Keyboard Navigation for WordPress Posts

One of the topics on the WordPress Forum asked about adding a snippet of JQuery to a theme, the snippet of code was to navigate the posts using the left and right arrow keys.

We were able to quickly create a child theme and test the code and it works well, we thought we would share the solution and child theme with our readers.

Twenty Eleven JS Navigate

The JQuery

We took the example code and created the function lines which are the first and last lines, we also changed the class names to .nav-previous and .nav-next, these are the posts navigation classes.

We created a folder in our twenty eleven child theme called /js/, inside the folder we created a new file called jquery.navigate.js inside this folder, and we add this code block.

   $(document).ready(function () {
      $(document).keydown(function(e) {
         var url = false;
         if (e.which == 37) {  // Left arrow key code
            url = $('.nav-previous a').attr('href');    }
         else if (e.which == 39) {  // Right arrow key code
            url = $('.nav-next a').attr('href');    }
         if (url) { window.location = url;   }

Now we have the JQuery file we need to load this in our themes functions.php, so we add this small block of code.

/* Add the Javascript */
$path = get_stylesheet_directory_uri() .'/js/';
wp_enqueue_script('post-navigation', $path.'jquery.navigate.js', array('jquery'));

That is all there is, we now can navigate our posts with the keyboard arrow keys, a nice neat little function for us to add to our code library.


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One thought on “Keyboard Navigation for WordPress Posts

  1. Hi and thanks for the useful tip.
    I’m looking for something similar that would allow navigating between numerous images within a single post using keyboard arrows.
    Any idea ?
    Thanks and regards,

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