Obsidian Keyboard Shortcuts for Windows 11 and 10

Knowing these simple Obsidian keyboard shortcuts will save you tens of minutes every day.

Obsidian is a great app for writers. It has all the features that a writer needs — fast, runs offline, simple to use and now, it has an amazing mobile app too.

However, knowing some common Obsidian keyboard shortcuts improves the productivity even more. For example, Obsidian supports .md (Markdown) and if you have to bold a text, you’d manually need to add ** on the either sides of the selected text. However, if you use the keyboard shortcut ctrl + B, it’ll take much lesser time.

🎯 Also see: My complete writing process

And not just in the Obsidian app, keyboard shortcuts do make the process faster as compared to the mouse. I don’t even remember when I last used the mouse/touchpad to copy and paste things.

Obsidian Keyboard Shortcuts for Windows 11/10

Obsidian Keyboard Shortcuts for Windows 11/10

Some very commonly used Windows 11/10 keyboard shortcuts for the Obsidian app are:

Keyboard
Shortcut
Function
ctrl + NCreate a new note
ctrl + OOpen the Quick Switcher
ctrl + POpen the Command Palette
ctrl + SSave the currently opened file
ctrl + shift + FSearch all files
ctrl + GOpen the graph view pane
ctrl + alt + Navigate back (previous file)
ctrl + alt + Navigate forward
ctrl + FSearch within the current file
ctrl + EToggle between edit/preview mode
ctrl + ,Open Obsidian settings
ctrl + BBold selected text
ctrl + IItalic selected text
ctrl + KInsert an external link
ctrl + ]Indent selected item
ctrl + [Unindent selected item
alt + Navigate to the selected backlink
tabIndent selected item
shift + tabUnindent selected item
ctrl + WClose the active pane

And, not just these you can also add custom Obsidian keyboard shortcuts or Hotkeys in the app. Just open the Obsidian Settings and navigate to the Hotkeys option (as shown in the below screenshot):

Obsidian Hotkeys for Windows 11 and Windows 10

You can change the existing hotkeys as well as add some new ones for the tasks like:

  • Delete current file
  • Split vertical
  • Split horizontal
  • Close active pane
  • Close all other panes
  • Open vault location
  • Use dark mode
  • Use light mode
  • Starred: Star/unstar current file
  • Audio recorder: start recording
  • Audio recorder: stop recording
  • Markdown format importer: Open Markdown converter
  • Daily notes: Open today’s note
  • Zettelkasten prefixer: Create new Zettelkasten note
  • Random note: Open random note

By default, all these are left blank and if you need extra functionality, you can easily setup unique hotkeys in the Obsidian app.

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