Lilt Translate is designed with a range of keyboard shortcuts that enable linguists to operate the editor entirely from the keyboard. Mastering these hotkeys will help linguists save time when processing documents.

Hotkeys work across all languages. However, some hotkeys may not always be available for a given document. For example:

  • If the language pair doesn't have MT support, Lilt does not generate suggestions, meaning the autocompletion hotkeys will not be available.
  • If the document does not have any tags, the tag hotkeys will not be available.

Options that are unavailable are grayed out in the header toolbar.

⭐ = most important hotkeys to know

Text operations

 ActionMac hotkeyWindows hotkey
Insert highlighted phrase suggestionReturnEnter
 Select next phrase suggestion Shift+Tab Shift+Tab
Insert full suggestion Shift+Return Shift+Enter
 Toggle case of selected target text Shift+F3 Shift+F3
 Insert non-breaking space +Shift+Space Ctrl+Shift+Space
 Insert line break Option+Enter Alt+Enter
 Copy source to target +I Ctrl+I
 Insert right to left marker +K Ctrl+K
 Insert left to right marker +L Ctrl+L
 Undo last change +Z Ctrl+Z

Text navigation

 ActionMac hotkeyWindows hotkey
 Move cursor one character forwardRightRight
 Move cursor one character backwardLeftLeft
 Move cursor one word forward Option+Right Ctrl+Right
 Move cursor one word backward Option+Left Ctrl+Left
 Select character forward Shift+Right Shift+Right
 Select character backward Shift+Left Shift+Left
 Select word forward Option+Shift+Right Ctrl+Shift+Right
 Select word backward Option+Shift+Left Ctrl+Shift+Left

Segment actions

 ActionMac hotkeyWindows hotkey
Confirm/unconfirm segment +Return Ctrl+Enter
 Go to next unconfirmed/unaccepted segment +Down Ctrl+Down
 Go to previous unconfirmed/unaccepted segment +Up Ctrl+Up
 Go to next segment +Option+Down Ctrl+Alt+Down
 Go to previous segment +Option+Up Ctrl+Alt+Up
 Open comments Ctrl+Shift+M Ctrl+Alt+M


 ActionMac hotkeyWindows hotkey
 Select next tag1 +] Ctrl+]
 Select previous tag2 +[ Ctrl+[
 Select matching tag (in a tag pair) Option+Shift Alt+Shift
 Move selected tag one word left (if character-based language, moves 5 characters left) M or H M or H
 Move selected tag one character left , or J , or J
 Move selected tag one character right . or K . or K
 Move selected tag one word right (if character-based language, moves 5 characters right) / or L / or L

German keyboard hotkeys:

  • 1Select next tag: Ctrl+Alt+9
  • 2Select previous tag: Ctrl+Alt+8


 ActionMac hotkeyWindows hotkey
 Open Concordance +Option+C Ctrl+Alt+C
 Open find & replace +H Ctrl+H
 Open form to Add New Terminology Option+A Alt+A
 Toggle preview mode Ctrl++P Ctrl+Shift+P
 Close TM diff viewEscEsc

Quality assurance

 ActionMac hotkeyWindows hotkey
 Run full QA checkF7F7
 Run batch QA checkF9F9