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
|Sheets, Groups, and Views|
|Cmd + N||Create new sheet|
|Shift + Cmd + N||Create new group|
|Control + Cmd + N||Create new filter|
|Option + Cmd + N||Open new window|
|Cmd + T||Open new tab|
|Cmd + O||Show Quick Open panel to open from Library|
|Shift + Cmd + O||Show Quick Open panel to open from current group|
|Option + Cmd + O||Show Quick Open panel to open from current selection|
|¹Cmd + Return (Enter)||Reveal selected sheet in group|
|Control + Tab||Switch to next tab|
|Shift + Control + Tab||Switch to previous tab|
|Cmd + D||Add sheet to Favorites OR Remove sheet from Favorites|
|Cmd + S||Save current version of sheet and create new version|
|Cmd + J||Glue selected sheets|
|Shift + Cmd + B||Split sheet at selection|
|²Shift + Cmd + P||Open Export preview for selected sheet/group|
|³Cmd + R||Refresh preview window|
|Jump to next page in preview|
|Shift + Space OR
|Jump to previous page in preview|
|Down Arrow||Scroll down in preview|
|Up Arrow||Scroll up in preview|
|Cmd + P||Print current sheet|
|Cmd + Delete||Move sheet to Trash|
|⁴Option + Cmd + Delete||Erase sheet|
|Cmd + W||Close current tab|
|Shift + Cmd + W||Close current window|
|⁵Shift + Cmd + K||Open panel to attach keyword(s) to selected sheet|
|Cmd + , (Comma)||Open Ulysses Preferences|
|⁶Cmd + 1||Switch focus to Library OR
Toggle Library view
|⁶Cmd + 2||Switch focus to Sheets OR
Toggle Sheet List view
|⁶Cmd + 3||Switch focus to Editor OR
Switch to Editor Only view
|Cmd + 4||Toggle Attachments view|
|⁷Cmd + 5||Switch to Favorites group|
|Cmd + 6||Show Quick Export panel|
|Cmd + 7||Show Statistics panel|
|Cmd + 8||Show Navigation panel|
|Cmd + 9||Show Markup panel|
|Cmd + F||Show Find panel|
|Option + Cmd + F||Show Find and Replace panel|
|⁸Cmd + E||Search for selection|
|Cmd + G||Find next match in search results|
|Shift + Cmd + G||Find previous match in search results|
|⁹Shift + Cmd + F||Show Sheet List search box|
|¹⁰Esc||Hide Find panel OR
Hide Find and Replace panel OR
Hide Sheet List search panel
|Control + Cmd + Space||Open Emoji & Symbols panel or Character Viewer|
|Option + Cmd + X||Toggle Dark Theme|
|Option + Cmd + L||Toggle Dark Mode|
|Option + Cmd + T||Toggle Typewriter Mode|
|Control + Cmd + F||Toggle Full Screen Mode|
|Cmd + M||Minimize Window|
|Control + Cmd + Z||Zoom Window|
|Option + Cmd + 3||¹¹Toggle second editor in Split View|
|Option + Scroll||Scroll simultaneously in both editors in Split View|
|Cmd + Left Arrow||Switch focus from Sheet List to Library|
|Cmd + Right Arrow||Switch focus from Library to Sheet List OR Switch focus from Sheet List to Editor|
|Right Arrow||Open selected group in Library|
|Option + Cmd + Up Arrow||Select previous sheet|
|Option + Cmd + Down Arrow||Select next sheet|
|Option + Cmd + Right Arrow||Move through panes from left to right|
|Option + Cmd + Left Arrow||Move through panes from right to left|
|Cmd + Drag||Force copy sheet/group|
|Option + Drag||Force move sheet/group|
|Cmd + (Back Slash)||Increase heading level|
|Shift + Cmd + (Back Slash)||Decrease heading level|
|Cmd + Left Arrow||Jump to start of line|
|Cmd + Right Arrow||Jump to end of line|
|Cmd + Up Arrow||Jump to start of sheet|
|Cmd + Down Arrow||Jump to end of sheet|
|Option + Left Arrow||Jump to previous word|
|Option + Right Arrow||Jump to next word|
|Option + Up Arrow||Jump to start of paragraph|
|Option + Down Arrow||Jump to end of paragraph|
|Control + Cmd + Up Arrow||Move current/selected line up|
|Control + Cmd + Down Arrow||Move current/selected line down|
|Option + Delete||Delete current word|
|Cmd + Delete||Delete current line|
|Cmd + B||Emphasize following/selected text|
|Cmd + I||Italicize following/selected text|
|Cmd + K||Create link|
|Cmd + L||Remove markup for current line or for selected text|
|Shift + Tab||Decrease indentation|
|(Back Slash) [text]||Don’t apply markup to following text|
|Cmd + Z||Undo typing|
|Shift + Cmd + Z||Redo typing|
|Cmd + X||Cut selected text|
|Cmd + C||Copy selected text|
|Cmd + V||Paste selected text|
|Cmd + A||Select all text in Editor|
|Option + Cmd + C||Copy selected text as Markdown|
|Option + Cmd + V||Paste from Markdown|
|Option + Shift + Cmd + V||Paste as Plain Text|
|(img)||Open panel to insert image|
|(fn)||Open panel to insert footnote|
|Cmd + + (Plus)||Increase zoom|
|Cmd + – (Minus)||Decrease zoom|
|Cmd + 0||Revert 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.