Keyboard Shortcuts

Would be helpful to have some keyboard shortcuts when entering a batch of Features or Requirements.  Even if it was just a single shortcut for 'Save and Add Another'.

  • Chris Reppy
  • Mar 27 2014
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  • ian miller commented
    April 23, 2015 01:24

    pleeeease we need this.  massive productivity booster to have keyboard shortcuts.  and please remember to include "?" as the master shortcut to see all shortcuts (try hitting "?" in the list view in GMail to see what i mean).

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    Chris Waters commented
    April 23, 2015 01:39

    This is one of the first ideas that was submitted. However it hasn't gained much traction internally. One reason is that it is not clear to me exactly what functions would benefit from keyboard shortcuts. Although I use Aha! all day, every day, I am not much of a shortcut user (I have never used a keyboard shortcut in Gmail). Can you propose what features you would like to access via shortcuts?

  • Ian Miller commented
    April 27, 2015 15:35

    Sure thing. Proposed keyboard shortcuts:


    • Home (1)
    • Unit/Product/Division dropdown (2) - and then support up/down arrows for selection within list
    • Product (3)
    • Strategy (4)
    • Releases (5)
    • Features (6)
    • Roadmap (7)
    • Notebooks (8)
    • Search (/)


    • Add whatever you're on (i.e. in Notebook tab, add new Notebook; in Feature tab, add new Feature) (n)
    • Add global (+) - triggers the top right + menu and then support up/down arrows for selection within list

    That's probably a good start.  Until I use the product more I won't know what else is appropriate to add, but this gets the ball rolling.  I noticed Esc already closes dialog boxes and that's a big convenience.  Thanks!

  • Robert Wood commented
    July 16, 2015 19:01

    A huge one for me is that the Esc key should close the Feature or Idea slideover. It's so natural I find myself doing it all the time and cursing.

  • Shortcut Taker commented
    July 21, 2015 17:53

    I agree that the lack of shortcuts is a huge productivity killer for me.  I use shortcuts all day in gmail and word, etc.

  • Jake Spirek commented
    July 28, 2015 21:20

    Would love to be able to jump to private comments while viewing an idea.

  • Jean-Baptiste Théard commented
    November 27, 2015 15:03

    Especially the cmd+enter to save a comment (on Mac)

  • Mathieu Lampron commented
    March 09, 2016 18:34

    Shortcuts would be a must have for me. In JIRA I can do almost everything with shortcuts. In aha, that is superior in many ways for planning, I can't do anything with the keyboard and have to go back to the "slow" mouse.


    I'm also try to make a Workflow in Alfred using aha API to be able to quickly add an idea (kind of stuff I already do with Trello and helps to stay focused when an idea pops in your head) ;)

  • Josh Whitman commented
    April 08, 2016 18:05

    Keyboard shortcuts are a vital feature in my life, and will be a major influence on my happiness with this product. Our company is moving from a system that is Jira exclusive to Aha, and not having keyboard shortcuts feels like moving into wet cement.

  • st fr commented
    August 18, 2016 22:42

    Any progress on this? Not being able to simply "Add" a task, initiative, etc reduces the usability. 

  • Ed Henderson commented
    August 26, 2016 23:52

    I'm trying to get started with a new project and editing all of the Strategy items.. lack of shortcuts is painful. There are no shortcuts in the editor.. You can get a pretty good editor for an online app for cheap.. I'm not sure what you are using, I assume some very basic (and lacking of any features)  Javascript editor.. Please just upgrade that for starters.

    I'd like to be able to at least add bullet points, different heading levels, etc without having to go find my mouse.

  • Ed Henderson commented
    August 26, 2016 23:58

    After a little sleuthing I can see you are using mce, or tinymce.

    The latest version has a lot of these shortcuts.. so i suspect you just dropped some older version in the tool. I think you can do better!! You are playing in the big leagues now, a low-feature TinyMCE editor is not worthy of your product. Aha! deserves much better. 

  • Ed Henderson commented
    August 26, 2016 23:59

    Latest version of TinyMCE has many shortcuts available:

    PS- I can't edit a post, or I'd have combined this all. Sorry everyone

  • Crystal Peach commented
    September 08, 2016 13:48

    Keyboard shortcuts on pop-up dialogues would be useful (for example, deleting images from a feature, one after the other, triggers prompt after prompt that you have to manually click). Cancel/Yes options would be useful to just press C/Y keys, for example.

  • Rob Brazier commented
    October 25, 2016 03:41

    +1 on this. Definitely need keyboard shortcuts. Reference JIRA, GMail, Workflowy for ideas.

    Key tasks that would benefit from shortcuts:

    * Quick add for features and ideas

    * Navigation (as described in this thread already)

    * When a feature is selected, shortcuts to move an item to another release/parking lot, or opening the edit view for the item.

  • Chuck Burt commented
    August 16, 2017 14:55

    One of the single greatest features of JIRA is the Period (.) action menu.  You can hit a period and it pulls up a type-ahead dialog that lets you search for any of the available actions you can take on the highlighted ticket.  Between the up/down (also j/k) navigation and period, you can do just about anything you need.

  • Ed Henderson commented
    November 19, 2017 20:07

    Using Aha! today to do planning.

    Today, I'm slowed down/annoyed/hindered by the lack of suitable keyboard shortcuts. 
    Get the latest version of mce in there.. keep the shortcuts!

    I'm dying  here.