Desk pinup mind map of the popular FrameMaker keyboard shortcuts

Memorize these popular keyboard shortcuts to boost your productivity when authoring in Adobe FrameMaker. Print this PDF and pin it to your workstation to use as a ready reckoner.

FrameMaker keyboard shortcuts reference

For specific keyboard shortcuts for Structured FM, use this desk pinup.
For a complete list of FM shortcuts, see this official help article.


Desk pinup of Adobe FrameMaker keyboard shortcuts for typical structured FM tasks

I am sharing the desk pinup that I use to refer to the keyboard shortcuts for authoring in structured FrameMaker. This PDF is print-ready for A4 printers. If you wish to include modify the listed shortcuts, use this spreadsheet to edit and then print.

Common structured FM shortcuts desk pinup

The above file contains a small subset of all the supported shortcuts and includes the shortcuts for the commands I use frequently. I suppose a good number of these commands are popular with other users. Just print it and stick to your desk, to quickly refer to and learn the popular shortcuts.

For shortcuts of broader tasks, including unstructured FM, see my other post titled Desk pinup mind map of the popular FrameMaker keyboard shortcuts.

Keyboard shortcuts of project management platform Trello

Trello is one of the best web-based project management platform.

It is quite user-friendly and the neat keyboard shortcuts enhance its usability even further. A complete list is available at In the demo below, I have covered the most relevant and useful shortcuts.

Shortcuts covered in the demo are:

  1. Use all 4 arrows keys to navigate between cards.
  2. Pressing “n” opens a pop-over that allows you to add a card after the currently selected card.
  3. Pressing the left or right angle brackets (< and >) will move a card to the adjacent left or right list.
  4. Pressing “m” opens the add / remove members menu. Clicking a member’s avatar will assign or unassign that person.
  5. Pressing “d” will open the due date picker for a card.
  6. Pressing “l” opens available labels. Press a label’s number to apply the label.

The best keyboard shortcut I like: Press ‘q’ to view only your cards. This applies a filter. Press ‘x’ to remove this (and any other) filters applied.

Insert Adobe FrameMaker elements using keyboard

While using  structured FrameMaker we normally insert elements, and wrap and unwrap elements around text using the UI–the catalogs and the menu items. This takes a few clicks to insert an element. It is slow, involves using both, the keyboard and the mouse, and requires us to focus on what’s happening in the UI. So how does one get rid of all these nuisances?

There are a ton of keyboard shortcuts in Adobe FrameMaker which help us authors accomplish almost all the tasks. Watch the Captivate demo below to know how to quickly handle elements, with the help of these shortcuts.

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