Keyboard shortcuts & markdown examples

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Most, but not all, of the keyboard shortcuts on Amplenote can be found by hovering on the icon. We will highlight under-documented shortcuts or markdown that aren't exposed anywhere in the UX as of August 2020.


💡 Only need the essentials? Check out Seven of our Favorite Amplenote Shortcuts.


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link📍 Navigation

Shortcuts for moving between notes and linking to notes.


Quick Open: Navigate by note titles, recent notes, or tag hierarchy

LINUX/WINDOWS
Ctrl-O

MAC
Cmd-O ⌘o

Tab or up/down arrows to navigate menu
Enter/return to select
Esc to close 


Create a new note

LINUX/WINDOWS
Ctrl-Alt-N

MAC
Cmd-Alt-N


Visit link at cursor. Under-documented

LINUX/WINDOWS
Ctrl-Shift-. (think Ctrl->)
Ctrl-Space

MAC
Cmd-Shift-. (think Cmd->)
Ctrl-Space


Return to the previous note. Under-documented

LINUX/WINDOWS
Ctrl-Shift-, (think Ctrl-<)

MAC
Cmd-Shift-, (think Cmd-<)


In most cases, you can also use your browser's "back" shortcut, which tends to be

LINUX/WINDOWS
Alt-Left arrow

MAC
Cmd-[


link🔗 Note linking

Create a new or link to an existing note Demo. Under-documented

LINUX, MAC & WINDOWS
Ctrl-[ or [
Available when text is selected


Create or link to an existing note, transferring all the tags from the current note. Read more or see demo. Under-documented

LINUX, MAC & WINDOWS
Shift-Ctrl-[ (aka Ctrl-{)
Available when text is selected


Link to a new or existing note

TEXT
[[Hello world note]]
[[deeply nested/tag hierarchy/Cool new note title]]
[[personal/memories/holidays/December 25, 2020]]


link🖥️ Display & Layout


Cycle through displayed panels

LINUX, MAC & WINDOWS
Alt-[ and Alt-]


link✅ Tasks

All of the following shortcuts apply when the cursor is inside a task.


The easiest way to remember most of the Task Context shortcuts is that the first letter/number of the task context, plus Alt-Shift on Linux/Windows or Ctrl on macOS. We'll run down each of those individually below, but just think of them as the first letter/number.


Create a task

LINUX, MAC & WINDOWS
[] <-- Start a line with empty brackets followed by space to create a task :-)


Mark task complete

LINUX, MAC & WINDOWS
Ctrl-Space


Dismiss task Under-documented

LINUX, MAC & WINDOWS
Shift-Ctrl-Space


Open/close Task Details (and then use Tab key to navigate between fields, Space to select)

LINUX/WINDOWS
Ctrl-.

MAC
Cmd-.


Mark task Urgent

LINUX/WINDOWS
Alt-Shift-U

MAC
Ctrl-U

Alternately, tasks can be marked "Urgent" Using the Keyboard-driven ! Task Commands Menu


Mark task Important

LINUX/WINDOWS
Alt-Shift-I

MAC
Ctrl-I

Alternately, tasks can be marked "Important" Using the Keyboard-driven ! Task Commands Menu


Mark task duration as 15, 30, 60, or 90+ minutes

LINUX/WINDOWS
Alt-Shift-[First number]

MAC
Ctrl-[First number]

Alternately, task duration can be designated Using the Keyboard-driven ! Task Commands Menu


Create a new line in a task Under-documented

LINUX, MAC & WINDOWS
Ctrl-Enter


Paste into a task

LINUX/WINDOWS
Ctrl-Shift-V

MAC
Cmd-Shift-V


Expand or collapse sub-tasks

LINUX, MAC & WINDOWS
Ctrl-,

Works when cursor resides within the parent task.


link🔮 Evaluation (calculator)

Amplenote can evaluate various quantities via the following text incantations.


Math calculation, e.g., 2 314.15 Under-documented

{1+1}
{pi*10**2}


linkDate and time calculation Under-documented


Relative date calculation

{Today}
{Tomorrow}
{Yesterday}


Absolute dates

{Monday}
{The weekend}
{September}
{October 31st}
{Oct 31}


Past and future dates

{Next monday}
{Last week}
{Next year}
{In 14 days}
{A month ago}


Time calculation

{Now}
{10 minutes ago}
{In three hours}
{9 pm}
{21:30}


Date and time calculation

{Today at 8pm}
{Tomorrow at 10:45}
{Tuesday 22:00}
{Mar 12 8am}


link🎨 Formatting

Most of these are available via the formatting toolbar when viewing note content. We've sorted roughly in order of how often they come in handy.


Link or Rich Footnote

LINUX/WINDOWS
Ctrl-K

MAC
Cmd-K

TEXT
[Link](https://www.amplenote.com)


Emoji 😄 🐶 🏀🎉 Under-documented

TEXT
:emoji-name:


Task List

Do this



Do that



Do the other thing


TEXT
[ ] Do this

Tab to indent, Shift-Tab to outdent
Ctrl-. or Cmd-. (⌘.) to expand Task Detail panel
Shift-Ctrl-Up and Shift-Ctrl-Down to move tasks up or down in a list

See also the Tasks section above.


Highlighted text

TEXT
^highlighted text^


Bullet list

Bullet

Bullet

Bullet

TEXT
* text
- text

Tab to indent, Shift-Tab to outdent
Shift-Ctrl-Up and Shift-Ctrl-Down to move items up or down in a list


Expand or collapse sub-bullets within a bullet list

LINUX, MAC & WINDOWS
Ctrl-,

Works when your cursor has sub-bullets underneath it.


Numbered list

Item

Item

Item

TEXT
1. text

Tab to indent, Shift-Tab to outdent
Shift-Ctrl-Up and Shift-Ctrl-Down to move items up or down in a list


Note that ordered lists can begin with numbers other than 1

Type in any number

The list continues

And so it goes

Block Quote

LINUX, MAC & WINDOWS
Shift-Ctrl-> 

TEXT
> text


Code Snippet

LINUX, MAC & WINDOWS
Ctrl-` 

TEXT
`text`


Code Block
LINUX, MAC & WINDOWS
Shift-Ctrl-\

TEXT
```
text
```


Strikethrough text Under-documented

TEXT
~Strikethrough text~


Undo

LINUX/WINDOWS
Ctrl-Z

MAC
Cmd-Z ⌘z


Redo

LINUX/WINDOWS
Shift-Ctrl-Z

MAC
Shift-Cmd-Z ⇧⌘z

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Bold Text

LINUX/WINDOWS
Ctrl-B

MAC
Cmd-B ⌘b

TEXT
*text*


Italic Text

LINUX/WINDOWS
Ctrl-I

MAC
Cmd-I ⌘i

TEXT
_text_


linkHeader 1

LINUX, MAC & WINDOWS
Shift-Ctrl-1

TEXT
# text


linkHeader 2

LINUX, MAC & WINDOWS
Shift-Ctrl-2

TEXT
## text


linkHeader 3

LINUX, MAC & WINDOWS
Shift-Ctrl-3

TEXT
### text


Convert header to standard paragraph

LINUX, MAC & WINDOWS
Shift-Ctrl-0


Horizontal Line Under-documented


LINUX & WINDOWS
Shift+Ctrl+-

MAC
Shift+Cmd+-

TEXT
---


link🤼 Mix and match

Note that you can combine inline styling (bold, italic, strikethrough, code snippets, and links/rich footnotes) to block elements (headers, list items, and block quotes).


linkHere's an example of inline styling applied to a block element

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And here's an example of a task with rich footnote




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