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Keyboard Shortcut Settings

In Scribus 1.3.x, the keyboard shortcuts are completely revised. There is still some ongoing work, so the most updated information is here:

Keyboard Shortcuts by Key

See also: Mouse Usage Hints Note: Keyboard Short Cuts are completely customizable and can be exported for use on other machines under the Keyboard Preferences.

Default Keyboard Shortcuts for Scribus 1.3.x

Function Keys

Function Shortcut
Show Help Manual F1
Show Properties Palette F2
Show Layers Palette F6
Toggle All Palettes F10
Toggle All Guides F11
Insert Unicode Character F12 + 4 digit hex value

Control, Shift, Alt Keys

Function Shortcut
Select All Control-A
Deselect All Control-Shift-A
Copy Control-C
Copy Contents (Images Only) Control +Shift+C
Paste Contents (Images Only) Control +Shift+P
Absolute Paste Contents (Images Only) Control +Alt+Shift+P
Get Text or Image depending on selection Control-D
Item Duplicate Control+Alt+Shift+D
Image Effects Control-E
Search and Replace Control-F
Lock Item Control-L
Lock Item Size Control-Shift-L
Group Items Control-G
Ungroup Item Control+Shift+G
Document Information Control-I
Delete Item Control-K
New File Control-N
Open File Control-O
Print Control-P
Quit Control-Q
Save Control-S
Save As Control-Shift-S
Paste Control-V
Close File Control-W
Cut Control-X
Edit with Story Editor Control-Y
Undo Control-Z
Redo Control-Shift-Z
Select All Control-A
DeSelect All Control-Shift-A
Zoom to fit Control-0
Zoom to 100% Control-1
Zoom In Control-Plus
Zoom Out Control-Minus
Smart Hyphen Control-Shift-Minus
Non Breaking Space Control-Space
Insert Page Number Control-Alt-Shift-P
Raise Control-Home
Lower Control-End
Raise to top Home
Lower to bottom End
New Line Shift-Return
Frame Break Control-Return
Column Break Control-Shift-Return
Stacked Objects, next in Z-order Control-Shift-LMouse
Resizing object when other object on top Control-drag
Resize proportionally Control-drag
Move image in image frame without entering frame edit mode Control-Alt-drag
Move frame/group with X/Y constrained Control-drag
Rotate a line or when creating a line, constrain the angle of rotation Control-drag and rotate
Rotate an existing item on the page other than a line and
constrain the angle of rotation
Control-drag and rotate
Resize to a square Shift-drag

You can constrain objects when re-sizing them with Ctrl-drag. Constraining keeps the aspect ratio the same as the original shape.

Normal Keys

Function Shortcut
A Insert Table Frame
B Insert Bezier Curve
C Select (Temporary until the rest are sorted out)
E Edit Contents (text in a text frame, or image location in an image frame)
F Insert Freehand Line
I Insert Image Frame
N Link Text Frame
L Insert Line
P Insert Polygon
R Rotate
S Insert Shape
T Insert Text Frame
U Unlink Text Frame
Z Zoom

Story Editor

Esc Closes Story Editor
Ctrl +W Save Changes and Close Story Editor
Ctrl +S Save File While Editing in Story Editor

Moving and Re-sizing using Arrow Keys

Move item 1 unit (current: pt,mm,in,c,p,cm) Arrow key up/down/left/right

Move item 10 units (current: pt,mm,in,c,p,cm) Ctrl+Arrow keys

Move item 0.1 units (current: pt,mm,in,c,p,cm) Shift+Arrow keys

Move item 0.01 units (current: pt,mm,in,c,p,cm) Control+Shift+Arrow keys

Resize item 1 unit outwards (current: pt,mm,in,c,p,cm) Alt+Arrow keys

Resize item 1 unit inwards(current: pt,mm,in,c,p,cm) Shift+Alt+Arrow keys

Resize item 10 units outwards (current: pt,mm,in,c,p,cm) Control+Alt+Arrow keys

Resize item 10 units inwards(current: pt,mm,in,c,p,cm) Control+Shift+Alt+Arrow keys

Resizing Images in Edit Mode

Alt right arrow, move right side outwards (expand)

Alt left arrow, move left side outwards (expand)

Alt Shift right arrow, move left side inwards (shrink)

Alt Shift left arrow, move right side inwards (shrink)

Selection/Navigation Keys

Shift + Left Click = Selecting more than one object.

Shift+Cursor Key selects Characters

Ctrl+Shift+Cursor Key selects Words

Ctrl+Cursor Up/Down selects Lines

Ctrl+Home selects Text from the Start to the Cursor Position

Ctrl+End selects Text from the Cursor Position to the End

Ctrl+Cursor Key moves to the next Word

Home moves to the beginning of the line

End moves to the end of the line

Ctrl+Shift+Click selects the Object beneath another

Shift+Click adds an Object to the Selection

Ctrl+Alt+Click selects a single Object out of a Groups

Overlapping objects - Control shift select any frame on any level on one layer to select it. Then to move or resize the frame you have selected, hold down control.

You can constrain objects when re-sizing them with Ctrl+ Constraining keeps the aspect ratio the same as the original shape.

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