Seven of our Favorite Amplenote Shortcuts

Below we've compiled a list of the keyboard shortcuts we get the most value out of. If you're up for learning 7 hotkeys, we think you should learn these ones!

Looking for the exhaustive list? Head over to Keyboard Shortcuts & Markdown Syntax Examples.

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link1. ⚡ The Quick-open dialog

Quickly navigating to a note by typing its title:


Cmd-O ⌘o

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

Using Quick-open search queries to narrow down the destination note.

Some other quick facts about Quick-open:

it favors recently opened notes in order to make it even faster to switch between contexts without using your browser's history

it also works with tag names

you can also use it to quickly jump between Modes without using your mouse

link2. ☑️ Task shortcuts

Marking tasks as Important/Urgent:

Alt-Shift-I and Alt-Shift-U

Ctrl-I and Ctrl-U

Setting estimated task durations:

Alt-Shift-1, Alt-Shift-3, Alt-Shift-6 and Alt-shift-9

Ctrl-1, Ctrl-3, Ctrl-6, Ctrl-9

The Eisenhower Matrix together with task durations influence Task Score in Amplenote. Read more about how task scoring works and read more about clever ways to manipulate tasks using the keyboard.

link3. 💰 Manipulate Rich Footnotes

Creating a Rich Footnote over text selection:




When hovering over or editing the details of an existing footnote, use the Tab key on your keyboard to quickly enter or exit the footnote's context!

Rich Footnotes have earned their name by being able to hold all kinds of cool data inside them! Read more about what you can use RFs for on this help section.

link4. 🔗 Convert phrases to note links

Linking to an existing note or creating a new note from a text selection:

Ctrl-[ or [

Linking to an existing note or creating a new note from a text selection while propagating the current note's tags:


Read more about neat use cases for note links on our blog!

link5. ↔️ Navigate between notes

Navigating to note under cursor:

Ctrl-Shift-. (think Ctrl->)

Cmd-Shift-. (think Cmd->)

Navigate to the previous note:

Ctrl-Shift-, (think Ctrl-<)

Cmd-Shift-, (think Cmd-<)

link6. ↕️ Move list items up or down

Whether in a bullet list, numbered list or task list, use the shortcuts below to move items up or down:


link7. 📆 Create a future daily jot

While not technically a keyboard shortcut, future jot creation leverages two useful tools for the keyboard ninja inside you.

The first one is date calculation:

{In 16 days}
{Next year}

Wrapping common natural language expressions between curly brackets instructs the Amplenote editor to expand these tokens into a standardized date format (the same one that daily Jots also use). Find more examples of date and time calculation in this help section.

The second tool is what we like to call double-bracket note linking:


When using the syntax above, the usual note linking dialog will pop up, with a twist: the currently selected tag will be added to the linked note.

April 2021 edit: Tag selection is now automatically applied to the newly created note (the double-bracket-tilda [[~ notation now excplictly prevents tag propagation).

This means that when in Jots mode, we can be clever about it and combine the two concepts:


In the example above:

when typing the closing curly bracket } the date expression will expand to the next day's date

when typing the closing double square brackets ]]:

A new note will be created and titled with tomorrow's date

The note will be tagged with the currently selected tag in Jots mode

A link to the created jot is dropped in the current jot

Plot twist

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