Keyboard Shortcuts for Page Editing

Last update: 2024-02-22

Various keyboard shortcuts are available throughout AEM. Some apply when editing pages, others to the use of consoles, and some in particular to the Content Fragments console.


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

Editing Keyboard Shortcuts

Location Shortcut Description
Any edit window mode Ctrl-Shift-m Toggle between Preview and the currently selected mode (for example, Edit, Layout, and so on)*
Edit mode Ctrl-z Undo last change
Ctrl-y Redo last change
Ctrl-Click Select multiple paragraphs
Ctrl-c Copy selected paragraphs
Ctrl-x Cut selected paragraphs, (cut paragraphs do not disappear in the user interface until it is pasted)
Ctrl-v Paste paragraph(s) previously cut or copied
Ctrl-Backspace Delete selected paragraph(s)
Edit mode - Rich Text Editor Ctrl-b Bold
Ctrl-I Italic
Ctrl-u Underline

Once the user starts to interact with the page in Preview Mode, the Ctrl-Shift-m shortcut is no longer available. The user must click the top editor bar or go back to the Edit mode for the shortcut to once again become available.

Various keyboard shortcuts are also available for desktop users when using the consoles, and some in particular to the Content Fragments console.


Editor keyboard shortcuts are always active regardless if the console shortcuts have been deactivated.

OS-Specific Modifier Keys

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

Windows and Linux macOS
Ctrl Command
Alt Option

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