Keyboard Shortcuts for Consoles

Last update: 2023-11-06
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Various keyboard shortcuts are available throughout AEM. Some apply to the use of consoles, others to page editing.


The modifier keys required for AEM keyboard shortcuts vary depending on operating system.

Keyboard Shortcuts

The following shortcuts are available for the Sites, Commerce, Screens, Assets, Users, Groups, Projects, and Experience Fragments consoles.

Location Shortcut Description
General Ctrl+Click Multi-select on a desktop device
Console - Column View & Content View Right Arrow Navigate down into the structure of your website / expand tree node
Left Arrow Navigate up the tree structure / collapse tree node
Down Arrow Move down a list of pages at the same level
Up Arrow Move up a list of pages at the same level
Console - Column View Shift-Up/Down Arrow Move up a list of pages at the same level
Esc Move up a list of pages at the same level
Consoles ? Keyboard shortcut help
/ Invoke search
Alt+<Number> Toggle which rail selector option to view
` Hide rail
e Edit
p Properties
m Move
Ctrl+c Copy
Ctrl+v Paste
Backspace Delete
Property Pages Ctrl+s Save

The key combinations are listed with the Windows modifier keys.

Various keyboard shortcuts are also available for desktop users when using the page editor to author pages.

OS-Specific Modifier Keys

The modfier keys used for the keyboard shortcuts vary depending on the operating system used by the client.

Windows/Linux macOS
Alt Option
Ctrl Command

Browsers and Keyboard Shortcuts

AEM avoids common shortcuts already used by popular browsers, however default browser behavior is not overridden by AEM shortcuts.

In addition keyboard shortcuts are the same for all locales and keyboard layouts.


AEM shortcuts do not override default browser behavior.

In the case that conflicts should occur between AEM and browser shortcuts, AEM shortcuts will not function, yielding to browser functionality.


AEM keyboard shortcuts could interfere with screen readers, some browser features, and other accessibility tools.

Adobe recommends disabling AEM keyboard shortcuts when using a screen reader.

Deactivating Keyboard Shortcuts

AEM provides keyboard shortcuts for some of the commonly-used features (edit, properties, copy / paste, showing various side-rail menus, and so on).

For users that do not use keyboard shortcuts or have certain accessibility requirements, all keyboard shortcuts can be disabled.

You can deactivate keyboard shortcuts in two locations:


The navigation shortcut keys for the column view and content tree are always active.

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