The Geeky Guide to WordPress – Helpful writing tools in WordPress

As I’ve been doing this blogging thing a little while now and it seemed a good idea to pass on a few of the things that I’ve learned over the five years that I’ve been doing this. In easy and often geeky steps you’ll be taken through the steps and point out the pitfalls of taking your blog seed and growing it into something really amazing.



Call us bloggers but at the end of the day we write. Writers write and they need writing tools. Sounds easy , but how many writing tools do you know about, let alone use?


If we look at the tool bar that visible during the post writing process there’s a fair bit on there. Not by Microsoft Word standards but enough to keep us happy. There’s bold, italic, justification, strikethrough and underline functions. Along with this there’s font colours and special symbols.

With clear formatting, increase / decrease indent there’s enough to do what we need. To find out which are which is fairly straightforward but for guidance hover the mouse arrow over a symbol for a few seconds and you’re told what it is.

But is that it? Nope… If you’re a shortcuts geek then you’ll like this:

CTRL + A                 = Select All

Home                       = Go to start of line

HOME + HOME      = Go to start of post

END                          = Go to end of line

CTRL + END            = Go to end of post


CTRL + C                = Copy selected text / media

CTRL + X                = Cut selected text / media

CTRL + V                = Paste into post / page

CTRL + F                = Find text


CTRL + Z                = Undo

CTRL + Y                = Redo

This is by no means a full list of shortcuts – these are just the ones I use regularly to create posts, get about and find things. Are there any here that are new to you or ones you think I should have included.

Let me know.

What other WordPress issues are you facing? Let me know in the comments and it could very well turn into a post.

Let me know.


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31 thoughts on “The Geeky Guide to WordPress – Helpful writing tools in WordPress

  1. This is very helpful but I have one question: on some other blogs, I have seen a little bar under the post where there is five stars and the readers get to rate the post. Do you have any idea how to do that? If not thats OK.

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    1. I’ve had a look at this and it seems that post ratings are done with plugins, so unless you have a business subscription you won’t be able to do it. But there is also some PHP code floating around that could let you do it too.

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  2. I love shortcut keys, use them all the time. If I can get away without using the mouse I am happy. I still find it strange when I meet people who don’t know the most basic, like copy and paste or save. Last year I met a young lady, about 17 who used the mouse to do all her copying/pasting – all right clicks. It looked almost painful to me 😛

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      1. Knowing this much, for me is a moral victory…..I can Copy & Paste with as much confidence as I can..err… sharpening a pencil 😃

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