Keyboard shortcut editor

This extension allows you to edit or remove the default notebook keyboard shortcuts, or create your own new ones.

Currently, this extension supports the editing of any shortcut provided by Jupyter, with the exception of those provided by the CodeMirror editors, since they use a different API.

To edit your keyboard shortcuts, open the keyboard shortcuts help dialog, either by pressing h in command mode, or by selecting help > keyboard shortcuts from the menu:

keyboard shortcuts menu item

When the extension has been loaded, each shortcut in the dialog will show a small dropdown menu next to it, with items to remove or edit the shortcut:

keyboard shortcut edit dropdown

Clicking the edit item opens a second modal dialog, with a text input. While the input has focus, you can press keys to form your combination. The reset button (the curly arrow to the left hand side) allows you to clear any keys you may input accidentally.

the shortcut editor dialog the shortcut editor dialog

If you’d like to disable an existing shortcut, you can click the ‘Disable’ button on the dropdown. This will move the shortcut into a new section on the dialog headed ‘disabled’. You can click the reset button next to disabled shortcuts to re-enable them:

re-enabling a disabled shortcut

You can create new custom keyboard shortcuts using the link at the base of the shortcut list for each mode:

add a new keyboard shortcut

This opens a dialog similar to the editor, with the addition of a select box from which you can select the action which will be called:

selecting an action for a new keyboard shortcut

Limitations: problem shortcuts

Since this editor uses the same key-identification method as the notebook, anything you can get it to recognise should (?!) work as a notebook shortcut, even if it gets represented by the editor differently to the letters on your actual, physical, keyboard. However, bear in mind that key identification is not perfect, (this is a problem on the web in general), so it’s possible that some combinations may not be identified by Jupyter at all. In such cases, the editor should notify you:

an unrecognised keypress

In addition, the handling of shortcuts including commas is currently compromised to the extent that they don’t really work properly, so the editor also won’t accept anything with a comma in it:

commas don't work properly!

The dialog will also not accept a shortcut that would conflict with one which already exists:

conflicting keyboard shortcuts are not accepted

If the conflicting shortcut is provided by Jupyter rather than CodeMirror, you can of course disable it to prevent the conflict occurring.


The extension stores a record of the edits in use in the config, as a list of objects for each mode. Those without a to key denote shortcuts to disable, while those without a from key denote new shortcuts. For example:

// the config object with section name 'notebook' at the base URL
  "kse_rebinds": {
    // command-mode rebindings
    'command': [
      { // disable the default 'space' shortcut, which used to scroll the notebook down
        from: "space",
        action_name: "jupyter-notebook:scroll-notebook-down"
      { // create a new shortcut 't,t' to trust the notebook
        action_name: "jupyter-notebook:trust-notebook",
        to: "t,t"
      { // change the default save-notebook shortcut from 's' to 'shift-s'
        action_name: "jupyter-notebook:save-notebook",
        to: "shift-s",
        from: "s"
    // edit-mode rebindings:
    "edit": [
      { // disable the default edit-mode binding which switches to command mode
        action_name: "jupyter-notebook:enter-command-mode",
        from: "ctrl-m"
  // other config keys may be present in this file!

The extension applies the shortcut edits when it is loaded, and in addition to any shortcut registered subsequently, as detailed below.


The extension applies patches to two Jupyter class prototypes. The method ShortcutManager.prototype.add_shortcut from base/js/keyboard, is patched to ensure any appropriate edits are applied to any shortcuts which get registered after the extension is loaded, for example by other notebook extensions.

The QuickHelp.prototype.build_command_help and QuickHelp.prototype.build_edit_help methods from notebook/js/quickhelp, are patched to insert the dropdown menus, disabled shortcuts and other links.