111 Time-Saving Keyboard Shortcuts for Social Media Managers (PC and Mac)
Want 20% more time in your day? Use these keyboard shortcuts to do everything faster — from content creation to posting and engaging on all your platforms.
Did you know using keyboard shortcuts can save you hours of time? Holy shift! As a social media marketer, think what you could achieve with all that extra TikTok dancing practice?
But seriously: Shortcuts can help you schedule social media posts, reply to DMs, insert hashtags (without copy/pasting), switch between tabs and accounts, and so much more. There’s a faster way to do nearly everything you need to in a day.
This is your one-stop shop for time management optimization. Keep reading to find out the 111 keyboard shortcuts for Mac and PC you need to know as a social media manager.
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What’s a keyboard shortcut?
A keyboard shortcut is a specific combination of keys that triggers an action on your computer, e.g. copying or pasting a piece of text.
You can do almost anything with shortcuts, including taking screenshots, scheduling social media posts, switching programs, finding documents and text quickly, and so much more.
A study found that keyboard shortcuts are, on average, 18.3% faster than using a mouse for common tasks!
Keyboard shortcuts on PC vs. Mac
Keyboard shortcuts look a bit different on PCs and Macs. Most shortcuts start with the same key: either Control (on PCs) or Command (on Mac). Functionally, this is really the same key — the naming is just different between operating systems.
It should be labeled on your keyboard, but if not, remember:
PC users = Control
Mac users = Command
Sometimes keyboard shortcuts are different between the two operating systems. If there are Windows or Mac-specific versions of the social media shortcuts below, I’ll mention it. Otherwise, I’ll default to saying “Control” below because even though I’m a Mac user now, I grew up the way all elder millennials did: Windows 98, baby.
Keyboard shortcuts for Facebook
Search Facebook: /
Search Messenger contacts: Q
Navigate Messenger DMs (previous conversation): Alt + ↑
Navigate Messenger DMs (next conversation): Alt + ↓
Show shortcuts menu: SHIFT + ?
Scroll News Feed (previous post): J
Scroll News Feed (next post): K
Create a post: P
Like or unlike a post: L
Comment on a post: C
Share a post: S
Open attachment from a story: O
Launch or exit full-screen mode: F
Scroll a photo album (previous): J
Scroll a photo album (next): K
See full text of a post (“See more”): ENTER on PC / RETURN on Mac
These shortcuts work in most applications and web browsers, though some apps may have their own specific shortcuts. You may be familiar with most of these already, but don’t underestimate how much time these can save you compared to clickin’ around.
When it comes to content creation, batching your production and getting your captions, graphics, and links all done at once is essential for your workflow. The faster you can make content, the more you can make, and the better your social media marketing ROI will be.
Copy: Control + C
Cut: Control + X
Paste: Control + V
Select all: Control + A
Undo: Control + Z
Redo: Shift + Control + Z
Bold text: Control + B
Italicize text: Control + I
Insert a link: Control + K
Take a screenshot on PC
Windows Logo key + PrtScn
Or, if you don’t have PrtScn: Fn + Windows Logo + Space Bar
Take a screenshot on Mac
Entire screen: Shift + Command + 3 (press and hold all together)
Portion of your screen: Shift + Command + 4
Screenshot an open window or app: Shift + Command + 4 + Space Bar (then use mouse to select which window to capture)
General keyboard shortcuts for social media managers
Put these shortcuts in your back pocket ‘cause you’re going to use them daily. Oh, the shortcut for that? Ctrl + ↓ = send to back (pocket).
Search text on a webpage or (most) applications: Control + F
Scroll to the next mention of your search term when using this: Control + G
Switch open tabs in your web browser: Control + Tab
Open a new tab: Control + N
Save progress: Control + S
Close a browser tab or app window: Control + W
Quit an application: Control + Q
Force quit a frozen application: Control + Alt + Delete (press at the same time) on PC / Option + Command + Escape on Mac
Restart a completely frozen computer:
Windows: Control + Alt + Delete (same time), then Control + click the Power icon that comes up on the screen
Mac, without Touch ID: Control + Command + Power button
Mac, with Touch ID: Hold down the Power button until it restarts
Switch between open apps: Alt + Tab on PC / Command + Tab on Mac (hold the Command key down and press Tab to select an open app)
Wildcard Google search: Add * to the end of your search phrase to find keywords related to your search phrase.
Search for an exact phrase in Google (also works for Facebook, Twitter, and many other sites): Put quotes around it, like “Mac keyboard shortcuts”
Use Google to search a specific website: Put the URL followed by a colon. Extra search power? Add quotes to find an exact phrase, too.
Search your computer: Windows Logo key + S on PC / Command + Space Bar on Mac
Zoom in a browser tab or app: Control + +
Zoom out: Control + –
Keyboard shortcuts for Hootsuite
These shortcuts can seriously boost your productivity in Hootsuite:
Send or schedule a post: Shift + Enter on PC / Shift + Return on Mac
Navigate Hootsuite in your web browser: Press Tab to cycle through sections—Home, Create, Streams, etc—and Enter to select one.
Quick text phrase shortcuts
On most devices, you can assign a long text phrase to a key or shorter phrase, which saves you from having to type it all the time. Use this for hashtags, answers to frequently asked questions, common DM responses, and more.
See only posts with questions: Add a ? to your search term.
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