Save Time with Lectora Keyboard Shortcuts


One of the best ways to speed up development with Lectora® and Lectora® Online authoring tools is by using keyboard shortcuts, or hotkeys, to perform many common tasks and functions. Rather than relying on your mouse, keyboard shortcuts will help you save precious time.

You can use the default shortcuts (see below for a full list) or customize your own hotkeys for options or tools you frequently access.

To add a custom keyboard shortcut in Lectora:

1. Select the drop-down to the right of the Quick Access Toolbar, and select More Commands.

2. From the Options window, select the Keyboard shortcuts: Customize button.

3. Within the Customize Keyboard window, scroll down the Categories option, and select a Command for which you want to add a keyboard shortcut.

4. Enter the custom key in the Press new shortcut key field, and click Assign.

To add a custom keyboard shortcut in Lectora Online:

1. Select File > Preferences. Select the Hotkeys tab.

2. Use the Categories window to select a category, and scroll down the list box on the left to select a command for which you want to add a keyboard shortcut.

3. Enter the custom key in the Press new shortcut key field and click Assign.

Tabbing in Lectora’s Properties Ribbon 

Lectora also offers the ability to select and Tab through the options on the Properties ribbon of objects. There are 2 ways to do this:

  1. You can use the Alt key to enable the keyboard at any time—the numbers and letters that appear represent keyboard shortcuts that have been enabled. Select the Tab key to tab through the options on the Properties Ribbon from left to right.
  2. You can also simply place your cursor in the Name field of the Properties ribbon—from there you can change an object’s name and Tab to the rest of the properties.

Shortcuts for the Title Explorer

When you’re working with your Title Explorer in Lectora, keyboard shortcuts make for easy updates to page names. You can use the F2 shortcut to edit a page name, and then click Enter to save it. Use the Up and Down arrow keys to select the next page, select F2 and repeat the process. The Right and Left arrow keys will expand or collapse selections in the Title Explorer.

Keyboard Shortcuts

File Shortcut
New Title Ctrl + N
Open an Existing Title Ctrl + O
Print Ctrl + S
Preferences Ctrl + P
Help F1
Exit Ctrl + W
Undo Ctrl + Z
Redo Ctrl + Y
Cut Ctrl + X
Copy Ctrl + C
Paste Ctrl + V
Paste Unformatted Ctrl + Shift + V
Find Ctrl + F
Find Next F3
Replace Ctrl + H
Adding Objects
Assignable Unit Ctrl + 0
Chapter Ctrl + 1
Section Ctrl + 2
Page Ctrl + 3
Action Ctrl + 4
Group Ctrl + 5
Test Ctrl + 6
Test Section Ctrl + 7
Qustion Ctrl + 8
Survey Alt + 6
Survey Question Alt + 8
Animation Ctrl + 9
Audio Ctrl + Shift + 0
Button Ctrl + Shift + 1
Document Ctrl + Shift + 2
Equation Ctrl + Shift + 3
External HTML Ctrl + Shift + 4
Image Ctrl + Shift + 5
Menu Ctrl + Shift + 7
Progress Bar Ctrl + Alt + 9
Reference List Ctrl + Shift + 8
Table of Contents Ctrl + Shift + 9
Text Block Ctrl + Alt + 0
Video Ctrl + Alt + 1
Form Ctrl + Alt + 2
Radio Button Group Ctrl + Alt + 3
Radio Button Ctrl + Alt + 4
Check Box Ctrl + Alt + 5
Entry Field Ctrl + Alt + 6
Drop Down List Ctrl + Alt + 7
List Box Ctrl + Alt + 8
Spell Check Current Page F7
Spell Check Title Ctrl + F7
Edit F12
Run F10
Preview F11
Preview Page in Browser F9
ReviewLink Ctrl + F10
Offline F6
CourseMill Ctrl + F2
AICC Ctrl + F6
SCORM Ctrl + F8
xAPI Ctrl + F9
Show Grid Ctrl + G
Show Rulers Ctrl + R
Show Guides Ctrl + E
Zoom In Ctrl + Space
Zoom Out Alt + Space
Refresh F5
Bold Ctrl + B
Underline Ctrl + U
Italic Ctrl + I
Superscript Alt + 4
Subscript Alt + 5
Center Alt + 8
Align Right Alt + 9
Bulleted List Alt + B
Edit a Text Box Shift + Enter
Title Explorer
Duplicate Object in Title Explorer Ctrl + Drag
Next Page Down Arrow
Previous Page Up Arrow
Expand Selection Left Arrow
Collapse Selection Right Arrow
Edit Selection F2
Select All Objects on the Page Ctrl + A


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