Alt+Shift+Arrows Rectangular selection.
Ctrl+Shift+Enter New line with toggled auto indent option. (orig-NP2: Ctrl+Enter)
Ctrl+PgUp/PgDn Goto previous/next block.
Ctrl+Shift+PgUp/PgDn Select to previous/next block.
Char, Word
Ctrl+Space Select word (or line).
Ctrl+Backspace Delete word before/left.
Ctrl+Del Delete word after/right.
Ctrl+Tab Insert tabulator.
Ctrl+Shift+Space Select line.
Ctrl+Shift+Up Move line (block) up.
Ctrl+Shift+Down Move line (block) down.
Ctrl+D Duplicate line.
Ctrl+Shift+X Cut line.
Ctrl+Shift+C< Copy line.
Ctrl+Shift+D Delete line.
Ctrl+Shift+Backspace Delete line left.
Ctrl+Shift+Del Delete line right.
Ctrl+Shift+W Column wrap.
Ctrl+I Split lines.
Ctrl+J Join lines.
Ctrl+Shift+J Join paragraphs.
Tab Indent selected block.
Shift+Tab Unindent selected block.
Alt+Q Enclose selection.
Alt+D Duplicate selection.
Alt+B Pad with spaces.
Alt+Z</td> Strip first character.
Alt+U Strip last character.
Alt+W Strip trailing blanks.
Alt+P Compress whitespace.
Alt+R Remove blank lines.
Alt+M Modify lines.
Alt+O Sort lines.
Ctrl+Shift+U Make uppercase.
Ctrl+U Make lowercase.
Ctrl+Alt+I Invert case.
Ctrl+Alt+T Title case.
Ctrl+Alt+S Sentence case.
Ctrl+Shift+S Convert tabs to spaces.
Ctrl+Shift+T Convert spaces to tabs.
Ctrl+Shift+A Convert to ANSI.
Ctrl+Shift+O Convert to OEM.
Alt+X HTML/XML tag.
Ctrl+F5 Time/date (short form).
Ctrl+Shift+F5 Time/date (long form).
Ctrl+F9 Filename.
Ctrl+Shift+F9 Path and filename.
Ctrl+Shift+. Insert GUID.
Ctrl+Q Block comment (toggle).
Ctrl+Shift+Q Stream comment.
Ctrl+Shift+E URL Encode.
Ctrl+Shift+R URL Decode.
Ctrl+Alt+E Escape C Special Chars.
Ctrl+Alt+U Unescape C Special Chars.
Ctrl+B Find matching brace.
Ctrl+Shift+B Select to matching brace.
Ctrl+1 Enclose within ”.
Ctrl+2 Enclose within “”.
Ctrl+3 Enclose within ().
Ctrl+4 Enclose within [].
Ctrl+5 Enclose within {}.
Ctrl+6 Enclose within “.
Shift+F5 Update timestamps.
Ctrl+, Jump to selection start.
Ctrl+. Jump to selection end.
Find, Replace
Ctrl+F Find.
Alt+F3 Save find text.
F3 Find next.
Shift+F3 Find previous.
Ctrl+F3 Find next word or selection.
Ctrl+Shift+F3 Find previous word or selection.
Ctrl+Alt+F2 Expand selection to next match. (orig-NP2: F2)
Ctrl+Alt+Shift+F2 Expand selection to previous match. (orig-NP2: Shift+F2)
Ctrl+H Replace.
F4 Replace next.
Ctrl+G Jump to line.
F2 Jump to next bookmark.
Shift+F2 Jump to previous bookmark.
Ctrl+F2 Toggle bookmark.
Alt+F2 Clear all.
Syntax Schemes, Font
F12 Select syntax scheme.
Shift+F12 Select 2nd default syntax scheme.
Ctrl+F12 Customize syntax schemes.
Alt+F12 Select default font.
F11 Select default text syntax scheme.
Ctrl+F11 Select web source code syntax scheme.
Shift+F11 Select XML document syntax scheme.
Ctrl+W Toggle word wrap.
Ctrl+Shift+L Show long line marker.
Ctrl+Shift+G Show indentation guides.
Ctrl+Shift+N Show line numbers.
Ctrl+Shift+M Show selection margin.
Ctrl+Shift+7 Show wrap symbols.
Ctrl+Shift+8 Show whitespace.
Ctrl+Shift+9 Show line endings.
Ctrl+Shift+V Toggle visual brace matching.
Ctrl+Shift+I Highlight current line.
Ctrl+Shift+Alt+F Activate/Deactivate code folding.
Ctrl+Shift+F Toggle all folds.
Ctrl++ Zoom in.
Ctrl+- Zoom out.
Ctrl+0 Reset zoom.
Ctrl+T Tab settings.
Alt++ Increase limit for long lines.
Alt+- Decrease limit for long lines.
Ctrl+Shift+H Toggle auto close HTML/XML.
Alt+T Always on top.
Ctrl+Numpad_* Transparent mode.
Ctrl+9 Display text excerpt in title.
F7 Save settings now.
Ctrl+F7 Jump to ini-file.
Esc Optionally minimize or exit Notepad3.
Shift+Esc Save file and exit Notepad3.
F1 Display Online Documentation.
Shift+F1 Display Info version “About…”

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