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Keyboard shortcuts for Illustrator on the web

  1. Illustrator User Guide
  2. Get to know Illustrator
    1. Introduction to Illustrator
      1. What's new in Illustrator
      2. Common questions
      3. Illustrator system requirements
      4. Illustrator for Apple silicon
    2. Workspace
      1. Workspace basics
      2. Learn faster with the Illustrator Discover panel
      3. Create documents
      4. Toolbar
      5. Default keyboard shortcuts
      6. Customize keyboard shortcuts
      7. Introduction to artboards
      8. Manage artboards
      9. Customize the workspace
      10. Properties panel
      11. Set preferences
      12. Touch Workspace
      13. Microsoft Surface Dial support in Illustrator
      14. Undo edits and manage design history
      15. Rotate view
      16. Rulers, grids, and guides
      17. Accessibility in Illustrator
      18. Safe Mode
      19. View artwork
      20. Use the Touch Bar with Illustrator
      21. Files and templates
    3. Tools in Illustrator
      1. Tools at a glance
      2. Select tools
        1. Selection
        2. Direct Selection
        3. Group Selection
        4. Magic Wand
        5. Lasso
        6. Artboard
      3. Navigate tools
        1. Hand
        2. Rotate View
        3. Zoom
      4. Paint tools
        1. Gradient
        2. Mesh
        3. Shape Builder
      5. Text tools
        1. Type
        2. Type on a Path
        3. Vertical Type
      6. Draw tools
        1. Pen
        2. Add Anchor Point
        3. Delete Anchor Point
        4. Anchor Point
        5. Curvature
        6. Line Segment
        7. Rectangle
        8. Rounded Rectangle
        9. Ellipse
        10. Polygon
        11. Star
        12. Paintbrush
        13. Blob Brush
        14. Pencil
        15. Shaper
        16. Slice
      7. Modify tools
        1. Rotate
        2. Reflect
        3. Scale
        4. Shear
        5. Width
        6. Free Transform
        7. Eyedropper
        8. Blend
        9. Eraser
        10. Scissors
        11. Dimension
    4. Generative AI (not available in mainland China)
      1. Generate a vector graphic using a text prompt
      2. Recolor your artwork using a text prompt
    5. Quick actions
      1. Retro text
      2. Neon glow text
      3. Old school text
      4. Recolor
      5. Convert sketch to vector
  3. Illustrator on the web (beta)
    1. Illustrator on the web (beta) overview
    2. Illustrator on the web (beta) FAQ
    3. Troubleshooting issues FAQ
    4. Keyboard shortcuts for Illustrator on the web (beta)
    5. Create and combine shapes on the web
    6. Add and edit text on the web
    7. Apply colors and gradients on the web
    8. Draw and edit paths on the web
    9. Work with cloud documents on the web
    10. Invite collaborators to edit on the web
  4. Illustrator on the iPad
    1. Introduction to Illustrator on the iPad
      1. Illustrator on the iPad overview
      2. Illustrator on the iPad FAQs
      3. System requirements | Illustrator on the iPad
      4. What you can or cannot do on Illustrator on the iPad
    2. Workspace
      1. Illustrator on the iPad workspace
      2. Touch shortcuts and gestures
      3. Keyboard shortcuts for Illustrator on the iPad
      4. Manage your app settings
    3. Documents
      1. Work with documents in Illustrator on the iPad
      2. Import Photoshop and Fresco documents
    4. Select and arrange objects
      1. Create repeat objects
      2. Blend objects
    5. Drawing
      1. Draw and edit paths
      2. Draw and edit shapes
    6. Type
      1. Work with type and fonts
      2. Create text designs along a path
      3. Add your own fonts
    7. Work with images
      1. Vectorize raster images
    8. Color
      1. Apply colors and gradients
  5. Cloud documents
    1. Basics
      1. Work with Illustrator cloud documents
      2. Share and collaborate on Illustrator cloud documents
      3. Share documents for review
      4. Upgrade cloud storage for Adobe Illustrator
      5. Illustrator cloud documents | Common questions
    2. Troubleshooting
      1. Troubleshoot create or save issues for Illustrator cloud documents
      2. Troubleshoot Illustrator cloud documents issues
  6. Add and edit content
    1. Drawing and dimensioning
      1. Drawing basics
      2. Edit paths
      3. Draw pixel-perfect art
      4. Draw with the Pen, Curvature, or Pencil tool
      5. Draw simple lines and shapes
      6. Draw rectangular and polar grids
      7. Draw and edit flares
      8. Image Trace
      9. Simplify a path
      10. Symbolism tools and symbol sets
      11. Adjust path segments
      12. Design a flower in 5 easy steps
      13. Create and edit a perspective grid
      14. Draw and modify objects on a perspective grid
      15. Use objects as symbols for repeat use
      16. Draw pixel-aligned paths for web workflows
      17. Measure and plot dimensions
    2. 3D objects and materials
      1. About 3D effects in Illustrator
      2. Create 3D graphics
      3. Map artwork over 3D objects
      4. Create 3D Text
      5. Create 3D objects
    3. Color
      1. About color
      2. Select colors
      3. Use and create swatches
      4. Adjust colors
      5. Use the Adobe Color Themes panel
      6. Color groups (harmonies)
      7. Color Themes panel
      8. Recolor your artwork
    4. Painting
      1. About painting
      2. Paint with fills and strokes
      3. Live Paint groups
      4. Gradients
      5. Brushes
      6. Transparency and blending modes
      7. Apply stroke on an object
      8. Create and edit patterns
      9. Meshes
      10. Patterns
    5. Select and arrange objects
      1. Select objects
      2. Layers
      3. Group and expand objects
      4. Move, align, and distribute objects
      5. Stack objects    
      6. Lock, hide, and delete objects
      7. Copy and duplicate objects
      8. Rotate and reflect objects
      9. Intertwine objects
      10. Create realistic art mockups
    6. Reshape objects
      1. Crop images
      2. Transform objects
      3. Combine objects
      4. Cut, divide, and trim objects
      5. Puppet Warp
      6. Scale, shear, and distort objects
      7. Blend objects
      8. Reshape using envelopes
      9. Reshape objects with effects
      10. Build new shapes with Shaper and Shape Builder tools
      11. Work with Live Corners
      12. Enhanced reshape workflows with touch support
      13. Edit clipping masks
      14. Live shapes
      15. Create shapes using the Shape Builder tool
      16. Global editing
    7. Type
      1. Add text and work with type objects
      2. Create bulleted and numbered lists
      3. Manage text area
      4. Fonts and typography
      5. Convert text within images into editable text
      6. Add basic formatting to text
      7. Add advanced formatting to text
      8. Import and export text
      9. Format paragraphs
      10. Special characters
      11. Create type on a path
      12. Character and paragraph styles
      13. Tabs
      14. Find missing fonts (Typekit workflow)
      15. Arabic and Hebrew type
      16. Fonts | FAQ and troubleshooting tips
      17. Create 3D text effect
      18. Creative typography designs
      19. Scale and rotate type
      20. Line and character spacing
      21. Hyphenation and line breaks
      22. Spelling and language dictionaries
      23. Format Asian characters
      24. Composers for Asian scripts
      25. Create text designs with blend objects
      26. Create a text poster using Image Trace
    8. Create special effects
      1. Work with effects
      2. Graphic styles
      3. Appearance attributes
      4. Create sketches and mosaics
      5. Drop shadows, glows, and feathering
      6. Summary of effects
    9. Web graphics
      1. Best practices for creating web graphics
      2. Graphs
      3. SVG
      4. Slices and image maps
  7. Import, export, and save
    1. Import
      1. Place multiple files
      2. Manage linked and embedded files
      3. Links information
      4. Unembed images
      5. Import artwork from Photoshop
      6. Import bitmap images
      7. Import Adobe PDF files
      8. Import EPS, DCS, and AutoCAD files
    2. Creative Cloud Libraries in Illustrator 
      1. Creative Cloud Libraries in Illustrator
    3. Save
      1. Save artwork
    4. Export
      1. Use Illustrator artwork in Photoshop
      2. Export artwork
      3. Collect assets and export in batches
      4. Package files
      5. Create Adobe PDF files
      6. Extract CSS | Illustrator CC
      7. Adobe PDF options
      8. Document info panel
  8. Printing
    1. Prepare for printing
      1. Set up documents for printing
      2. Change the page size and orientation
      3. Specify crop marks for trimming or aligning
      4. Get started with large canvas
    2. Printing
      1. Overprint
      2. Print with color management
      3. PostScript printing
      4. Print presets
      5. Printer's marks and bleeds
      6. Print and save transparent artwork
      7. Trapping
      8. Print color separations
      9. Print gradients, meshes, and color blends
      10. White Overprint
  9. Automate tasks
    1. Data merge using the Variables panel
    2. Automation with scripts
    3. Automation with actions
  10. Troubleshooting 
    1. Known issues
    2. Crash issues
    3. Recover files after crash
    4. File issues
    5. Supported file formats
    6. GPU device driver issues
    7. Wacom device issues
    8. DLL file issues
    9. Memory issues
    10. Preferences file issues
    11. Font issues
    12. Printer issues
    13. Share crash report with Adobe
    14. Improve Illustrator performance

Learn various keyboard shortcuts to improve your productivity while working on Illustrator on the web (beta).

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Illustrator on the web (beta) provides many shortcuts to help you get work done faster. To view keyboard shortcuts, press Shift + Alt + Ctrl + K (Windows) and Shift + Cmd + Opt + K (macOS).

List of keyboard shortcuts

Action

Windows

macOS

Open File Picker

Ctrl + O

Cmd + O

Cut

Ctrl + X

Cmd + X

Copy

Ctrl + C

Cmd + C

Paste

Ctrl + V

Cmd + V

Paste in front

Ctrl + F

Cmd + F

Paste in back

Ctrl + B

Cmd + B

Delete

Delete

Delete

Undo

Ctrl + Z

Cmd + Z

Redo

Ctrl + Shift + Z

Cmd + Shift + Z

Pen tool

P

P

Pencil tool

N

N

Rectangle tool

M

M

Ellipse tool

L

L

Star tool

S

S

Line Segment tool

\

\

Type tool

T

T

Selection tool

V

V

Direct Selection tool

A

A

Artboard tool

Shift + O

Shift + O

Eye dropper

I

I

Blob Brush tool

Shift + B

Shift + B

Shape Builder tool

Shift + M

Shift + M

Eraser

Shift + E

Shift + E

Select all objects or text (inside text runs)

Ctrl + A

Cmd + A

Deselect

Ctrl + Shift + A

Cmd + Shift + A

Select on active board

Ctrl + Alt + A

Cmd + Opt + A

Group

Ctrl + G

Cmd + G

Ungroup

Ctrl + Shift + G

Cmd + Shift + G

Lock

Ctrl + 2

Cmd + 2

Unlock all

Ctrl + Alt + 2

Cmd + Opt + 2

Hide

Ctrl + 3

Cmd + 3

Show all

Ctrl + Alt + 3

Cmd + Opt + 3

Duplicate

Alt + click + drag

Opt + click + drag

Bring to front

Alt + Ctrl + ]

Opt + Cmd + ]

Bring forward

Ctrl + ]

Cmd + ]

Send to back

Alt + Ctrl + [

Opt + Cmd + [

Send backward

Ctrl + [

Cmd + [

Outline text (with text
 selected )

Ctrl + Shift + O

Cmd + Shift + O

Nudge object or change value in input field

Up Arrow / Down Arrow

Up Arrow / Down Arrow

Nudge object

Right Arrow / Left Arrow

Right Arrow / Left Arrow

Nudge object by 10x or change input field value by 10x

Shift + Up Arrow / Down Arrow

Shift + Up Arrow / Down Arrow

Nudge object by 10x 

Shift + Right Arrow / Down Arrow

Shift + Up Arrow / Down Arrow

Swap fill and stroke colors

Shift + X

Shift + X

Move in 45-degree constraints

Shift + drag

Shift + drag

End current path and start new

Esc

Esc

Break handle pairing

Alt + draw smooth point 

Opt + draw smooth point 

Snap Handles to 45 degree increments

Shift + draw smooth point 

Shift + draw smooth point 

Move current anchor point 

Space + draw smooth point 

Space + draw smooth point 

Control handle lengths independently 

Ctrl + draw smooth point 

Cmd + draw smooth point 

Control handles independently 

Alt+ close path with handle drag

Opt+ close path with handle drag

Reposition anchor point 

Space + close path

Space + close path

Draw constrained from center 

Alt + Shift + shape tool/area text tool

Opt + Shift + shape tool/area text tool

Draw unconstrained from center 

Alt + resize area text 

Opt + resize area text 

Lock proportions 

Shift+ scale artboard 

Shift+ scale artboard 

Text size up 

Shift + Ctrl + .

Shift + Cmd + .

Text size down

Shift + Ctrl + ,

Shift + Cmd + ,

Increase or decrease kerning 

Alt + Right Arrow/Left Arrow + edit text

Opt + Right Arrow/Left Arrow + edit text

Increase or decrease tracking 

Alt + Right Arrow/Left Arrow + text object

Opt + Right Arrow/Left Arrow + text object

Increase or decrease leading 

Alt + Up Arrow/Down Arrow

Opt + Up Arrow/Down Arrow

Hide or show grids Smart Guides

Ctrl + U

Cmd + U

Hide or show grids 

Ctrl + '

Cmd + '

Enable or disable 'snap to grid' 

Shift + Ctrl + '

Shift + Cmd + '

Make clipping mask 

Ctrl + 7

Cmd + 7

Release clipping mask 

Ctrl + Alt + 7

Cmd + Opt + 7

Make compound path 

Ctrl + 8

Cmd + 8

Release compound path 

Ctrl + Alt + 8

Cmd + Opt + 8

Join end points; repeat closes all points on selected paths

Ctrl + J

Cmd + J

App settings

Ctrl + K

Cmd + K

Units in app settings 

Ctrl + ,

Cmd + ,

Fit artboard to screen 

Ctrl + 0

Cmd + 0

Fit all artboards to screen 

Ctrl + Alt + 0

Cmd + Alt + 0

Actual size 

Ctrl + 1

Cmd + 1

Outline view 

Ctrl + Y

Cmd + Y

Zoom in 

Ctrl + +

Cmd + +

Zoom out

Ctrl + -

Cmd + -

Enter/exit full screen mode 

Shift + F

Shift + F

Remove fill or stroke color 

/

/

Switch between current and selection tool 

Ctrl

Cmd

Create new layer (when Layers panel is open) 

Ctrl + L

Cmd + L

Pan 

Space + drag 

Space + drag 

Enable Type on Path 

Ctrl + click + drag 

Cmd + click + drag 

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