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Sublime Text 3 Keyboard Shortcuts Cheat Sheet

File menu view in Sublime Text on macOS

Sublime Text is a slick, responsive cross-platform text editor that the developer community swears by. If you rely on menus and buttons to find your way around in this powerful program, you’re missing out on a faster, more seamless experience.

But you can fix that easily by switching to keyboard shortcuts to control Sublime Text.

You don’t have to do much to discover them all. We already have the most essential Sublime Text 3 shortcuts lined up for you in our cheat sheet below!

The shortcuts work on Windows and most of them work on Linux also. With a few modifier key replacements, they work on macOS too. (Swap out Ctrl for Cmd and Alt for Option when you use Sublime Text on macOS.)

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The Sublime Text 3 Keyboard Shortcuts Cheat Sheet

Shortcut Action
Menu Control
Ctrl + Shift + N New window
Ctrl + Shift + W Close window
Ctrl + O Open file
Ctrl + Shift + T Reopen last file
Ctrl + N New file
Ctrl + S Save file
Ctrl + Shift + S Save file as
Ctrl + F4 Close file
Ctrl + W Close Sublime
Windows, Files, and Tabs
Ctrl + KB Toggle sidebar
Ctrl + Page Down/Page Up Move to next/previous open tab
Ctrl + Tab/Ctrl + Shift + Tab Move to next/previous open tab by stack (order they were opened)
Ctrl + Shift + T Reopen last closed tab
Ctrl +/- Zoom – increase/decrease font size
Ctrl + P Quick Open – Show file list of currently opened file
Shift + F11 Toggle Distraction-free mode
Ctrl + Alt + Up Column selection up
Ctrl + Alt + Down Column selection down
Ctrl + Shift + P Command Prompt
Ctrl + Shift + Alt + P Show Scope in status bar
F11 Toggle Full Screen mode
Split Window
Alt + Shift + 1 Split layout to 1 column
Alt + Shift + 2 Split layout to 2 columns
Alt + Shift + 3 Split layout to 3 columns
Alt + Shift + 4 Split layout to 4 columns
Alt + Shift + 5 Split layout to 2 vertical and 2 horizontal grids (4 Groups)
Alt + Shift + 8 Split layout to 2 rows
Ctrl + [NUM] Jump to group where NUM is 1-4
Ctrl + Shift + [NUM] Move file to specified group where NUM is 1-4
Ctrl + K, then Arrow Up (with Ctrl pressed) Open new pane, and move current window into new pane
Ctrl + K, then Arrow Down Close current pane
Ctrl + K, then left arrow/Arrow Right Move to next pane to the left arrow/ right arrow
Ctrl + K, then Ctrl + Shift+Arrow Right/Arrow Left Open new tab in pane to the left arrow/ right arrow
Alt + 1…0 Jump to tab 1..10 in current pane
Ctrl + Arrow Left/Arrow Right Move one word left arrow/right arrow
Alt + Arrow Left/Arrow Right Move one sub-word left arrow/ right arrow
Page Up/Page Down Move one page up arrow/down arrow
Home/End Move to beginning of line/end of line
Ctrl + Arrow Up/Arrow Down Scroll page up arrow/down arrow without changing cursor position
Ctrl + M Move to opening bracket of faction, repeat for closing bracket
Ctrl + R Show Function List and navigate
Ctrl + Shift + R Show Function List without changing cursor position
Ctrl+; Go to word in current file
Alt+ -/+ on Numeric Keypad Jump forward/backwards to/from previous positions or selections
Shift + Arrow Left/Arrow Right Extend selection one character left arrow/right arrow
Ctrl + Shift + Arrow Left/Arrow Right Extend selection one word left arrow/right arrow
Alt + Shift + Arrow Left/Arrow Right Extend selection one sub-word left arrow/right arrow
Shift + Arrow Up/Arrow Down Extend selection one line up arrow/down arrow
Shift + Page Up/Page Down Extend selection one page up arrow/down arrow
Shift + Home/End Extend selection to beginning/end of line
Ctrl + Shift + Home/End Extend selection to beginning of file/end of file
Ctrl + A Select All
Ctrl + L Select Line
Ctrl + D Select current word, continue press D for expanding selection. Then continue in multi-line editing mode
Alt + F3 Select all occurrences of current word, then continue in multi-line editing mode
Ctrl + Shift + L With multiple lines selected – enter multi-line editing mode.
Esc Cancel selection
Ctrl + Shift + J Select lines in this indention
Ctrl + Shift + A Expand selection
Ctrl + Shift + Space Expand selection
Ctrl + Shift + M Select current function enclosed by brackets or parentheses
Ctrl + KU Change selection to upper case
Ctrl + KL Change selection to lower case
Cut, Copy, and Delete
Shift + Delete Cut
Ctrl + Insert Copy
Shift + Insert Paste
Ctrl + X Cut
Ctrl + C Copy
Ctrl + V Paste
Ctrl + Shift + V Paste and match current indention
Ctrl + KV Paste from History
Delete Delete character to the right
Backspace Delete character to the left
Ctrl + Backspace Delete word to the left
Ctrl + Delete Delete word to the right
Ctrl + Shift + Backspace Delete from cursor to beginning of line
Ctrl + Shift + Delete Delete from cursor to end of line
Undo and Redo
Ctrl + Z Undo
Ctrl + Shift + Z Redo
Ctrl + Y Redo or repeat
Find and Replace
Ctrl + F Find
F3 Find next
Shift + F3 Find previous
Alt + F3 (After selecting) Replace every selection
Ctrl + H Replace
Ctrl + I Incremental search
Ctrl + Shift + F Find in Files
Ctrl + F, Alt + Enter Find then Multi Edits
Ctrl + E Use selection to find field
Ctrl + Shift + E Use selection to replace field
Line Manipulation
Ctrl + Shift + Arrow Up/Arrow Down Move line or selection up arrow/down arrow
Ctrl + Enter Insert line after and position cursor at beginning of new line
Ctrl + J Join line below at end of current line
Ctrl + Shift + Arrow Down Duplicate lines (on Sublime 3 on Windows this seem to no longer work, try Ctrl+Shift+D instead)
Ctrl + T Transpose
F9 Sort Lines (case sensitive)
Shift + F9 Sort Lines (case insensitive)
Ctrl + ] / [ Indent/unindent
Ctrl + Shift + D Duplicate line or selection
Ctrl + Shift + Arrow Up/Arrow Down Move line or selection up arrow/down arrow
Code Folding
Ctrl + Shift + [ Fold selection
CtrlL + Shift + ] Unfold selection
Ctrl + K, Then Press 1 Fold all
CTRL + K, Then press J Unfold all
CTRL + 2/9 Fold level
CTRL + / Comment line
CTRL + SHIFT + / Block comment
CTRL + F2 New bookmark
F2 Next Bookmark
SHIFT + F2 Previous bookmark
CTRL + SHIFT + F2 Clear bookmarks
F6 Toggle spell checking
Ctrl + F6 Find next misspelling
Ctrl + Shift + F6 Find previous misspelling
Ctrl+` Toggle Console
Alt + V, then W Toggle word wrap – View – Word wrap

More Tips for Sublime Text Editing

While keyboard shortcuts can transform your Sublime Text experience by themselves, there are many more ways to build a faster and more productive workflow. By the way, you can also use the program for taking notes. After all, Sublime Text has all the necessary ingredients to make a stellar note-taking app for programmers!

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