This page lists useful default shortcuts and key mappings for CopyQ and describes how to change them.

CopyQ is keyboard-friendly, i.e. it should be possible to quickly access any functionality with keyboard without using mouse.

Default Shortcuts


On OS X, use ⌘ key instead of Ctrl for the shortcuts.

  • PgDown/PgUp, Home/End, Up/Down - item list navigation
  • Left, Right, Ctrl+Tab, Ctrl+Shift+Tab - tab navigation
  • Ctrl+T, Ctrl+W - create and remove tabs
  • Ctrl+Up, Ctrl+Down - move selected items
  • Ctrl+Left, Ctrl+Right - cycle through item formats
  • Esc - cancel search, hide window
  • Ctrl+Q - exit
  • F2 - edit selected items
  • Ctrl+E - edit items in an external editor
  • F5 - open action dialog for selected items
  • Delete - delete selected items
  • Ctrl+A - select all
  • Enter - put current item into clipboard and paste item (optional)
  • Ctrl+1…Ctrl+9 - focus a tab in given order
  • Ctrl+0 - focus last tab

Change Shortcuts

To change the shortcuts:

  • open “File - Preferences”,
  • select “Shortcuts” tab,
  • click the button next to action you need to change,
  • press a shortcut on keyboard,
  • click OK to save the dialog.

Create new Shortcut

If and action with shortcut is missing in the Shortcuts configuration tab, you can use predefined ones:

  • open “File - Commands/Global Shortcuts…”,
  • click “Add” button,
  • select command (e.g. “Show/hide main window”),
  • press a shortcut on keyboard,
  • click OK to save the dialog.