Using Notion keyboard shortcuts makes you a power user. Below, you’ll find the most popular keyboard shortcuts and tricks that can make your experience of working with Notion even more engaging.
Notion Keyboard Shortcuts
You should stay far from shortcuts in life but when it comes to Notion, I would recommend otherwise. Let’s look at some popular Notion keyboard shortcuts that are loved by people in the Notion community.
Most loved and popular shortcuts
Two of my most loved Notion keyboard shortcuts are emoji shortcut and reminder shortcut. Check them out for sure!
1. Add any emoji in-line by typing “:” followed by the name of the emoji, like “:pineapple” for 🍍 or “:rocket” for 🚀.
To make it even more easy, you can press “(ctrl + cmd + space)” on Mac and (windows key + .) on Windows to open up an emoji picker right in the Notion workspace or simply type /emoji.
2. Press cmd/ctrl + shift + l to switch your Notion workspace to Dark Mode.
3. Select text and press cmd/ctrl + E to turn it to inline code.
4. Press *, -, or + followed by space to create a new bulleted list.
5. Press [ ] (there’s no space between the characters) to create a new to-do checkbox. This is often used to quickly write down your tasks and to-do items.
6. Press # followed by space to add a H1 heading, ## for H2 sub-heading, and ### for H3 sub-heading. This is especially useful for content marketers and writers out there!
7. Can’t get a new line in a text block? Press shift + enter to create a line break within a text block.
8. Press cmd/ctrl + Shift + M to add a new comment.
9. Type "/color" at the beginning or end of any text block to highlight the text.
10. Press space to open an image in full-screen. Remember, you have to first select the image. Press space again to exit full-screen.
11. Create a reminder for yourself by simply typing “@remind” followed by a date in MM/DD/YYYY format or by literally typing ‘tomorrow’.
You’ll receive a notification on the set date and time. Similarly, you can assign due dates simply by typing @ followed by the date in any format (no space in between), such as ‘@today’, ‘@tomorrow’, ‘@next monday’, ‘@next saturday’ and so on.
12. Have too many pages in Notion? Pull them together on a new page linking to each sub-page.
For example, pull all your work related pages under a new page so you don’t have to deal with them separately. Simply, type “[[“ and the name of the page to create a link to it. You can also type “/link” to link pages in your workspace.
Other Keyboard Shortcuts
Now let’s look at all available Notion keyboard shortcuts, starting with the most basic ones.
-> Press cmd/ctrl + N to create a new page.
-> Press cmd/ctrl + shift + N to open a new Notion window.
-> Press cmd/ctrl + P to search or open a recent page.
-> Press cmd/ctrl + [ to go back one level of a page.
-> Press cmd/ctrl + ] to go forward one level of a page.
-> Type your text within ** on either side or select the text and press cmd/ctrl + B to make it bold.
-> Type your text within * on either side or select the text and press cmd/ctrl + I (it’s capital i and not number 1) to italicize it.
-> Type your text within ~ (press the key beside number 1 holding shift ) on either side or select the text and press cmd/ctrl + shift + S to strikethrough.
-> Type “---” (three dashes in a row) to add a divider in a page.
-> With text selected, press cmd/ctrl + K to add a link or you can even directly paste the link over the selected text to turn it into a link using cmd/ctrl + V.
-> Press cmd/ctrl and + to zoom in.
-> Press cmd/ctrl and - to zoom out.
Working with blocks
The smallest unit in Notion is a block—from a new line, image, video, list to any embed is a block. These shortcuts help you play around with these blocks:
-> Press cmd/ctrl + D to duplicate selected blocks.
-> Type “/turn” at either end of a block to turn it into a different type of Notion block by choosing from a list of options.
-> Press “>” followed by space to create a new toggle list.
-> Press cmd/ctrl + option/alt + T to expand or close all toggles in a list.
-> Press “ followed by space to create a new quote block.
-> Start your text with ``` (the key beside number 1) to turn it to inline code.
-> Type “/moveto” to move a block to a different page.
-> Type “/toc” to create a table of contents block.
-> Type “/code” to create a code block.
Working with teams
If you own a team/business account at Notion, your team can work together by assigning members to tasks and reviewing each other's work with unmatched flexibility using Notion keyboard shortcuts.
-> Type “@” followed by any member’s name to mention them in a block, table or comment, like “@Ivan”, “@Archita”, and so on. They’ll be immediately notified.
Drop all your documents and files in a page while simultaneously adding comments and discussions to keep the workflow smooth and updated. You can even mention a member using /mention.
Working with databases
-> Type “/board-inline” to create a Kanban board inside your current page.
-> Type “/list-inline” to create a list-style database inside your current page.
-> Type “/timeline-inline” to create a timeline inside your current page.
-> Type “/table-inline” to create a table inside your current page.
-> Type “/calendar-inline” to create a calendar inside your current page.
-> Type “/gallery-inline” to create a gallery inside your current page.
-> Type “/linked” to create a linked database. A linked database is a copy of an existing database that you can insert in-line on any page. Learn more about linked databases in Notion.
Working with media files
-> Type “/pdf” to paste any PDF URL to display in-line on your page.
-> Type “/audio” to upload or embed an audio file from services such as Spotify, SoundCloud, and others.
-> Type “/image” to upload or embed an image.
-> Type “/video” to upload a video or embed a video using a URL from streaming sites such as YouTube, Vimeo, and others.
-> Type “/embed” to embed any supported file on your page. Learn more about embeds in Notion.
-> Type “/book” to paste any URL and create a web bookmark on your page.
Working with advanced tools
-> Type ”/button” or “/template” to add a button that replicates any block combinations you have created. Check out more on Notion template buttons.
-> Type “/bread” to insert a breadcrumb menu that shows your current page position in your whole workspace.
-> Type “/math” or “/latex” to write mathematical expressions.
If I missed a Notion keyboard shortcut or any trick worth mentioning, feel free to send it to me at firstname.lastname@example.org ✌️ and I’ll make sure that you get the mention once it’s up on this post. Sound’s nice? Well, I hope to hear from you soon.