Twitter User Guide – Useful Commands and Shortcuts + Cheat Sheet Download

One of the best social networking sites is Twitter. The only problem I have with it is that it just does so many things. While most know how to do the basics on Twitter, there exists some useful commands and keyboard shortcuts that make it even easier and better to use.

Twitter Commands


@usernameThe @ sign placed before a username starts a conversation with the other user. This will place your tweet on the username Twitter page where it will be saved in their replies.
E.g. @maketecheasier This is a great cheatsheet
#The hashtag calls attention to certain words within your tweet. It's usually related to the context the tweet is referring to.
E.g. Are you looking forward to iOS7? #ios #apple
RTStands for “RETWEET”. RT works the same as the Share button on Facebook. Placed in your tweet, it will share someone else's tweet with all of your followers.
E.g. RT @maketecheasier This is a great cheatsheet
DPlaced before a username, it will send a private message to their device, but be saved in their web archive.
E.g. d @maketecheasier Can you send me this cheatsheet?
WHOISPlaced before a username, this displays the profile of that user.
E.g. WHOIS maketecheasier
GETPlaced before a username, this displays the latest update by that person.
E.g. GET maketecheasier
NUDGEPlaced before a username, this reminds the person to update.
E.g. NUDGE maketecheasier
FAVPlaced before a username, this saves the user's last tweet as one of your favorites.
E.g. FAV maketecheasier
STATSThis will tell you your stats, such as your number of followers, number of people you are following, and your bio.
INVITEPlaced before a phone number, it will send an SMS invite to their phone.
E.g. INVITE 1234567

Keyboard Shortcuts for Twitter


There are also a number of handy keyboard shortcuts that work along with Twitter to add into the Twitter User Guide. However, it should be noted that these don’t work along with apps or the mobile browser version (, and there is no way to switch the view to the Desktop Version.

Shortcut KeyFunction
?Opens a pop-up containing keyboard shortcuts.
nOpens up a dialog box to post a new status.
rReplies to the tweet that is selected.
tRetweets the reply that is selected.
mSends a direct message to a user.
/Takes you to the search box
.Moves you back to the top of the page and updates your feed.
g + hTakes you to your Twitter home page.
g + rTakes you to your Mentions (NOT Messages)
g + mTakes you to your Direct Messages.


Twitter has enough tools to become a very useful social networking site. The key is knowing your way around it and having the right tools to do it quickly. It doesn’t have to be confusing, and if you keep this Twitter User Guide handy, hopefully it will no longer be an issue.

Download Twitter Cheat Sheet

Can’t get enough of this? We have prepared a downloadable cheat sheet for you so you can access to it when you need it.

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Laura Tucker Laura Tucker

Laura has spent nearly 20 years writing news, reviews, and op-eds, with more than 10 of those years as an editor as well. She has exclusively used Apple products for the past three decades. In addition to writing and editing at MTE, she also runs the site's sponsored review program.


  1. Very useful and concise. My favorite from this list is the d command to send a private message to the user :D

  2. Agree! Great article (like most MTE articles I’ve seen so far)!
    Problem with this one: Link to MTE Downloads page shows what appears to be the link-images, but none are links – just the images. No way to actually download any of the wonderful collection of sheets listed. Only to sign up for receipt of newsletter. I already get it – that’s how I know about these… How do I activate the actual links for those downloads??

    1. Since you are already our subscriber, you should find the download link and password in the newsletter.

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