Keyboard shortcuts

To speed up the workflow when working with Contao, there are several keyboard shortcuts in the back end that allow you to call up certain commands directly. For example, the Save button is always located at the end of an input form, so that it can only be clicked with the mouse when the page is completely scrolled down.

Normally, this is not a problem, because when filling out a form you work from top to bottom. But if you later want to change only a single value at the beginning of the form, the button is not accessible without scrolling. In this case, you are able to access the keyboard shortcut [Alt]+[S] even without scrolling to the destination.

General keyboard shortcuts

The following keyboard shortcuts are available in Contao:

Shortcut Button Explanation
[Alt]+[h] Home Go to the home page of the back end.
[Alt]+[q] Quit Quit the current back end session (log out).
[Alt]+[t] Top Go to the top of the page.
[Alt]+[b] Back Go back to the previous page.
[Alt]+[n] New record Create a new record.
[Alt]+[e] Edit multiple Switch to the “edit multiple” mode.
[Alt]+[f] Front end preview Open the front end preview in a new browser window.

Keyboard shortcuts in edit mode

The following abbreviations are also available in edit mode:

Shortcut Button Explanation
[Alt]+[s] Save Saves the current form.
[Alt]+[c] Save and close Saves the current form and redirects to the previous page.
[Alt]+[n] Save and new Saves the current form and creates a new record.
[Alt]+[d] Save and duplicate Saves the current input form and duplicates the record.
[Alt]+[e] Save and edit Saves the current form and redirects to the child records view, e.g. when creating style sheets.
[Alt]+[g] Save and go back Saves the current form and redirects to the parent page, e.g. from a content element to the article tree.

Keyboard shortcuts in “edit multiple” mode

Further abbreviations are added in “Edit multiple” mode:

Shortcut Button Explanation
[Alt]+[s] Edit multiple Edits all selected fields in “edit multiple” mode.
[Alt]+[d] Delete multiple Deletes all selected records in “edit multiple” mode.
[Alt]+[c] Copy multiple Duplicates all selected records in “edit multiple” mode.
[Alt]+[x] Move multiple Moves all selected records in “edit multiple” mode.
[Alt]+[v] Override multiple Overrides all selected records in “edit multiple” mode.
[Alt]+[a] Generate aliases Regenerates the alias of all selected records in “edit multiple” mode.
[Shift] Select several check boxes Selects several check boxes by holding down the shift key in “edit multiple” mode.

Keyboard shortcuts under Windows, Linux and Mac

The described shortcuts work in this form only under Windows and Linux. Mac users have to use [Ctrl]+[⌥ Opt] instead of [Alt] together with the keyboard shortcut.

In addition, Firefox on Windows deviates from the standard: you have to press [Alt]+[Shift] and the keyboard shortcut.