Shortcuts for Your Pocket Typewriter

Now that Ulysses is also rocking your iPhone, we think it’s about time to dust off our old Shortcut Cheat Sheet and add all the new goodness that came with version 2.5.

We believe Ulysses arms your iOS devices for getting some serious writing done — even more so when used in combination with an external keyboard. That way, there is more room on the display for your text (especially on the iPhone), and you can operate large parts of the app with a number of functional keyboard shortcuts.

Users of Ulysses for Mac will know most of them, although they might want to check out the new ones we have added.

Ulysses for iOS Shortcuts

If you’d like to save the rain forest, don’t print out the cheat sheet – just hold down . Ulysses will show you most of the available shortcuts.

Categorize Your Sheets Using Keywords

When you’re writing a book with many characters or places it’s convenient to be able to filter all scenes starring the same character or place. Or maybe you’re a blogger and want to keep track of which blog posts are rough drafts and which are ready for publishing. In these and many more cases you might want to take a look at keywords.

For starters, you can add keywords to a single sheet by opening the attachment pane with ⌘4 and clicking the tag icon at the top of the attachment pane. This is also accessible as part of the Edit menu (“Edit” › “Attach” › “Keywords…”).

Adding a keyword in the Editor

If you’d like to add keywords to multiple sheets, select them in the sheet list, open the context menu and click on “Keywords…”. If the selected sheets have different keywords, the popover will feature two parts. The field at the top contains all keywords that are attached to all sheets you’ve selected. To add more keywords simply enter them here. The lower half of the popover is a collection of keywords that are only present in a subset of the selection.

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Ulysses Tips: Shortcuts

Depending on what keyboard you’re using it can sometimes be cumbersome to insert markup tags. In some cases the ` is in a hard to reach place or the # requires you to press three buttons simultaneously. Whatever tag causes your fingers to hurt, there is a solution™: Shortcuts to the rescue!

Markup Shortcuts

Right inside Ulysses’ preferences you can assign custom keyboard shortcuts to every markup tag. Open Preferences, switch to the Markup tab, double-click a tag and enter a shortcut in the upper right hand corner. Press OK and you’re done.

Detail view of the inline code markup tag in Ulysses' preferences

Menu Shortcuts

Would you like to attach goals or notes without reaching for the mouse? Do you want to swap the “Three Pane” shortcut (CMD-1) with the “Editor Only” command (CMD-3) because you think it would be more intuitive?

No? Me neither.

However, if you wanted to — we could arrange that too. Let’s say you want to attach goals using your keyboard. Here is what you would need to do:

  1. Open OS X’ System Preferences
  2. Go to Keyboard settings
  3. Switch to the Shortcuts tab
  4. Select “App Shortcuts” in the left column
  5. Click the + button and fill out the form
    • Application: “Ulysses”
    • Menu Title: “Goal…”
    • Keyboard Shortcut: ⌘Up2U

In this case you have to enter “Goal…” because the menu item is located under “Edit” › “Attach” › “Goal…”.

Menu Shortcuts

By the way: this works with whatever menu item you may want to set a shortcut for. You can also change Ulysses’ default shortcuts this way. Just choose the Menu Title accordingly.