What is the keyboard shortcut key for updating a page or post? It could save me a lot of time as rolling down a page draft is time consuming.

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I was curious about this and checked the Codex on keyboard shortcuts, but didn't find it mentioned there.

I searched and found out that this seems to be already solved, e.g. here and here.

I haven't tested out these other plugins so I'm not sure how they solve it, but I decided to take on the challenge and see how this could be solved ;-)

So here's my hack for creating shortcuts for:

ctrl+s : Save Draft
ctrl+p : Publish / Update

with the following test plugin that runs within the after_wp_tiny_mce hook:

 * Plugin Name: Testing ctrl+s and ctrl+p for saving and publishing posts.
 * Plugin URI:  https://wordpress.stackexchange.com/a/199411/26350
add_action( 'after_wp_tiny_mce', function()
    ( function ( $ ) {
        'use strict';
        $( window ).load( function () {
        var wpse = {
            keydown : function (e) {
                if( e.ctrlKey && 83 === e.which ) {
                    // ctrl+s for "Save Draft"
                    $( '#save-post' ).trigger( 'click' ); 
                } else if ( e.ctrlKey && 80 === e.which ) {
                    // ctrl+p for "Publish" or "Update"
                    $( '#publish' ).trigger( 'click' );
            set_keydown_for_document : function() {
                $(document).on( 'keydown', wpse.keydown );
            set_keydown_for_tinymce : function() {
               if( typeof tinymce == 'undefined' )
               for (var i = 0; i < tinymce.editors.length; i++)
                   tinymce.editors[i].on( 'keydown', wpse.keydown );
           init : function() {
    } ( jQuery ) );
    </script><?php });

I added the wpse.keydown event-callback to every tinymce editor on the page, so the shortcuts would be available from there too.

Note that I use the after_wp_tiny_mce hook, as a convinient test-hook on a vanilla install, since we're dealing with the tinymce javascript object. When we ship such a plugin, we should enqueue it from a .js file, as usual.

We could also use the SetupEditor event of tinymce, as mentioned here by @bonger, but here I've added an extra check to see if tinymce is defined, to avoid javascript error on pages where it's not defined:

// Keydown for tinymce
if( typeof tinymce != 'undefined' )
    tinymce.on( 'SetupEditor', function (editor) {
// Keydown for document

We could probably setup native tinymce shortcuts as well.

This might need some testing & adjustments, but it seems to work on my install.

  • ps: just want to mention that if the page is loaded in Text mode and then switched back to the Visual mode, the tinymce keydown event will not fire.
    – birgire
    Commented Aug 23, 2015 at 1:36
  • What's the reasoning behind hooking this to tinymce and not to the post edit screen?
    – Jan Beck
    Commented Aug 26, 2015 at 21:36
  • Good question. Since I'm dealing with the tinymce javascript object, then I thought after_wp_tiny_mce would be a handy test-hook for a vanilla install, where I don't expect remove_post_type_support( 'post', 'editor' ) or multiple tinymce editors on a page. But other hooks would work, but we have to make sure tinymce is defined. But we would ship our plugin by enqueue it from a .js file, in the usual way. @JanBeck
    – birgire
    Commented Aug 27, 2015 at 9:01
  • Thanks for the clarification about your intention to enqueue it as a .js file. I'm still wondering though, why you even care about tinymce at all. Even if your post edit screen only contains a title box wouldn't you still want to be able to save via keyboard shortcut? I guess the question is whether keyboard events happening inside the tinymce are bubbling up into the "outside" post edit screen. Have you tested that?
    – Jan Beck
    Commented Aug 27, 2015 at 10:18
  • During my testing, I found out that if I skip the wpse.set_keydown_for_tinymce() part, then wpse.set_keydown_for_document() will not catch the ctrl+{p,s} keydown events from the tinymce editor. So that's why I bothered with the tinymce in the first place ;-) If that could be skipped, that would be great @JanBeck
    – birgire
    Commented Aug 27, 2015 at 10:45

The question is old, but there is a plugin for this purpose: https://wordpress.org/plugins/save-with-keyboard/


Here's a shorter version of birgire's answer ( and uses no JQUERY ):

add_action( 'after_wp_tiny_mce', function() {
        addEventListener("keydown", () => {
            const updateButton = document.getElementsByClassName('editor-post-publish-button')[0]
            if (event.ctrlKey && event.key === 's') {

editor-post-publish-button is class for save/update button, if you want to trigger something else find it's class and enter it instead.

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