Save with keyboard


This plugin lets you save your posts, pages, theme and plugin files in the most natural way: pressing Ctrl+S (or Cmd+S on Mac).

I’ve coded this plugin because I was tired of pressing Cmd+S and then realize Chrome was trying to save the whole webpage :S

After coding this up, I’ve found in the plugin directory two plugins that did the same thing, but each one had some flaws that convinced me to publish mine.

This plugin loads a small Javascript file (minified if not WP_DEBUG). The Javascript checks the contents of any admin page for save buttons.

It is also so smart that saves as draft unpublished posts/pages and updates the ones that are already public.

Also adds a little tooltip on the buttons that can be “clicked” with Ctrl+S or Cmd+S.


  1. Upload the folder save-with-keyboard to the /wp-content/plugins/ directory
  2. Activate the plugin through the ‘Plugins’ menu in WordPress


Installation Instructions
  1. Upload the folder save-with-keyboard to the /wp-content/plugins/ directory
  2. Activate the plugin through the ‘Plugins’ menu in WordPress
Is really so simple to install and use?

You can bet it is.

Where the shortcut is enabled?

If it’s not a post, page, widget or link the plugin checks for the #submit or input[name=submit] selector (used in for instance theme, plugin and profile).


Very good but ..

Updates posts/pages great but after save the page auto scrolls to the foot of the first (main) text editor field. But I have long pages with multiple text editor areas created with ‘Advanced Custom Fields’ plugin.

Downloaded this hoping to avoid scrolling up to ‘Update’ button and scrolling down again on these long multi input pages. The plugin does the scroll up and click BUT page then auto scrolls to first text editor field (default wp behaviour? i don’t see it in js), so I lose my place on the admin screen.

Thanks, but works 50% for me on long pages.

Can’t live without it

I use it all the time. A tremorless way to save any post. Pity it doesn’t work on some pages (ACF options pages, content area) but still a must-have.

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Now the shortcut works even in visual editor!
Minimum WP version bumped to 3.0


Tested up to bumped to 4.8.2
Fixed typo in tooltip


Fixed stupid bug removing a single ‘!’


Updated plugin to work with the latest WP (3.9.2)
* Refactored PHP to simply add a script.
* Removed globals from Javascript through a self invoking function.
* Refactored to save/publish any page/post/link/comment/widget/whatever.


Worked pretty well, but now it’s awesome:
* removed dependency from external libraries (except for jQuery which is anyway loaded by WP backend)
* enabled shortcut in Themes and Plugins editor
* added tooltip on shortcut-enabled buttons


First version. Should work pretty well already.