The Ultimate List of Keyboard Shortcuts in Scrivener for iOS (Bonus PDF)

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Scrivener for iOS keyboard shortcuts list

Though it’s just been released a couple months back, Scrivener for iOS can boast of a comprehensive list of keyboard shortcuts for just about any command and situation you might expect.

At the first glance, this Scrivener feature may seem not important. I mean, what you really need is syncing, rich text editing, Corkboard, compiling, right? Those are the features in the new iOS app that get the main attention.

But once you started really dig into working with Scrivener for iOS, you’ll surely notice how much time you spend tapping on your iPad (or iPhone) screen to open that menu or to put the cursor where it should be or to select a portion of the text. Every command takes a couple seconds, right? And at first, it seems like not a big deal, but after a while, you will notice how much time it really takes to make Scrivener for iOS do what you want.

I don’t mean that it’s a drawback of the app itself – it’s just how touch interface works.

Download free PDF cheatsheet

Want to write your great book faster with Scrivener? Master Scrivener for iOS keyboard shortcuts, having the complete list in your pocket anytime!

Download this handy little PDF cheatsheet and use it on any device or print it out!

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Increase your productivity with Scrivener for iOS keyboard shortcuts

You don’t have to tap your screen once you want to execute a command – use your wireless keyboard and learn some shortcuts.

If you’re using Scrivener for Mac, you probably know some keyboard shortcuts already – Literature & Latte made sure to transition them from macOS version to the iOS app. As the developers stated here, not all the shortcuts were transitioned but those mapped to Scrivener for iOS work the same as in the macOS version. And this is really handy!

Additionally, there are many tweaks to how wireless keyboard works with mobile Scrivener. For example, when editing the index card you can use Tab to move from the title to the synopsis. Left arrow key will take you back to the previous screen in the binder, while right arrow key will open the current folder.

iOS trick to learn keyboard shortcuts (works in any app!)

A little bit further I will feature the complete list of keyboard shortcuts for Scrivener for iOS. You can even download it as a nice little PDF to print out or put into your Dropbox and have open on your iPad/iPhone in the background to check from time to time while learning new commands.

But now I want to share with you a little trick that will help you find essential keyboard shortcuts for just about any iOS app (Scrivener included).

Scrivener for iOS keyboard shortcuts essentials on an iPad

  • Step one, launch your app.
  • Step two, hit and hold down the Command key (⌘) for a couple seconds.
  • A popup will appear with a cheatsheet showing you a list of some keyboard shortcuts.

That’s right, this trick won’t help you find each and every shortcut for the particular app, but some of the essentials will be listed here. You may even find some helpful gestures in the cheatsheet.

Now, if you want to find more keyboard shortcuts for Scrivener on your iPad, I compiled the neat table below.

Ultimate list of keyboard shortcuts in Scrivener for iOS

Use this legend to better understand the shortcuts descriptions:

  • ⌘ Command Key (Apple Key)
  • ⌥ Option Key (Alt Key)
  • ⇧ Shift Key
  • ⌃ Control Key
  • ↑ Up Arrow Key
  • ↓ Down Arrow Key
  • → Right Arrow Key
  • ← Left Arrow Key

Now, let’s look at different Scrivener components where you can use helpful keyboard shortcuts:

Project Screen

There’s only one shortcut, but one that is crucial when you work on your book using more than one device:

  • Sync Now ⌘⇧ S

Binder

Use these keyboard shortcuts to quickly navigate to different parts of your manuscript and perform some important commands:

  • New Document ⌘ N
  • New Folder ⌘⌥ N
  • Duplicate ⌘⌥ D
  • Group ⌘⌥ G
  • Previous Document ⌘⌥ ↑
  • Next Document ⌘⌥ ↓
  • Inspector ⌘⌥ I
  • Compile ⌘⌥ E
  • Save Now ⌘ S
  • Sync Now ⌘⇧ S (This keyboard shortcut is only available in projects that are already set up to sync)

Text Editor

Use these Scrivener keyboard shortcuts for formatting, adding footnotes and comments, and tasks like cutting and pasting:

  • Highlight ⌘⇧ H
  • Comment ⌘⇧ 8
  • Inline Annotation ⌘⇧ A
  • Footnote ⌘⌃ 8
  • Inline Footnote ⌃⌥ F
  • Close Comment/Footnote ⌘W (Available when viewing a comment or footnote)
  • Font Bigger ⌘⌥ =
  • Font Smaller ⌘⌥ – (the last key here is a hyphen)
  • Indent ⌘⌥ ←
  • Dedent ⌘⌥ →
  • Indent First Line ⌘⌃ →
  • Dedent First Line ⌘⌃ ←
  • Align Left ⌘⇧ [
  • Align Center ⌘⇧\
  • Align Justify ⌘⌥⇧ \
  • Align Right ⌘⇧ ]
  • Copy, Cut and Paste ⌘ C, ⌘ X and ⌘ V
  • Paste and Match Style ⌘⌥⇧ V (This shortcut pastes the clipboard as plain-text, stripping all formatting, links, images and other features from the text)
  • Inspector ⌘⌥ I
  • New Document ⌘ N (The new document will be created after the currently edited document in the binder. Your editing session will be moved to the new document)
  • Find ⌘ F
  • Previous Document ⌘⌥ ↑
  • Next Document ⌘⌥ ↓
  • Compile ⌘⌥ E
  • Save Now ⌘ S
  • Sync Now ⌘⇧ S (This shortcut is only available in projects that are already set up to sync)

Corkboard

One of the most beloved features of Scrivener for iOS is the full Corkboard that helps to manage your manuscript like index cards. Use these keyboard shortcuts to quickly create new folders and documents:

  • Deselect All ⌘ D
  • New Text Document ⌘ N
  • New Folder ⌘⌥ N
  • Open ⌘ O (Opens the currently selected index card into the main editor)
  • Inspect ⌘⌥ I (Inspects the selected index card (or the corkboard itself if nothing is selected) in the sidebar, temporarily replacing the binder view)
  • Duplicate ⌘⌥ D
  • Previous Document ⌘⌥ ↑
  • Next Document ⌘⌥ ↓
  • Compile ⌘⌥ E
  • Save Now ⌘ S

If you’re wondering where I got this ultimate list of keyboard shortcuts in Scrivener for iOS, I should mention that I found it on Literature and Latte support page here.

Final thoughts

It’s amazing how little tricks can increase your productivity. Just take some time to learn a few Scrivener for iOS keyboard shortcuts, and you’ll be surprised how fast and convenient your writing workflow had become.

Find it hard to master all those shortcuts? Don’t panic! Jot down the most frequently used commands you want to remember on sticky notes and put them on your monitor or any place you look often.

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Download free PDF cheatsheet

Want to write your great book faster with Scrivener? Master Scrivener for iOS keyboard shortcuts, having the complete list in your pocket anytime!

Download this handy little PDF cheatsheet and use it on any device or print it out!

Yes, I want it!
  • Thanks for the download offer but I subscribed – trying with 2 email addresses – and didn’t receive anything 🙁

    • Dave, I’m so sorry! Thanks for letting me know. Could you send me a note to alex@playingwriter.com with your emails and I will check them? Also, did you receive a confirmation email that you subscribed successfully? Because the link to the download was in that email.

      Anyway, let me know. And I’m so sorry for this situation. 🙁