Sway keyboard shortcuts

You can use Sway with keyboard shortcuts to tell your story. Sway works across your devices—you can view and edit your content in a web browser on a PC, Mac, or other device with a keyboard and web access.

Notes

  • These keyboard shortcuts refer to the US keyboard layout. Keys on other keyboard layouts may not correspond exactly to the keys on a US keyboard.

  • For keyboard shortcuts that require two or more keys to be pressed simultaneously, the keys are separated by a plus sign (+).

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Sway keyboard shortcuts for Windows

Using a web browser such as Edge, Internet Explorer, Chrome, or Firefox on your Windows PC, you can view, edit, and share your Sway content. See also the Sway app for Windows 10.

Note: This topic assumes that JAWS users have the Virtual Ribbon Menu feature turned off.

Frequently used shortcuts for Sway in Windows PCs

To do this

Press this

Move from the top navigation bar to the secondary navigation bar to Storyline or Design to the task pane

Ctrl+F6

Cancel the current action, remove the current selection, or exit Play mode

Esc

Copy text

Ctrl+C

Cut text

Ctrl+X

Paste text

Ctrl+V

Delete the selected Card and all of its contents

Del

Undo the last action

Ctrl+Z

Redo the last action

Ctrl+Y

Switch to Accessibility view

Alt+Shift+V

Turn on Play mode

Alt+Shift+P

Share the current Sway

Alt+Shift+S

Zoom In/Out

Ctrl +/-

Navigate in Sway on a Windows PC

To do this

Press this

Move from the top navigation bar to the secondary navigation bar to Storyline or Design to the task pane

Ctrl+F6

Move from the task pane to Storyline or Design to the secondary navigation bar to the top navigation bar

Shift+Ctrl+F6

Open the Insert pane

Alt+Shift+I

Open the Styles pane

Alt+Shift+G

Format text and cards in Sway on a Windows PC

To do this

Press this

Apply emphasis to text

Ctrl+B

Apply accentuation to text

Ctrl+I

Apply a heading style to text

Ctrl+Alt+1

Start or continue a bulleted list

Ctrl+period

Start or continue a numbered list

Ctrl+slash

Add or edit a hyperlink

Ctrl+K

Follow a hyperlink

Ctrl+click

Group all cards in a Card selection

Ctrl+G

Ungroup all cards in a Card selection

Ctrl+Shift+G

Copy all cards in a Card selection

Ctrl+C

Cut all cards in a Card selection

Ctrl+X

Paste all cards in a Card selection

Ctrl+V

Select and navigate in text in Sway on a Windows PC

To do this

Press this

Select a character to the left

Shift+Left Arrow

Select a character to the right

Shift+Right Arrow

Select left, one word at a time

Ctrl+Shift+Left Arrow

Select right, one word at a time

Ctrl+Shift+Right Arrow

Select up, one line at a time

Shift+Up Arrow

Select down, on line at a time

Shift+Down Arrow

Select up, one paragraph at a time

Ctrl+Shift+Up Arrow

Select down, one paragraph at a time

Ctrl+Shift+Down Arrow

Go to the previous word

Ctrl+Left Arrow

Go to the next word

Ctrl+Right Arrow

Go to the start of the paragraph

Ctrl+Up Arrow

Go to the start of the next paragraph

Ctrl+Down Arrow

Interact with Cards in Sway on a Windows PC

To do this

Press this

Select the current Card

Spacebar

Move focus to the next Card

Down Arrow

Move focus to the previous Card

Up Arrow

Expand the selected Group or Section

Right Arrow

Collapse the selected Group or Section

Left Arrow

Move the current Card up in the Storyline

Alt+Shift+Up Arrow

Move the current Card down in the Storyline

Alt+Shift+Down Arrow

Play a Sway on a Windows PC

When you preview or play your Sway creation, use these commands to navigate.

To do this

Press this

Go to the previous image

Left Arrow

Go to the next image

Right Arrow

Exit

Esc or Alt+Left Arrow

View a comparison in Sway on a Windows PC

When playing a Sway, use these commands to control the divider inside of a comparison.

To do this

Press this

Move the focus to the divider line

Tab

Slide left by chunk

Left Arrow

Slide right by chunk

Right Arrow

Slide left by pixel

Alt+Left Arrow

Slide right by pixel

Alt+Right Arrow

Snap left

Ctrl+Left Arrow

Snap right

Ctrl+Right Arrow

Sway keyboard shortcuts for Mac

Using a web browser such as Safari, Chrome, or Firefox on your Mac, you can view, edit, and share your Sway content. Sway makes sure it looks great.

Notes

  • On a Mac keyboard, the Command key is denoted with the COMMAND symbol.

  • This topic assumes that function keys work in the standard way. If you changed this system preference, to use the Sway shortcut, do not press the Fn key with function keys.

Mac frequently used shortcuts

To do this

Press this

Move from the top navigation bar to the secondary navigation bar to Storyline or Design to the task pane

Control+Fn+F6

Cancel the current action, remove the current selection, or exit Play mode

Esc

Copy text

Command+C

Cut text

Command+X

Paste text

Command+V

Delete the selected Card and all of its contents

Del

Undo the last action

Command+Z

Redo the last action

Command+Y

Switch to Accessibility view

Option+Shift+V

Turn on Play mode

Option+Shift+P

Share the current Sway

Option+Shift+S

Navigate on a Mac

To do this

Press this

Move from the top navigation bar to the secondary navigation bar to Storyline or Design to the task pane

Control+Fn+F6

Move from the task pane to Storyline or Design to the secondary navigation bar to the top navigation bar

Control+Shift+Fn+F6

Close a help tip or Sway dialog

Esc

Open and close the Insert pane

Option+Shift+I

Open and close the Styles pane

Option+Shift+G

From Play, return to Storyline; from Storyline, return to Sway home page

Alt+Left Arrow

Format text and cards on a Mac

To do this

Press this

Apply emphasis to text

Command+B or Control+B

Apply accentuation to text

Command+I or Control+I

Apply a heading style to text

Control+Option+1

Create a bulleted list

Control+period

Create a numbered list

Control+slash

Add or edit a hyperlink

Control+K

Follow a hyperlink

Control+left-click mouse

Group all cards in a Card selection

Control+G

Ungroup all cards in a Card selection

Control+Shift+G

Copy all cards in a Card selection

Control+C

Cut all cards in a Card selection

Control+X

Paste all cards in a Card selection

Control+V

Select and navigate in text on a Mac

To do this

Press this

Select a character to the left

Shift+Left Arrow

Select a character to the right

Shift+Right Arrow

Select left, one word at a time

Shift+Option+Left Arrow

Select right, one word at a time

Shift+Option+Right Arrow

Select up, one line at a time

Shift+Up Arrow

Select down, one line at a time

Shift+Down Arrow

Select up, one paragraph at a time

Shift+Option+Up Arrow

Select down, one paragraph at a time

Shift+Option+Down Arrow

Go to the previous word

Option+Left Arrow

Go to the next word

Option+Right Arrow

Go to the start of the previous paragraph

Option+Up Arrow

Go to the end of the next paragraph

Option+Down Arrow

Interact with Cards on a Mac

To do this

Press this

Select the current Card

Spacebar

Move focus to the next Card

Down Arrow

Move focus to the previous Card

Up Arrow

Expand the selected Group or Section

Right Arrow

Collapse the selected Group or Section

Left Arrow

Move the current Card up in the Storyline

Option+Shift+Up Arrow

Move the current Card down in the Storyline

Option+Shift+Down Arrow

Play a Sway on a Mac

When you press the Play button, use these commands to navigate.

To do this

Press this

Go to the previous image

Left Arrow

Go to the next image

Right Arrow

Exit slideshow

Esc or Option+Left Arrow

View a comparison on a Mac

When you play a Sway that includes a comparison, use these commands to control the divider line.

To do this

Press this

Move the focus to the divider line

Tab

Slide left by chunk

Left Arrow

Slide right by chunk

Right Arrow

Slide left by pixel

Option+Left Arrow

Slide right by pixel

Option+Right Arrow

Snap left

Command+Left Arrow

Snap right

Command+Right Arrow

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