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Atom Keyboard Shortcuts

This page lists keyboard shortcuts for the Atom text editor that I find valuable and use a lot. Feel free to fork the page and add your own favorites. Pull Requests welcome!

This list is by no means meant to be a complete listing of every available shortcut. It simply lists the shortcuts that I use on a regular basis. For a complete listing of all available shortcuts, consult the Settings > Keybindings page in Atom.

Since I'm using a Mac, I have mainly listed the keyboard shortcuts macOS. Please feel free to add the Windows or Linux shortcuts.

Where the shortcut is provided by a package, I have added a link to the package.


Some general keyboard shortcuts that I use frequently.

Command macOS Windows Linux Description
Preferences/Settings cmd, ctrl, ctrl, Opens the Preferences/Settings view
Command Palette shiftcmdp shiftctrlp ctrlshiftp Opens & closes the command palette
Open File (Fuzzy) cmdp
Opens the Fuzzy Finder palette in which you can search and open files
Browse Open Files cmdb ctrlb ctrlb Browse tabs within the window
Previous Tab altcmdleft ctrlpageup ctrlpageup Cycles left through open tabs (in the active pane)
Next Tab altcmdright ctrlpagedown ctrlpagedown Cycles right through open tabs (in the active page)
Grammar Selector ctrlshiftl ctrlshiftl ctrlshiftl Selects the language the file is in
Markdown Preview ctrlshiftm ctrlshiftm ctrlshiftm Previews the file in the Markdown format
Key Binding Resolver cmd. ctrl. ctrl. Shows what keybindings the pressed key combination resolves to
Toggle Tree View cmdk cmdb
ctrlk ctrlb
ctrlk ctrlb
Toggles Atom's file Tree View
Reload Atom ctrlaltcmdl altctrlr altctrlr Reloads the Editor
Open Link ctrlshifto Opens up a HTTP or HTTPS link
Toggle Developer Tools altcmdi ctrlalti ctrlshifti Opens up the Chrome Developer Tools/Console
Show Available Snippets altshifts altshifts altshifts Shows the snippets available to Atom

Window Management

Command macOS Windows Linux Description
New File cmdn ctrln ctrln Opens an empty file in a new tab
New Window shiftcmdn ctrlshiftn ctrlshiftn Opens a new editor window
Open cmdo ctrlo ctrlo Shows the Open File dialog, which lets you select a file to open in the editor
Open Folder cmdshifto ctrlshifto ctrlshifto Shows the Open Folder dialog, which lets you select a folder to add to the editor's Tree View
Save cmds ctrls ctrls Saves the currently active file
Save As shiftcmds ctrlshifts ctrlshifts Saves the currently active file under a different name
Save All altcmds Saves all changed files
Close Tab cmdw ctrlw ctrlw Closes the currently active tab
Close Window shiftcmdw ctrlshiftw ctrlshiftw Closes the currently active editor window
Split Window cmdk /// ctrlk /// ctrlk /// Split the currently active tab in one of the four directions
Focus Pane cmdk cmd/// ctrlk ctrl/// ctrlk ctrl/// Move the focus to the pane in one of the four directions
Toggle full screen ctrlcmdf F11 F11 Toggle full screen window


Command macOS Windows Linux Description
Duplicate Lines shiftcmdd ctrlshiftd ctrlshiftd Duplicates the line of the current cursor position and creates a new line under it with the same contents
Delete Line ctrlshiftk ctrlshiftk ctrlshiftk Deletes the current line
Move Line Up ctrlcmdup ctrlup ctrlup Moves the contents of the current cursor position up one line. If there is a line above with content, the current lines content will swap with the one above it.
Move Line Down ctrlcmddown ctrldown ctrldown Moves the contents of the current cursor position down one line. If there is a line below with content, the line's content will swap with the one below it.
Find/Replace cmdf ctrlf ctrlf Opens up the Find/Replace panel
Find Next cmdg F3 F3 Toggles forward through the results of the current buffer in the file while the Find/Replace panel is active
Find Previous shiftcmdg shiftF3 shiftF3 Toggles backward through the results of the current buffer in the file while the Find/Replace panel is active
Find in Project shiftcmdf ctrlshiftf ctrlshiftf Opens the Find in Project Panel
Go To Line ctrlg ctrlg ctrlg Opens the Go To Line panel
Go To Matching Bracket ctrlm ctrlm ctrlm The cursor goes to the matching top bracket that the cursor is ecapsulated in
Select Line cmdl ctrll ctrll Selects the entire line the cursor's current position is in
Toggle Comment cmd/ ctrl/ ctrl/ Toggles the selected text into a comment of the current grammar
Column Selection ctrlshift/ ctrlalt/ shiftalt/ Allows to select multiple rows, where the same edit will be applied
Select Same Words cmdd ctrld ctrld If you select a word, and then hit the key combo for this command, Atom will select the next same word for you. Then you can either type directly (which will replace the old words) or use left or right arrow to append things.
Undo Selection cmdu ctrlu ctrlu This undoes the previous selection, like from Select Same Words.
Select All The Same Words At Once cmdctrlg altf3 altf3 This shortcut is similar to cmdd/ctrld but it selects all the matching words at once.
Show Symbols Palette cmdr ctrlr ctrlr This shortcuts opens a palette that lists all the symbols (or functions) in your current file allowing you to fuzzy search and jump lines.
Show auto-completions ctrlspace ctrlspace ctrlspace Show available auto-completions
Fold/Unfold sections of code optioncmd[ and optioncmd] ctrlalt[ and ctrlalt] ctrlalt[ and ctrlalt] Fold and Unfold sections of code
Fold/Unfold at a specific indentation level cmdk then cmd(0-9) ctrlk then ctrl(0-9) ctrlk then ctrl(0-9) Fold/Unfold at a specific indentation level where the number is the indentation depth

Various Packages

These are some packages I find useful, and their most useful key bindings. A list of my favorite packages can be found here.

Command macOS Windows Linux Package
Block Travel up/down alt, alt Block Travel
Beautify ctrlaltb Beautify
Build Project cmdaltb ctrlaltb ctrlaltb Build
Expand Abbreviation shiftcmde ctrle ctrle Emmet
Git Plus Menu shiftcmdh ctrlshifth ctrlshifth Git Plus
Jumpy shiftenter Jumpy
Minimap Toggle ctrlk ctrlm Minimap
Open File in Browser ctrlaltm Open in Browser
Open Project ctrlcmdp altshiftp ctrlaltshiftp Project Manager
Sublime Style Column Selection altmouse Sublime Style Column Selection


apm is Atom's package manager, based on Node's npm tool.

Command Description
apm upgrade Updates all locally installed packages
apm upgrade --no-confirm Updates all locally installed packages without asking any questions
apm stars --install  Installs/updates all packages that you have marked as a favorite (starred) in your profile
apm publish minor If you're developing your own package, run this in the package's directory to publish a new version of the package, increasing the minor version number by one.


A list of keyboard shortcuts for the Atom text editor







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