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Keyboard shortcuts

The keyboard shortcuts that are described here refer to the U.S. keyboard layout.

Common tasks

Navigate the project

Work with text

Select text

Work with framework matrices

Work with tabular content

Work with audio and video

Work with maps

Analysis tasks

Work with sociograms

Common tasks

To do this Press

Undo previous action.

CTRL+Z

Select all—for example, all items in a list, all text in a file, or an entire image.  

CTRL+A

Copy selected text or project item.

CTRL+C

Paste text or project item.

CTRL+V

Cut selected text or project item.

CTRL+X

Delete selected text or project item.

DELETE

Open a project.

CTRL+O

Print project item.

CTRL+P

Export project item.

CTRL+SHIFT+E

Save the project.

CTRL+S

Create a new project.

CTRL+N

Switch between edit mode and read-only mode (for files and maps open in Detail View).

CTRL+E

Move from selected 'codable' content in Detail View to the Quick Coding bar (and back).

CTRL+Q

Get Help.

F1

Refresh the NVivo workspace (Navigation View, List View and Detail View).

F5

Import a new Internal file (document, PDF, audio, video or picture).

CTRL+SHIFT+I

Cancel a process such as a query or report.

ESC

Navigate the project

To do this Press
Open the Files folder. CTRL+1
Open the Nodes folder. CTRL+2
Open the Cases folder. CTRL+3
Open the Memos folder. CTRL+4
Open the Queries folder. CTRL+5

Open the Maps folder.

CTRL+6

Open the Reports folder.

CTRL+7

Show or hide Navigation View.

ALT+F1

Show or hide the Associated Items pane for project maps.

ALT+F2

Open the selected project item.

CTRL+SHIFT+O

Display the properties of the selected project item.

CTRL+SHIFT+P

Open the memo that is linked to the selected project item.

CTRL+SHIFT+M

Move between Navigation View, List View, Detail View, Find bar, and Quick Coding bar

CTRL+TAB

Move from selected 'codable' content in Detail View to the Quick Coding bar (and back). CTRL+Q
Find text in files and nodes. CTRL+F

Go to a specified point in a file or a node—for example, a paragraph, an annotation or a transcript row.

CTRL+G

Advanced Find—find project items that meet specific criteria.

CTRL+SHIFT+F

Work with text

Many of these shortcuts are only available when a file is open in edit mode.

To do this Press
Find text in files and nodes. CTRL+F

Replace text. 

CTRL+H

Apply bold to selected text.

CTRL+B

Apply italics to selected text.

CTRL+I

Apply an underline to selected text.

CTRL+U

Insert a page break within a document, external or memo.

CTRL+ENTER

Insert date and time.

CTRL+SHIFT+T

Insert a symbol.

CTRL+SHIFT+Y

Check spelling in documents, memos and other editable files, and in annotations.

F7

Select text

To do this Press

Extend or decrease a text selection by one or more characters.

Hold down SHIFT and then press the RIGHT or LEFT arrow to extend or decrease your selection by one or more characters.

Select a single word.

Double-click anywhere in the word.

Select a whole paragraph.

Triple-click anywhere in the paragraph (not available in PDF files).

Select a single line of text.

In PDF files, triple-click anywhere in the line.

In other file types, click in the line, then press HOME to move to the start of the line, and then hold down SHIFT+END.

Select multiple lines of text.

Select the first line, and then hold down SHIFT and use the DOWN and UP arrows to extend the selection to one or more lines immediately below or above.

Extend a text selection to the beginning of:

  • A paragraph in documents, PDFs, memos or externals
  • A cell in media transcripts, picture logs and datasets

 CTRL+SHIFT+UP ARROW

Extend a text selection to the end of:

  • A paragraph in documents, PDFs, memos or externals
  • A cell in media transcripts, picture logs and datasets

CTRL+SHIFT+DOWN ARROW

Extend a text selection to the beginning of:

  • A document, PDF, memo or external
  • A cell in media transcripts, picture logs and datasets

CTRL+SHIFT+HOME

Extend a text selection to the end of:

  • A document, PDF, memo or external
  • A cell in media transcripts, picture logs and datasets

 CTRL+SHIFT+END

Work with framework matrices

To do this Press
Create a new summary link that connects text in a framework matrix cell to selected content displayed in the associated view. CTRL+L

Move from the current matrix cell to the associated view.

ALT+RIGHT ARROW

Move from the associated view to the previously selected cell in the matrix.

ALT+LEFT ARROW

Switch edit mode ON or OFF for the current framework matrix cell.

F2

Work with tabular content

Tabular content might include transcripts, tables, datasets, and node matrices. The shortcuts available vary depending of the type of project item you are working with in Detail View—for example, you cannot insert a row in datasets and matrices.

To do this Press
Insert a row. CTRL+INSERT
Move left. CTRL+SHIFT+L
Move right. CTRL+SHIFT+R
Move up. CTRL+SHIFT+U
Move down. CTRL+SHIFT+D

Change from Row to Cell selection

CTRL+SPACEBAR

Place the cursor within the cell

F2

Work with audio and video

To do this Press

Play / pause.

F4

Stop.

F8

Skip back.

F9

Skip forward.

F10

Start selection.

F11

Finish selection.

F12

Work with maps

To do this Press
In mind maps, add a sibling idea to the selected idea.

ENTER

In mind maps, add a child idea to the selected idea.

INSERT

In concept maps, add the selected shape from the shapes pane to the canvas.

CTRL+ENTER

In concept maps, switch to Pointer Tool mode from Connector mode. ESCAPE

Show or hide the Associated Items pane for project maps.

ALT+F2
Edit the label of a shape or idea.

F2

Save a text edit. ENTER
Delete the selected shape, item or connector.

DELETE

Move between the canvas and the shapes pane or Associated Items pane. F6
Move selection to next shape or item on the canvas. TAB
Move selection to previous shape or item on the canvas. SHIFT+TAB
Move the selected shape or item on the canvas. ARROW KEYS (LEFT, RIGHT, UP, DOWN)
Resize the selected shape - increase the width. CTRL+RIGHT ARROW
Resize the selected shape - reduce the width. CTRL+LEFT ARROW
Resize the selected shape - increase the height. CTRL+UP ARROW
Resize the selected shape - reduce the height. CTRL+DOWN ARROW

Analysis tasks

To do this Press
Link selected item to a new memo. CTRL+SHIFT+K
Open the memo that is linked to the selected project item. CTRL+SHIFT+M
Create a new annotation for selected content. CTRL+SHIFT+A
Move from selected 'codable' content in Detail View to the Quick Coding bar (and back). CTRL+Q
Move to the next highlighted reference. F3
Move to the previous highlighted reference. SHIFT+F3
Code selected content or files to new or existing nodes. CTRL+F2
Make a node from selected text (In Vivo coding). CTRL+F8
Code selection at node currently visible in Quick Coding bar. CTRL+F9
Uncode selection or files at nodes. CTRL+SHIFT+F2

Uncode selection at the node currently visible in the Quick Coding bar.

CTRL+SHIFT+F9

Merge into selected node. CTRL+M

Work with sociograms

To do this Press
Move between fields on the sociogram options pane, and move to the Click to Redraw button. TAB
Move between sections on the sociogram options pane, and select options in drop-down lists. ARROW KEYS (UP, DOWN)
To select or clear a check box in the sociogram options pane. SPACEBAR
Move the sociogram options pane divider to resize the width of the pane. ARROW KEYS (LEFT, RIGHT)