Keyboard Shortcuts and Usage Tips

Typeset is designed to be keyboard-first, meaning you can complete much of your work without ever taking your hands off the keyboard. This way, you can work faster than frequently using a mouse or trackpad.


If you haven't read it yet, check out the Quickstart Guide.

Basic Usage

Typeset is designed for you to create visual content as if you were simply using a word processor. You have full control of Typeset actions and features by using the keyboard and a handful of common keywords. The Keyboard Shortcuts can be accessed by click the Keyboard Icon in the editor.

When creating a new deck, you'll see two windows: on the left is the editor, and on the right is the preview pane. The editor is where you'll type content and commands, insert images, and activate AI-Mode. This is where you'll do nearly all of your work.

The preview pane displays how your final deck will look. It even updates as you type! You can also use this pane to rearrange your slides, select a color or branding theme, and also cycle through different slide templates.

Adding Content to a Slide

Each new project will open with a single blank slide. The first line of each slide will default to be formatted as a slide title, but you can change that by selecting the icon at the beginning of each line.

To add a component within a slide you're working on,  hit the Enter/Return key. This will create a new component that you can set to be whatever type of content you'd like. You can also rearrange components on each slide by simply dragging them either up or down in the editor. The AI-generated slide will order the content in commonly used formats, some things like paragraphs of text will remain in the order they appear in the editor.

Formatting and Adding Specific Types of Content

To change the type of content or formatting you're writing, begin the line by typing out what sort of content you want next, e.g. "bullets", and Typeset will format that line as a bullet list. 


To produce a list of all available components, type a forward slash "/".


Creating New Slides

To create a new slide, either hit cmd + enter, type "---" (three dashes), or hit the enter key three times. Up to you!


You can also split a slide in two at a given cursor position by hitting cmd + shift + enter. Want to play a Reverse Uno on that change? Just use the backspace at the top of the slide to combine the content with the previous slide.


Keyboard Shortcuts

Open the keyboard shortcuts menu by typing cmd + shift + ?

Keyboard Sequence


 Cmd ⌘ + Enter ⏎

New slide below the selected one

Cmd + Shift + Enter  

Split the slide at the cursor position

Cmd + K

Insert a URL hyperlink for the selected text

Cmd ⌘ + B

Boldface the selected text, or toggle boldfacing

Cmd + I

Italicize the selected text, or toggle italics

Cmd + U

Underline the selected text, or toggle underlining

Cmd + Shift + D

Duplicate the currently selected slide
Cmd + . (period)
Toggle the Remix drawer
Cmd + Shift + . (period)
Toggle the full Remix menu

Markdown Shortcuts

Typeset also supports Markdown style shortcuts to help you quickly format text as you write. *Huzzah!*

  • To create a new slide use: ---.

  • To create a title start a line with #, or use ## for subtitles.

  • This also works for inline styles such as bold (*bold text*), italics (_italic text_), strikethrough (~strikethrough text~), code (`code`) and math formatting ($math expression$).

You can also paste in blocks of text with Markdown and Typeset will correctly format it, even for multiple slides separated by --- on a new line.


Markdown Shortcut



New slide below the selected one


H1 title


H2 title, or subtitle

*bold text*


_italicized text_


~strikethrough text~


`code`Format as code
$math$Format a math equation

General Tips

  • Start by creating new slides with titles and bullet points to quickly form a story arc for your deck. Don't forget to use keyboard shortcuts for speed such as cmd + enter to add a new slide.

  • Re-order your slides as necessary by dragging them in the preview window.

  • Prioritize clarity and simplicity and present one idea per slide.

  • Use pictures, videos, or gifs to create engaging content.

  • Experiment with different colors, layouts, and themes to create variation, e.g. break up sections by using a solid color background with white text.

  • For quick access, on your browser.

  • Use the magnifier button on the far right side to adjust the zoom level.

  • Clicking components in the preview window will scroll the editor, bringing the related content into focus.

  • Hit the TAB button on your keyboard to activate AI-Mode.

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