Speeding up workflows with keyboard shortcuts

Keyboard usability is usually high on the priority list for any dev tool. For most developers, it’s a more efficient input method, requiring minimum movement and effort compared to a mouse or any other pointing device. It also saves time, and for repetitive / well-frequented tasks, this can bring about a huge improvement in speed over the long run.

When we approached assigning keyboard shortcuts in Postman, we broadly categorized them into three buckets based on their function: navigation, manipulation, and global. Navigational shortcuts help you move around the interface, manipulation shortcuts allow you to manipulate the current selection, and global shortcuts can be accessed from anywhere.

With the new shortcuts structure, we wanted to make it easier for a user to navigate quickly between elements. Let’s take the simple example of opening and sending a series of saved requests. Without a shortcut, a user would have to select a request in the sidebar using their pointer every time they wanted to open it in a tab. With the CMD/CTRL + ALT + 1 shortcut, you can now focus the sidebar from wherever you are in the interface. You can then navigate to the desired request using the arrow keys. Combine this with CMD/CTRL + Enter to send a number of requests in a matter of a few seconds.

A few of the really popular top-level navigation shortcuts:

CMD/CTRL + ALT + 1
Focus Sidebar
CMD/CTRL + ALT + 2Focus Builder
CMD/CTRL + 1/2/3/…nFocus on nth tab
CMD/CTRL + SHIFT +Switch between tabs

The sidebar comes with its own easy navigation shortcuts:

Move to next item
Move to previous item
Expand collection / folder
Collapse collection / folder
SHIFT + ↓Select current AND next item
SHIFT + ↑Select current AND previous item
CMD/CTRL + FSearch sidebar
EnterOpen request in a tab

Manipulation Shortcuts

Manipulation shortcuts allow you to quickly work on your current selection and perform actions such as edit, delete, and duplicate. Combined with navigational shortcuts, this makes creating and organizing collections in your sidebar a breeze. These shortcuts can also be used in other list views such as our new data editor.

Some of the manipulation shortcuts that might interest you:

CMD/CTRL + CCopy
CMD/CTRL + VPaste
DELDelete
CMD/CTRL + DDuplicate
CMD/CTRL + EEdit / Rename

Global Shortcuts

Global shortcuts are used for important actions so that they can be accessed irrespective of the element in focus. Actions on your selected tab, like Save (CMD/CTRL + S), Save As (CMD/CTRL + Shift + S) and Send Request (CMD/CTRL + Enter) all follow this pattern. Global shortcuts can also be used to perform UI actions like toggling the sidebar (CMD/CTRL + \), Jump to URL (CMD/CTRL + L), and Open Console (CMD/CTRL + Alt + C).

Different operating systems will have different shortcuts. You can always view a complete list of your operating system’s shortcuts by navigating to the Settings modal.

These are just a few shortcuts to get you started, and we would love feedback on additional shortcuts we can introduce to improve your workflows! We know that a standard set of shortcuts can never meet everyone’s expectations, and we’re working on allowing users to add their own custom key bindings to these shortcuts. Stay tuned for more!

Also, visit our Learning Center for more documentation on our Keyboard Shortcuts in the Postman app.

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5 thoughts on “Speeding up workflows with keyboard shortcuts

  • (Postman keyboard shortcuts PDF format for windows is available?



  • Vijay

    Loosing cursor focus on request when navigatiing different applications



  • Ory Zaidenvorm

    This is very useful. There should definitely be a single page in Learning Centre specifying all the keyboard shortcut in one place.



  • Yasin Uslu

    This is all nice but I would really love to be able to change the shortcuts. I think sending requests with (CMD/CTRL + Enter) is not very useful.

    Imagine the scenario, my left hand is on the keyboard and my right hand is on the mouse/trackpad. I select “Request 1” with mouse, then I want to send a request immediately. Now “I have to” move my right hand from mouse to keyboard and press “Enter” and then move it back to the mouse and select “Request 2” and do it again. Repeat this 4-5 times and it accumulates to a fair amount of frustration in one’s mind. When this kind of glitch stacks in your development workflow, it breaks your flow state pretty easily. Now if I could send the request using something like “(CMD/CTRL + R)” this wouldn’t happen. Then I would never have to travel my right hand just to send a request.

    So you might not agree with my argument and prefer “(CMD/CTRL + Enter)” shortcut, so please at least allow us to customize these shortcuts so that everybody can be happy.



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