iBooks Author: Keyboard shortcuts

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You can use keyboard shortcuts to quickly accomplish many tasks in iBooks Author.
To use a keyboard shortcut, press all the keys in the shortcut at the same time.
Shortcuts for common commands are listed in the table below.

Action Shortcut
Move around within a document
Move one character to the left Left Arrow
Move one character to the right Right Arrow
Move to the line above Up Arrow
Move to the line below Down Arrow
Move to the beginning of the current or previous word Option–Left Arrow
Move to the end of the current or next word Option–Right Arrow
Move to the beginning of the current line Command–Left Arrow
Move to the end of the current line Command–Right Arrow
Move to the beginning of the current paragraph Option–Up Arrow
Move to the end of the current paragraph Option–Down Arrow
Find the selected item in the book Command-E
Jump to a selection in a book Command-J
Move to the beginning of the document Command–Up Arrow
Scroll to the end of the document End
Move to the end of the document Command–Down Arrow
Select text
Select one or more characters Click in front of the first character and drag across the characters you want to select
Select a word Double-click the word
Select a paragraph Triple-click in the paragraph
Select all inline objects and text Command-A
Deselect all inline objects and text Command-Shift-A
Extend the text selection Click in the text, then Shift-click in another location in the text
Extend the selection one character to the right Shift–Right Arrow
Extend the selection one character to the left Shift–Left Arrow
Extend the selection to the end of the current word Shift–Option–Right Arrow
Extend the selection to the beginning of the current word Shift–Option–Left Arrow
Extend the selection to the end of the current line Command–Shift–Right Arrow
Extend the selection to the beginning of the current line Command–Shift–Left Arrow
Extend the selection to the line above Shift–Up Arrow
Extend the selection to the line below Shift–Down Arrow
Extend the selection to the beginning of the current paragraph Shift–Option–Up Arrow
Extend the selection to the end of the current paragraph Shift–Option–Down Arrow
Extend the selection to the beginning of the text Command–Shift–Up Arrow
Extend the selection to the end of the text Command–Shift–Down Arrow or Shift-End
Select multiple words or blocks of text that are not next to each other Select the first text you want, then select additional text while holding down the Command key
Format text
Show the Fonts window Command-T
Show the Styles drawer Command-Shift-T
Create a glossary term from the selection Command-Option-E
Apply a paragraph, character, or list style F1 through F8 (if you’ve assigned them in the Styles drawer)
Apply boldface to selected text Command-B
Apply italic to selected text Command-I
Apply underline to selected text Command-U
Delete the previous character or selection Delete
Delete the next character or selection Forward Delete (not available on all keyboards)
Make the font size bigger Command–Shift–Plus Sign (+)
Make the font size smaller Command–Shift–Minus Sign (–)
Make the text superscript Command–Shift–Control–Plus Sign (+)
Make the text subscript Command–Shift–Control–Minus Sign (–)
Align the text flush left Command–Shift–Left Brace ({)
Center the text Command–Shift–Vertical Bar (|)
Align the text flush right Command–Shift–Right Brace (})
Align the text flush left and flush right (justify) Command–Shift–Option–Vertical Bar (|)
Decrease the list indent level Command–Left Bracket ([)
Increase the list indent level Command–Right Bracket (]) or Tab
Edit the hyperlink text without disabling hyperlinks Use the arrow keys to navigate through the hyperlink text
Cut the selection Command-X
Copy the selection Command-C
Copy the paragraph style Command-Option-C
Copy the character style Command-Shift-Option-C
Paste the selection Command-V
Paste the character or paragraph style Command-Option-V
Paste and match the style of the destination text Command-Shift-Option-V
Add a range to (or remove it from) the selection Shift-drag or Command-drag
Insert a nonbreaking space Option–Space bar
Insert a line break (soft return) Shift-Return
Insert a paragraph break Return
Manipulate objects
Draw a floating text box, shape, table, or chart Option-click Text Box, Shapes, Table, or Charts in the toolbar, then drag to size
Select all floating objects Select one floating object and press Command-A
Deselect all floating objects Select one floating object and press Command-Shift-A
Select or deselect additional objects Command-click or Shift-click
Move the selected object one point Press an arrow key
Move the selected object ten points Press Shift and an arrow key
Copy the graphic style Command-Option-C
Paste the graphic style Command-Option-V
Send the selected object to the back Command-Shift-B
Send the selected object one layer back Command-Shift-Option-B
Bring the selected object to the front Command-Shift-F
Bring the selected object one layer forward Command-Shift-Option-F
Group selected objects Command-Option-G
Ungroup selected objects Command-Shift-Option-G
Lock selected objects Command-L
Unlock selected objects Command-Option-L
Duplicate the object Command-D or Option-drag
Constrain the movement of the object to 45° Shift-drag
Resize the object Drag a selection handle
Resize the object from the center Option-drag a selection handle
Constrain the aspect ratio when resizing the object Shift-drag a selection handle
Constrain the aspect ratio when resizing the object from the center Shift-Option-drag a selection handle
Rotate the object Command-drag a selection handle
Rotate the object 45° Command-Shift-drag a selection handle
Rotate the object around the opposite handle (instead of the center) Command-Option-drag a selection handle
Rotate the object 45° around the opposite handle (instead of the center) Command-Shift-Option-drag a selection handle
Turn off alignment guides Command-drag
Mask or unmask the object Command-Shift-M
Exit masking Return, Command-Return, Enter, or double-click
Reenter masking Double-click the masked image
Open the shortcut menu for the selected item Control-click the item
Exit text editing and select the object Command-Return
Choose an object to insert Command-Shift-V
Define the text as a placeholder Command-Option-Control-T
Define the object as a media placeholder Command-Option-Control-I
Work with tables
Add a row above the selected cells Option–Up Arrow
Add a row below the selected cells Option–Down Arrow
Add a column to the right of the selected cells Option–Right Arrow
Add a column to the left of the selected cells Option–Left Arrow
Select all table borders or cell content, depending on the initial selection Command-A
Delete the selected table, border, or border segment, or the contents of selected cells Delete
Constrain the movement of the table and snap to guides Shift-drag the table
Replace the contents of the selected cell with the contents of the destination cell Drag the selected cell to another cell
Copy the contents of the selected cell into the destination cell Option-drag the selected cell to another cell
Extend the selection from the selected cell to the destination cell Shift-click in the destination cell
Select a cell Click a cell in a selected table (double-click a cell in an unselected table)
Add a cell to (or remove it from) the selection Command-click a selected or unselected cell
Begin text editing Return or Enter (in a selected cell)
Stop editing the cell and select the cell Command-Return
Stop editing the cell and select the table Command-Return twice
Select a border Click the border of a selected table (double-click the border of an unselected table)
Add a border to (or remove it from) the selection Command-click or Shift-click the border
Select a border segment Click the border segment (double-click if the table isn’t selected)
Add a border segment to (or remove it from) the selection Command-click or Shift-click the border segment
Move a border or border segment to a new position Drag the border or border segment
Move the selected table, border, or border segment one point Press an arrow key
Move the selected table, border, or border segment ten points Press Shift and an arrow key
Select the next cell to the left, right, up, or down Press an arrow key (from a selected cell)
Extend the cell selection by one cell Press Shift and an arrow key (from a selected cell)
Select the text in the next cell or, if the last cell is selected, add a new row Tab
Select the text in the previous cell Shift-Tab
Stop editing the cell and select the table Command-click the selected cell
Insert a tab Option-Tab (when editing text)
Insert a line break (soft return) when editing text in a cell Control-Return
Insert a paragraph break (hard return) when editing text in a cell Option-Return
Insert a paragraph break (hard return) when editing text in a cell and “Return key moves to next cell” isn’t selected in the Table inspector Return
Open the table formatting menu for a selected table or cells Control-click the table
Create a table by dragging Option-click Table in the toolbar, then drag to size
Open the Formula Editor for the selected nonformula cell Equal Sign (=)
Open the Formula Editor for the cell containing the formula or formatted number Equal Sign (=), Return, Enter, or double-click
In the Formula Editor, save changes Return or Enter
In the Formula Editor, discard changes Esc (Escape)
Create cell references in formulas
Navigate to and select a single cell Press Option and an arrow key
Extend or shrink a selected cell reference Press Shift-Option and an arrow key
Navigate to the first or last nonheader cell in a row or column Press Command-Option and an arrow key
Insert a line break Option-Return
Insert a tab Option-Tab
Refer to another table below or above the current table Press Command–Option–Page Down or Page Up, then press Option and an arrow key (or press Shift-Option and an arrow key to select cells)
Specify absolute and relative attributes of selected cell references Press Command-K or Command-Shift-K to move forward or backward through options
Specify absolute and relative attributes of the first and last cells of selected cell references Press Command-Option-K or Command-Shift-Option-K to move forward or backward through options
Edit chart data
Show or hide the Chart Data Editor Command-Shift-D
Complete a cell entry and move the selection down Return
Complete a cell entry and move the selection up Shift-Return
Complete a cell entry and move the selection to the right Tab
Complete a cell entry and move the selection to the left Shift-Tab
Move one character left, right, to the beginning of text (up), or to the end of text (down) Press an arrow key (when editing text)
Complete a cell entry and select the cell Enter
Move one cell in a given direction Press an arrow key (from a selected cell)
Move to the last nonblank cell at the end of the row End
Extend the selection by one cell Press Shift and an arrow key
Extend the selection to the end of the row Shift-End
Work with editable shapes
Make a custom shape editable Click the shape, then click again
Draw a custom shape with the Pen tool Command-Shift-Option-P
Move a point of an editable shape Drag the point to another location
Delete a point of an editable shape Click the point and press Delete
Add a point to an editable shape Option-click the shape border where you want to add a point
Change a corner point of an editable shape into a curve point Double-click the corner point
Change a curve point of an editable shape into a corner point Double-click the curve point
Reshape the curve of an editable shape Click a point on the curve and drag the control handles
General
Open a new book Command-N
Open a new book from the Template Chooser Command-Shift-N
Open an existing book Command-O
Preview a selection of a book or the entire book Command-Option-P
Publish a book Command-Shift-P
Save a book Command-S
Print a book Command-P
Open iBooks Author Help Command–Shift–Question Mark (?)
Find Command-F
Find next Command-G
Find previous Command-Shift-G
Check spelling Command-Semicolon (;)
Show the Spelling window Command-Shift-Colon (:)
Close a window Command-W
Minimize a window Command-M
Enter full-screen view Command-Control-F
Zoom in Command–Right Angle Bracket (>)
Zoom out Command–Left Angle Bracket (<)
Show the Preferences window Command-Comma (,)
Show the Inspector window Command-Option-I
Show the document rulers Command-R
Show or hide layout boundaries Command-Shift-L
Change the book orientation (landscape or portrait) Command-Option-R
Show formatting characters (invisibles) Command-Shift-I
Show the Colors window Command-Shift-C
Hide or show the toolbar Command-Option-T
Hide or show the format bar Command-Shift-R
Hide or show the glossary toolbar Command-Shift-E
Hide iBooks Author Command-H
Hide other windows Command-Option-H
Undo the last action Command-Z
Redo the last action Command-Shift-Z
Quit iBooks Author Command-Q

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