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6 Shortcuts to Work Faster in Shortcut

Erika Carter

Completing work quickly and moving on with your day is more satisfying than completing work slowly and not moving on with your day. If you agree with this statement, please proceed to the next paragraph.

I knew it. We have so much in common.

Time - that indefinite continued progress of existence and events - is not something we want to waste. That’s why Shortcut allows you to get your work done faster so you can move on to the more important things in life like petting your cat, or eating dinner, or reading a book, or just staring peacefully into space, which is intrinsically linked with time.

Below are 6 shortcuts in Shortcut that allow you to work faster and do more of what matters, whatever matters to you.

1. Search

Whether time is of the essence, or time is a flat circle, let’s locate what you’re looking for quickly with the search bar.

There are two categories of search operators available when searching for Stories: Story-specific search operators (which will find results only for Stories), and general search operators (which will find results for both Stories and Epics).

Story-Specific Search Operators:

type:

Finds all Stories of a specific type (feature, bug, or chore). A query that contains more than one unique type operator will yield no results.

estimate:

Finds all Stories of a specific point value. This is a numeric value, i.e. estimate:4. See our Estimate Scale article for more information about point estimations.

has:attachment

Finds all Stories with attachments. This operator only searches for attached files, not anything pasted or uploaded in comments

has:task

Finds all Stories with tasks

has:epic

Find all Stories added to an Epic

has:branch

Find all Stories that have a VCS branch associated (will only find Stories created/updated after 2021-10-10)

has:commit

Find all Stories that have a VCS commit associated (will only find Stories created/updated after 2021-10-10)

has:pr

Find all Stories that have a VCS pull request associated (will only find Stories created/updated after 2021-10-10)

branch:

Find all Stories that have a VCS branch with the given name associated (will only find Stories created/updated after 2021-10-10)

commit:

Find all Stories that have a VCS commit with the given full hash or url associated (will only find Stories created/updated after 2021-10-10)

pr:

Find all Stories that have a VCS pull request with the given number or url associated (will only find Stories created/updated after 2021-10-10)

is:blocked

Finds all Stories that have been marked using Story Relationships as blocked by another Story

is:blocker

Finds all Stories that have been marked using Story Relationships as blocking another Story.

is:story

Returns only Stories in search results.

General Search Operators (Click to navigate):

2. Power Bar

Why click when you can type? With the mouse being half a foot away, you lose precious time lifting your hand, grabbing it, and dragging your cursor around to click. That's why our Power Bar exists: to keep your hands on the keyboard.

This feature optimizes the keyboard experience with more extensive shortcuts, actions, navigation, and search. Either click the lightning launcher or open with a simple keyboard command, activate the Power Bar, and see what you can do. With lightning speed.

Here are some favorites to get you started:

g then d: Go to Home

g then s: Go to Stories

g then e: Go to Epics

g then m: Go to Milestones

g then i: Go to Iterations

g then w: Go to Write

g then p: Go to Projects

g then l: Go to Labels

g then r: Go to Reports

g then t: Go to Status

g then sp: Go to Space

g then se: Go to Settings

g then in: Go to Integrations

sh: Show Keyboard Shortcuts

For even more on the Power Bar, check out this video.

3. Recently Viewed

Recently Viewed is like a time machine. Just like it. Want to jump back to something you were looking at earlier today, or sometime recently? Jump around! Pop Recently viewed open, scroll, and click to open.

4. Activity Feed

Take a time out, Zack Morris-style, and use My Activity Feed to ensure you never miss an update. View activity on the Stories and Epics you follow, narrow things down to comments or mentions, and click in to learn more and keep the conversation going.

5. Spaces

Since space and time are inextricably linked, it only follows that you’d use Spaces to save time. The Spaces page is a great place to see the work happening across different Workflows, and it allows you to quickly view Stories that have been filtered to show you what you need.

Default Spaces can include Everything, Owned By Me, and Requested By Me. You can also create Saved Spaces to quickly view the Stories you want, with only one click. To create a new Saved Space simply add your desired filters, click Save New, and name the space. To share this with everyone in the Workspace, click more actions and then share. Now, anyone can see it here and add it to their spaces.

6. VCS Integrations

Finally, we have our integrations, specifically our VCS integrations. You can set up an integration with Github, Gitlab, or BitBucket. These integrations can be set up by an Admin and are huge time savers. For example, you can link Stories to commits, branches, and pull requests, and use your VCS workflow to move Stories across your Shortcut Workflow.

We covered all this pretty quickly, but that’s because we want you to move on with your day. If you need a quick, timely refresh though, how convenient that there is an accompanying video!

Not wasting time is better than wasting time. If you agree with this statement, now is the time to sign up for a free trial of Shortcut, because there is no time like the present.

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