Keyboard Shortcuts by Key

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See also : Mouse shortcuts | List and export of all Keyboard Shortcuts

Function Keys

Function Shortcut
Show Help Manual F1
Toggle Properties Palette F2
Toggle Style Editor dialog F3
Toggle Layers Palette F6
Toggle All Guides F11
Toggle All palettes F12

Control, Shift, Alt Keys

Function Shortcut for Scribus 1.5 (when different)
Select All Control-A
Deselect All Control-Shift-A
Copy Control-C
Get Text or Image Control-D
Item Duplicate Control-Alt-Shift-D
Search and Replace Control-F
Lock Item Control-L
Lock Item Size Control-Shift-L
Group Items Control-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
Ungroup Item Control-Shift-G
Paste Control-V
Close File Control-W
Cut Control-X
Edit with Story Editor Control-Y Control-T
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
Zoom In/Out Control-Mousewheel
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
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
New Line Shift-Return
Scale text Alt-Shift-drag
Scale text proportionally Alt-Control-drag
Move item 1 unit (current: pt,mm,in,c,p,cm) Arrow keys
Move item 0.1 units (current: pt,mm,in,c,p,cm) Shift+Arrow keys
Move item 10 units (current: pt,mm,in,c,p,cm) Control+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
Move to start of paragraph in text edit mode on canvas Control Up Arrow
Move to end of paragraph in text edit mode on canvas Control Down Arrow
Move to start of frame in text edit mode on canvas Control Page Up
Move to end of frame in text edit mode on canvas Control Page Down
Resize image while in image frame edit mode on canvas Alt+Arrow keys

Normal Keys Shortcuts

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

Powerful keyboard modifiers actions

Quite standard for Linux applications

  • CTRL + MOUSEWHEEL UP or DOWN enables to quickly zoom in or out
  • CTRL + MOUSEDRAG on the canvas enables to move the current viewport

Specific to Scribus

  • When in Text edit mode : 1) DOUCLE CLICK on a letter part of a word will select the whole word. 2) CTRL+DOUBLE CLICK will select the whole paragraph
  • In the style edition dialog, when selecting a font, a very long menu has to be scrolled through all installed fonts. CTRL + MOUSEWHEEL enables to scroll one whole screen down or up.
  • When in Image Editing mode (double click on an image frame first), SHIFT + MOUSEDRAG enables to rotate the image
  • Not a keyboard modifier but worth noting : the measure inputs in the Property Palette accept mathematical operations (Example : 132+48 for width, or 43+180 for rotation, or even (2*3)+1 for height)
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Good momentum for this with the latest commits for pg-up/down button ( and adding standard OS X shortcut keys (