Navigating Brightspace Editor with a keyboard

The Brightspace editor has comprehensive screen reader and keyboard navigation support. You can move through toolbar items with the Arrow keys; use Tab and Shift + Tab to quickly switch between the toolbars and content area. The following keyboard shortcuts are available for both Windows and MacOS operating systems.

  • To switch focus down to the content area, press the Tab key .
  • To switch back to the toolbar, press Shift + Tab.

If a context toolbar is visible, it is positioned between the main toolbar and content area

  • To move between the toolbar items, use the Arrow keys.
  • To move between toolbar groups, use the Control + Arrow keys on Windows, or ⌘ + Arrow keys on MacOS.
  • To open a submenu, use the Right Arrow key
  • To close a submenu, use the Left Arrow or Esc key.
  • To select and toggle toolbar items or open drop-down menus, use the Enter key
  • To close a dialog or a menu, use the Esc key.

Keyboard shortcuts

Shortcut Description Windows Shortcut MacOS Shortcut
Bold CTRL+B Command+B
Italic CTRL+I Command+I
Underline CTRL+U Command+U
Select All CTRL+A Command+A





Undo CTRL+Z Command+Z
Header 1 Alt+Shift+1 Ctrl+Option+1
Header 2 Alt+Shift+2 Ctrl+Option+2
Header 3 Alt+Shift+3 Ctrl+Option+3
Header 4 Alt+Shift+4 Ctrl+Option+4
Header 5 Alt+Shift+ 5 Ctrl+Option+5
Header 6 Alt+Shift+6 Ctrl+Option+6
Paragraph Alt+Shift+7 Ctrl+Option+7
Div Alt+Shift+8 Ctrl+Option+8
Address Alt+Shift+9 Ctrl+Option+9
Insert Link CTRL+K Command+K
Toggle fullscreen CTRL+Shift+F Command+Shift+F
Find CTRL+F Command+F

Brightspace Advanced Code Editor keyboard shortcuts

The Brightspace Advanced Code Editor enables users to view and edit source HTML code.

To open the Advanced Code Editor:

  • In Windows, click CTRL+Shift+E

  • In MacOS, click Command+Shift+E

Shortcut Description Windows Shortcut MacOS Shortcut
Find CTRL+F Command+F
Find next instance CTRL+G Command+G
Find previous instance CTRL+Shift+G Command+Shift+G