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.


linkQuick Open

Navigate by note titles, recent notes, or tag hierarchy. More on Quick Open here: How do I use Quick Open navigation?.


Windows/Linux Shortcut

macOS Shortcut

Function

Ctrl-O

Cmd-O or Ctrl-O in Safari

Opens and closes the Quick Open menu

Tab or Arrow keys

Tab or Arrow keys

Cycles through visible results

Enter

Enter

Opens the result as the main note

Ctrl-Enter

Cmd-Enter

Ctrl-/

Cmd-/

Switches between Note Lookup and Task Lookup

Ctrl-.

Cmd-.

In Task Lookup, shows possible task actions

Esc

Esc

Close the Quick Open menu


linkOpen Peek Viewer

Check out the Peek Viewer: Sidebar for multi-note viewing.

LINUX/WINDOWS Ctrl-J MAC Cmd-J


linkOpen a note inside the Peek Viewer

LINUX/WINDOWS Ctrl-Click on a note or note link Ctrl-Enter when in Quick Open MAC Cmd-Click on a note or note link Cmd-Enter when in Quick Open


Notes can also be dragged from the note list and into the Peek Viewer pane.


linkCreate a new note

LINUX/WINDOWS Ctrl-Alt-N MAC Cmd-Alt-N


linkVisit link at cursor

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


linkReturn to the previous note

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


Increase or decrease the number of panes shown

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.


Most task-related operations can be achieved Using the Keyboard-driven ! Task Commands Menu.


linkCreate a task

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


Alternately, you can press Ctrl-Enter twice on any block. The first press will transform your current block into a bullet list item; the second press will transform it into a task:

LINUX, MAC, & WINDOWS Ctrl-Enter MAC Cmd-Enter


linkMark task complete

Read about task completion: Creating tasks & to-do lists, and configuring task options#✅ Completing tasks.

LINUX, MAC & WINDOWS Ctrl-Space or !complete


linkDismiss task

Read about task dismissal: Creating tasks & to-do lists, and configuring task options#✏️ Dismissing tasks.

LINUX, MAC & WINDOWS Alt-Shift-Space or !dismiss


Tasks can also be dismissed by holding Alt and clicking the task's checkbox.


linkCross out task

Read about crossing out tasks: Creating tasks & to-do lists, and configuring task options#☑️ Crossing out tasks.

LINUX, MAC & WINDOWS Shift-Ctrl-Space or !cross-out


Tasks can also be crossed out by holding Shift and clicking the task's checkbox.


linkOpen/close Task Details

LINUX/WINDOWS Ctrl-. MAC Cmd-. TAB to navigate between fields SPACE to select


linkMark task Urgent

LINUX/WINDOWS Alt-Shift-U MAC Ctrl-U LINUX, MAC & WINDOWS !urgent

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


linkMark task Important

LINUX/WINDOWS Alt-Shift-I MAC Ctrl-I LINUX, MAC & WINDOWS !important

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


linkMark task duration

LINUX/WINDOWS Alt-Shift-[First number] MAC Ctrl-[First number] LINUX, MAC & WINDOWS !duration

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


linkCreate a new line in a task

LINUX, MAC & WINDOWS Shift-Enter


linkPaste into a task

LINUX/WINDOWS Ctrl-Shift-V MAC Cmd-Shift-V


linkExpand 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.


Make sure to type the closing } bracket manually in order to trigger the evaluation of the expression inside.


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

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


linkDate and time calculation Under-documented

💡 Quick tip: date and time calculation works in the Ctrl-O Quick-open menu too! Try it out or read more at How do I use Quick Open navigation?#Jump to a Daily Jot using date expansion.


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.


linkRich Footnotes

Link or Rich Footnote

LINUX/WINDOWS Ctrl-K MAC Cmd-K TEXT [Link](https://www.amplenote.com)

Ctrl-K when no text is selected will bring up an extended Rich Footnote menu, where you can also type in the footnote text, like so.

Pressing Ctrl-K after selecting text will jump directly to the link menu, where you can insert a link to a web page or another note.

To remove a footnote, press Ctrl-K with the cursor positioned on the footnote's text.


Jump in or out of Rich Footnotes

LINUX, MAC & WINDOWS Tab

Tab is the quickest way to start editing a Rich Footnote. When your cursor is over a Footnote's text, Tab enters the RF editor for you. When your cursor is inside the RF, Tab saves the changes you made to the RF and minimizes it for you.


linkOther text formatting

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 LINUX, MAC & WINDOWS Ctrl-Enter 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 list items (bullet, numeric or task)

LINUX, MAC & WINDOWS Ctrl-,

Works when your cursor is in a task, bullet, or numeric list item with 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 ---


linkCreate a hard break/new line inside the current block

LINUX, MAC & WINDOWS Shift-Enter


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




Plot twist

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