Keyboard shortcuts

Is there a spot on this website that shows the keyboard shortcuts?

I have found that if you are on a question that contains checkboxes, you can press 1, 2, or 3 to check the appropriate box and press the enter key to "check" and "continue"

May 27, 2012


If anybody is wondering about other keyboard shortcuts: Enter = submit answer; 1, 2, 3 = select multiple choice answers; Arrow up, arrow down = navigate dropdown lists; Ctrl + Space = replay audio; Ctrl + Shift + Space = replay audio slower

August 19, 2015

Is there a key binding for skipping the question? I find it's the only time I need to reach for the mouse

May 4, 2017

I fear not. Unfortunately.

August 16, 2017

Thanks! Helpful answer, pierce!

August 26, 2015

Thaaaaaannnnkkk youuuuu!

October 20, 2015


September 26, 2016


March 21, 2017

Thank you dude.

November 8, 2018 You can find the Help link at the bottom of the page.

June 16, 2012

Do you know what the keyboard shortcut is for the special characters with the umlauts are? I also have to use the mouse for that as well?

May 28, 2012

In windows, install the U.S. International keyboard. You can switch between keyboards with WINDOWS+SPACE. Then, for example, to type è on the international keyboard, you'd type ~, e. It takes a bit of getting used to, since to type a ' you need to hit the ' and then the space bar etc, but once you get used to it, it's almost as nice as the Mac shortcut keys. Almost. ;)

May 8, 2018

I recommend switching keyboard layouts. On a mac, there's even a keyboard viewer.

December 15, 2012

On a mac you use the alt/option key. Option+e creates this accent: ´ and then if you want a certain letter under that, you just type it next so ´becomes é or á. Option+u for ¨/ü/ö/ï etc. Just try option + something till you find the write letter to create the needed diacritical mark.

December 9, 2015

just hold down the letter you want to accentuate, and a numbered list of accents will appear above the letter; then you just select the number that corresponds to the accent you want to use.

August 30, 2015

Not on a computer keyboard. There is no long pressssssssssssssssssssssssss

November 19, 2015

Is there a keyboard shortcut for the microphone to turn it into listening mode for speaking exercises? I always use the keyboard, but to activate the microphone I need to use the mouse. Chrome browser, Windows.

March 19, 2017

I found that just hitting Enter on the speaking questions activates listening mode on the microphone, at least on my Chromebook.

January 20, 2018

The shortcuts list is cleverly hidden from view on the help page, here's the direct link:

September 2, 2015

Is there a shortcut key to display a new words definition instead of having to hover my mouse over the word ??

May 21, 2016

Is there a keyboard shortcut to toggle between English and Hebrew fonts in Duolingo Hebrew?

June 28, 2016

I'd like a button for that for other languages as well... The correct term would be to be able to toggle between Hebrew/Arabic/Cyrillic/Hangul/Chinese/Japanese and phonetic ! I will probably look in to making a simple javascript function for it..

December 12, 2016

Sometimes you need to hit Tab first, before the page will recognise an Enter key for "Check".

December 22, 2018

Is there no keyboard shortcut to start recording? I really think that would be useful in timed practices, as all the other exercise forms have keyboard shortcuts for submitting answers.

March 1, 2013

"Enter" does.

April 18, 2013

Thanks for this. I can almost go through a lesson by just using thekeyboard. Only for the explanations of new words do I have to switch to the mouse to open the hover-overs. Is there any shortcut for that?

November 17, 2013

Is there any shortcut to skip a question? In the timed practice, it is almost impossible to read and translate any longer question and I would love to skip through without switching to mouse.

January 4, 2014

Is there a shortcut to return to the "home" page of Duolingo from a skill page? I could set one for my OS, but I was just wondering...

January 25, 2016

Is this thread dead? The last comment was 11 months ago.

August 5, 2016

I helped myself now and created an Chrome extension, so you can also use the space bar now to activate the microphone (mouse no longer required).

March 20, 2017

I hit some keys, not sure which, and got a screen during a lesson with the initial teaching lesson. I don't know how I got it, and I couldn't figure out how to get out of it. I ended up starting the lesson all over. Anyone know how to get the teaching points to come up and how to then get out of it?

July 2, 2018


February 19, 2019

Is there a shortcut to switch between word bank and keyboard?

March 22, 2019

I haven't seen any, but it would be nice with a list. I would like to know what the shortcut is to replay the spoken parts, it's kinda annoying to have to use the mouse for that when I can do everything else with the keyboard.

May 28, 2012

The little green owl whispered that if you press ctrl + space the audio will repeat :))

January 27, 2013

the problem is that on my chromebook, that shortcut changes my keyboard between US and international settings...

August 20, 2015

yes this happens to me too.

May 28, 2016

same thing happens in Google Chrome for Mac. It works with Safari but I hate Safari :(

March 3, 2018

oh, I found the shortcut for Google Chrome for Mac. Ctrl + fn + Space -> Play the audio

March 3, 2018

Yeah, just hit Ctrl + Space for regular speed audio, and hit Ctrl + Shift + Space for slowed audio.

November 10, 2017


January 24, 2018
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