Illustrator provides many shortcuts to help you get work done faster. Many keyboard shortcuts appear when you hover over icons in the command menu.

Notes:

  • The following list includes the most helpful shortcuts. You may find additional shortcuts in menu commands and tool tips.
  • You can customize the keyboard shortcuts in Illustrator. See Customize keyboard shortcuts.

Work with documents

Shortcuts

Windows

macOS

Create a document Ctrl + N Command + N
Create a document from a template Shift + Ctrl + N Shift + Command + N
Create a document without opening the New Document dialog box Alt + Ctrl + N Option + Command + N
Open a document Ctrl + O Command + O
Place a file in the document Shift + Ctrl + P Shift + Command + P
Open the File Information dialog box Alt + Shift + Ctrl + I Option + Shift + Command + I
Open the Document Setup dialog box Alt + Ctrl + P Option + Command + P
Browse in Adobe Bridge Alt + Ctrl + O Option + Command + O
Close the document window Ctrl + W Command + W
Save changes made to the document Ctrl + S Command  + S
Open the Save As dialog box Shift + Ctrl + S Shift + Command + S
Save a copy of the document Alt + Ctrl + S Option + Command + S
Save the document as script files Ctrl + F12 Command + F12
Open the Export for screens dialog box Alt + Ctrl + E Option + Command + E
Open the Save For Web dialog box Alt + Shift + Ctrl + S Option + Shift + Command + S
Package the document Alt + Shift + Ctrl + P Option + Shift + Command + P
Print Ctrl + P Command + P
Exit the application Ctrl + Q Command + Q

Select tools

Shortcuts

Windows

macOS

Artboard tool

Shift + O

Shift + O

Selection tool

V

V

Direct Selection tool

A

A

Magic Wand tool

Y

Y

Lasso tool

Q

Q

Pen tool

P

P

Curvature tool Shift + ~ Shift + ~

Blob Brush tool

Shift + B

Shift + B

Add Anchor Point tool

+ (plus)

+ (plus)

Delete Anchor Point tool

- (minus)

- (minus)

Switch to Anchor Point tool

Shift + C

Shift + C

Type tool

T

T

Touch Type tool Shift + T Shift + T

Line Segment tool

\ (backslash)

\ (backslash)

Rectangle tool

M

M

Ellipse tool

L

L

Paintbrush tool

B

B

Pencil tool

N

N

Shaper tool Shift + N Shift + N

Rotate tool

R

R

Reflect tool

O

O

Scale tool

S

S

Warp tool

Shift + R

Shift + R

Width Tool

Shift+W

Shift+W

Free Transform tool

E

E

Shape Builder Tool

Shift+M

Shift+M

Perspective Grid Tool

Shift+P

Shift+P

Perspective Selection Tool

Shift+V

Shift+V

Symbol Sprayer tool

Shift + S

Shift + S

Column Graph tool

J

J

Mesh tool

U

U

Gradient tool

G

G

Eyedropper tool

I

I

Blend tool

W

W

Live Paint Bucket tool

K

K

Live Paint Selection tool

Shift + L

Shift + L

Slice tool

Shift + K

Shift + K

Eraser tool

Shift + E

Shift + E

Scissors tool

C

C

Hand tool

H

H

Zoom tool

Z

Z

Switch to Smooth tool while using Blob Brush tool

Press Alt

Press Option

View artwork

Shortcuts

Windows

macOS

Toggle between screen modes: Normal Screen Mode, Full Screen Mode with Menu Bar, Full Screen Mode

F

F

Fit imageable area in window

Double-click Hand tool

Double-click Hand tool

Magnify 100%

Double-click Zoom tool or press Ctrl + 1

Double-click Zoom tool or press Command + 1

Switch to Hand tool (when not in text-edit mode)

Spacebar

Spacebar

Switch to Zoom tool in magnify mode

Ctrl + Spacebar

Spacebar + Command

Switch to Zoom tool in reduce mode

Ctrl + Alt + Spacebar

Spacebar + Command + Option

Move Zoom marquee while dragging with the Zoom tool

Spacebar

Spacebar

Hide bounding box Shift + Ctrl + B Shift + Control + B

Hide unselected artwork

Control + Alt + Shift + 3

Command + Option + Shift + 3

Convert between horizontal and vertical guide

Alt-drag guide

Option-drag guide

Release guide

Ctrl + Shift-double-click guide

Command + Shift-double-click guide

Show document template Ctrl + H Command + H

Show/Hide artboards

Ctrl + Shift + H

Command + Shift + H

Show/Hide artboard rulers

Ctrl + R

Command + Option + R

Show transparency grid Shift + Ctrl + D Shift + Command + D

View all artboards in window

Ctrl + Alt + 0 (zero)

Command + Option + 0 (zero)

Paste in place on the active artboard

Ctrl + Shift+V

Command + Shift + V

Exit Artboard tool mode

Esc

Esc

Create artboard inside another artboard

Shift-drag

Shift-drag

Select multiple artboards in the Artboards panel

Ctrl + click

Command + click

Navigate to next document

Ctrl + F6

Command + F6

Navigate to previous document

Ctrl + Shift + F6

Command + Shift + F6

Navigate to next document group

Ctrl + Alt + F6

Command + Option + F6

Navigate to previous document group

Ctrl + Alt + Shift + F6

Command + Option + Shift + F6

Toggle between Outline and GPU Preview of the document Ctrl + Y Command + Y
Toggle between GPU and CPU Preview of the document Ctrl + E Command + E
View the document in Overprint Preview mode Alt + Shift + Ctrl + Y Option + Shift + Command + Y
View the document in Pixel Preview mode Alt + Ctrl + Y Option + Command + Y
Exit Full Screen mode Esc Esc
Zoom in Ctrl + = Command + =
Zoom out Ctrl + - Command + -
Hide guides Ctrl + ; Command + ;
Lock guides Alt + Ctrl + ; Option + Command + ;
Make guides Ctrl + 5 Command + 5
Release guides Alt + Ctrl + 5 Option + Ctrl + 5
Show/ hide smart guides Ctrl + U Command + U
Show/ hide perspective grid Ctrl + Shift + I Command + Shift + I
Show grid Ctrl + ' Command + '
Snap to grid  Shift + Ctrl + ' Shift + Command + '
Snap to point Alt + Ctrl + ' Option + Command + '

Work with selections

Shortcuts

Windows

macOS

Switch to last-used selection tool (Selection tool, Direct Selection tool, or Group Selection tool)

Ctrl + `

Command + `

Switch between Direct Selection tool and Group Selection tool

Alt

Option

Add to a selection with Selection tool, Direct Selection tool, Group Selection tool, Live Paint Selection tool, or Magic Wand tool

Shift-click

Shift-click

Subtract a selection with Selection tool, Direct Selection tool, Group Selection tool, or LIve Paint Selection tool

Shift-click

Shift-click

Subtract from selection with Magic Wand tool

Alt-click

Option-click

Add to selection with Lasso tool

Shift-drag

Shift-drag

Subtract from selection with Lasso tool

Alt-drag

Option-drag

Change pointer to cross hair for Lasso tool

Caps Lock

Caps Lock

Select artwork in active artboard

Ctrl + Alt + A

Command + Option + A

Create crop marks around selected object

Alt + C + O

 

Select all Ctrl + A Command + A
Deselect Shift + Ctrl + A Shift + Command + A
Reselect Ctrl + 6 Command + 6
Select the object above the current selection  Alt + Ctrl + ] Option + Command + ]
Select the object below the current selection Alt + Ctrl + [ Option + Command +

Select behind an object

Press Ctrl+click twice

Press Command+click twice

Select behind in isolation mode

Ctrl+click twice

Command+click twice

Group the selected artwork Ctrl + G Command + G
Ungroup the selected artwork Shift + Ctrl + G Shift + Command + G
Lock a selection Ctrl + 2 Command + 2
Unlock a selection Alt + Ctrl + 2 Option + Command + 2
Hide a selection Ctrl + 3 Command + 3
Show all selections Alt + Ctrl + 3 Option + Command + 3
Move selection in user-defined increments Right Arrow, Left Arrow, Up Arrow, or Down Arrow
Right Arrow, Left Arrow, Up Arrow, or Down Arrow
Move selection in 10x user-defined increments Shift + Right Arrow, Left Arrow, Up Arrow, or Down Arrow Shift + Right Arrow, Left Arrow, Up Arrow, or Down Arrow
Lock all deselected artwork Ctrl + Alt + Shift + 2 Command + Option + Shift + 2
Constrain movement to 45° angle (except when using Reflect tool) Hold down Shift Hold down Shift
Bring a selection forward Ctrl + ] Command + ]
Move a selection to the front Shift + Ctrl + ] Shift + Command + ]
Send a selection backward Ctrl + [ Command + [
Move a selection to the back  Shift + Ctrl + [ Shift + Command + [

Note:

Set keyboard increments in General Preferences (Ctrl/ Cmd + K).

Draw

Shortcuts

Windows

macOS

Constrain a shape’s proportions or orientation to:

  • equal height and width for rectangles, rounded rectangles, ellipses, and grids

  • Increments of 45° for line and arc segments

  • Original orientation for polygons, stars, and flares

 

Shift-drag

Shift-drag

Move a shape while drawing it

spacebar-drag

spacebar-drag

Draw from the center of a shape (except for polygons, stars, and flares)

Alt-drag

Option-drag

Increase or decrease polygon sides, star points, arc angle, spiral winds, or flare rays

Start dragging, then press the Up Arrow or Down Arrow

Start dragging, then press the Up Arrow or Down Arrow

Keep the inner radius of a star constant

Start dragging, then hold down Ctrl

Start dragging, then hold down Command

Keep the sides of a star straight

Alt-drag

Option-drag

Switch between an open and closed arc

Start dragging, then hold down C

Start dragging, then hold down C

Flip an arc, keeping the reference point constant

Start dragging, then hold down F

Start dragging, then hold down SF

Add or subtract winds from a spiral while increasing the length of the spiral

Start dragging, then Alt-drag

Start dragging then Option-drag

Change the decay rate of a spiral

Start dragging then Ctrl-drag

Start dragging then Command-drag

Add or remove horizontal lines from a rectangular grid or concentric lines from a polar grid

Start dragging, then press the Up Arrow or Down Arrow

Start dragging, then press the Up Arrow or Down Arrow

Add or remove vertical lines from a rectangular grid or radial lines from a polar grid

Start dragging, then press the Right Arrow or Left Arrow

Start dragging, then press the Right Arrow or Left Arrow

Decrease the skew value for horizontal dividers in a rectangular grid or radial dividers in a polar grid by 10%

Start dragging, then press F

Start dragging, then press F

Increase the skew value for horizontal dividers in a rectangular grid or radial dividers in a polar grid by 10%

Start dragging, then press V

Start dragging, then press V

Decrease the skew value for vertical dividers in a rectangular grid or concentric dividers in a polar grid by 10%

Start dragging, then press X

Start dragging, then press X

Increase the skew value for vertical dividers in a rectangular grid or concentric dividers in a polar grid by 10%

Start dragging, then press C

Start dragging, then press C

Increase size of Blob Brush

] (right square bracket)

] (right square bracket)

Decrease size of Blob Brush

[ (left square bracket)

[ (left square bracket)

Constrain Blob Brush path horizontally or vertically

Shift

Shift

Switch through drawing modes

Shift + D

Shift + D

Join two or more paths

Select the paths, then press Ctrl + J

Select the paths, then press Command + J

Average two or more paths Select the paths, then press Alt + Ctrl + J Select the paths, then press Option + Command + J

Create corner or smooth join

Select the paths, then press Shift + Ctrl + Alt + J

Select the anchor point, then press Shift + Command + Option + J

Create a compound path Ctrl + 8 Command + 8
Release a compound path Alt + Shift + Ctrl + 8 Option + Shift + Command + 8
Edit a pattern Shift + Ctrl + F8 Shift + Command +F8
Perspective Grid Tool Shift + P Shift + P
Perspective Selection Tool Shift + V Shift + V
Perspective Grid Ctrl + Shift + I Command + Shift + I
Moving objects perpendicularly Press the number 5 key, then click and drag the object Press the number 5 key, then click and drag the object
Switching perspective planes Use the Perspective Selection tool and then press 1 for left grid, 2 for horizontal grid, 3 for right grid, or 4 for no active grid Use the Perspective Selection tool and then press 1 for left grid, 2 for horizontal grid, 3 for right grid, or 4 for no active grid
Copying objects in perspective Ctrl + Alt + drag Command + Alt + drag
Repeat transforming objects in perspective Ctrl + D Command + D
Switching between drawing modes Shift + D Shift + D

Edit shapes

Shortcuts

Windows

macOS

Switch Pen tool to Convert Anchor Point tool

Alt

Option

Switch between Add Anchor Point tool and Delete Anchor Point tool

Alt

Option

Switch Scissors tool to Add Anchor Point tool

Alt

Option

Switch Pencil tool to Smooth tool

Alt

Option

Move current anchor point while drawing with Pen tool

Spacebar-drag

Spacebar-drag

Cut a straight line with Knife tool

Alt-drag

Option-drag

Cut at 45° or 90° with Knife tool

Shift + Alt-drag

Shift + Option-drag

Use shape mode buttons in Pathfinder panel to create compound paths

Alt + Shape mode

Option + Shape mode

Erase unwanted closed regions created using Shape Builder tool

Alt + click the closed region

Option + click the closed region

Select the Shape Builder tool

Shift + M

Shift + M

Display rectangular marquee to easily merge multiple paths (when using Shape Builder tool)

Shift + click + drag

Shift + click + drag

Increase the intensity of symbols (when using Symbolism tool) Shift + } Shift + }
Decrease the intensity of symbols (when using Symbolism tool) Shift + { Shift + {
Blend objects Alt + Ctrl + B Option + Command + B
Finish adding objects to the blend Alt + Shift + Ctrl + B Option + Shift + Command + B
Distort objects using a warp-shaped envelope Alt + Ctrl + Shift + W Option + Command + Shift + W
Distort objects using a mesh as the shape of the envelope Alt + Ctrl + M Option + Command + M
Distort objects using another object as the shape of the envelope Alt + Ctrl + C Option + Command + C

Work with Live Paint groups

Shortcuts

Windows

macOS

Switch to Eyedropper tool and sample fill and/or stroke

Alt-click + Live Paint Bucket tool

Option-click + Live Paint Bucket tool

Switch to Eyedropper tool and sample color from an image or intermediate color from a gradient

Alt + Shift-click + Live Paint Bucket tool

Option + Shift-click + Live Paint Bucket tool

Select opposite Live Paint Bucket tool options (if Paint Fills and Paint Strokes are currently selected, switch to Paint Fills only)

Shift + Live Paint Bucket tool

Shift + Live Paint Bucket tool

Fill across unstroked edges into adjacent faces

Double-click + Live Paint Bucket tool

Double-click + Live Paint Bucket tool

Fill all faces that have same fill and stroke all edges that have same stroke

Triple-click + Live Paint Bucket tool

Triple-click + Live Paint Bucket tool

Switch to Eyedropper tool and sample fill and/or stroke

Alt-click + Live Paint Selection tool

Option-click + Live Paint Selection tool

Switch to Eyedropper tool and sample color from an image or intermediate color from a gradient

Alt + Shift-click + Live Paint Selection tool

Option + Shift-click + Live Paint Selection tool

Add to/subtract from a selection

Shift-click + Live Paint Selection tool

Shift-click + Live Paint Selection tool

Select all connected faces /edges with same fill/stroke

Double-click + Live Paint Selection tool

Double-click + Live Paint Selection tool

Select all faces/edges with same fill/stroke

Triple-click + Live Paint Selection tool

Triple-click + Live Paint Selection tool

Work with objects

Shortcuts

Windows

macOS

Set origin point and open dialog box when using Rotate tool, Scale tool, Reflect tool, or Shear tool

Alt-click

Option-click

Duplicate and transform selection when using Selection tool, Scale tool, Reflect tool, or Shear tool

Alt-drag

Option-drag

Transform pattern (independent of object) when using Selection tool, Scale tool, Reflect tool, or Shear tool

Tilde (~)-drag

Tilde (~)-drag

Reapply a transformation to an object Ctrl + D Command + D
Apply last pathfinder effect to the selected object Ctrl + 4 Command + 4
Move an object Shift + Ctrl + M Shift + Command + M
Open the Transform Each dialog box Alt + Shift + Ctrl + D Option + Shift + Command + D
Make a clipping mask Ctrl + 7 Command + 7
Release a clipping mask Alt + Ctrl + 7 Option + Command + 7
Toggle between fill and stroke X X
Set fill and stroke to default D D
Swap fill and stroke Shift + X Shift + X
Select gradient fill mode > >
Hide gradient annotator (when using the Gradient tool) Alt + Ctrl + G Option + Command + G
Select color fill mode < <
Select no stroke/fill mode / (forward slash) / (forward slash)
Sample color from an image or intermediate color from gradient Shift + Eyedropper tool Shift + Eyedropper tool
Sample style and append appearance of currently selected item Alt + Shift-click + Eyedropper tool Option + Shift-click + Eyedropper tool
Add new fill Ctrl + / (forward slash) Command + / (forward slash)
Add new stroke Ctrl + Alt + / (forward slash) Command + Option + / (forward slash)
Reset gradient to black and white Ctrl-click gradient button in Tools panel or Gradient panel Command-click gradient button in Tools panel or Gradient panel
Make Live Paint (when using the Paint Bucket tool) Alt + Ctrl + X Option + Command + X
Decrease Bristle brush size [ [
Increase Bristle brush size ] ]

Create variable width points

Shortcuts

Windows

macOS

Select multiple width points

Shift+click

Shift+click

Create non-uniform widths

Alt+drag

Option+drag

Create a copy of the width point

Alt+drag the width point

Options+drag the width point

Change the position of multiple width points

Shift+drag

Shift+drag

Delete selected width point

Delete

Delete

Deselect a width point

Esc

Esc

Work with type

Shortcuts

Windows

macOS

Move one character right or left

Right Arrow or Left Arrow

Right Arrow or Left Arrow

Move up or down one line

Up Arrow or Down Arrow

Up Arrow or Down Arrow

Move one word right or left

Ctrl + Right Arrow or Left Arrow

Command + Right Arrow or Left Arrow

Move up or down one paragraph

Ctrl + Up Arrow or Down Arrow

Command + Up Arrow or Down Arrow

Select one word right or left

Shift + Ctrl + Right Arrow or Left Arrow

Shift + Command + Right Arrow or Left Arrow

Select one paragraph before or after

Shift + Ctrl + Up Arrow or Down Arrow

Shift + Command + Up Arrow or Down Arrow

Extend existing selection

Shift-click

Shift-click

Align paragraph left, right, or center

Ctrl + Shift + L, R, or C

Command + Shift + L, R, or C

Justify text left

Ctrl + Shift + J

Command + Shift + J

Justify all lines Shift + Ctrl + F Shift + Command + F
Toggle line composer Alt + Shift + Ctrl + C Option + Shift + Command +

Insert soft return

Shift + Enter

Shift + Return

Highlight kerning

Ctrl + Alt + K

Command + Option + K

Reset horizontal scale to 100%

Ctrl + Shift + X

Command + Shift + X

Increase or decrease font size

Ctrl + Shift + . or ,

Command + Shift + . or ,

Increase or decrease font size by steps Alt + Ctrl + Shift + . or , Option + Command +Shift + . or ,

Increase or decrease leading

Alt + Up or Down Arrow (horizontal text) or Right or Left Arrow (vertical text)

Option + Up or Down Arrow (horizontal text) or Right or Left Arrow (vertical text)

Select tracking value Alt + Ctrl + K Option + Command + K

Reset tracking/kerning to 0

Ctrl + Alt + Q

Command + Option + Q

Increase or decrease kerning and tracking

Alt + Right or Left Arrow (horizontal text) or Up or Down Arrow (vertical text)

Option + Right or Left Arrow (horizontal text) or Up or Down Arrow (vertical text)

Increase or decrease kerning and tracking by five times

Ctrl + Alt + Right or Left Arrow (horizontal text) or Up or Down Arrow (vertical text)

Command + Option + Right or Left Arrow (horizontal text) or Up or Down Arrow (vertical text)

Increase or decrease baseline shift

Alt + Shift + Up or Down Arrow (horizontal text) or Right or Left Arrow (vertical text)

Option + Shift + Up or Down Arrow (horizontal text) or Right or Left Arrow (vertical text)

Switch between Type and Vertical Type, Area Type and Vertical Area Type, and Path Type and Vertical Path Type tools

Shift

Shift

Switch between Area Type and Path Type, Vertical Area Type and Vertical Path Type tools

Alt

Option

Create outlines Shift + Ctrl + O Shift + Command + O
Open the Character panel Ctrl + T Command + T
Open the Paragraph panel Alt + Ctrl + T Option + Command + T
Open the Tabs panel Shift + Ctrl + T Shift + Command + T
Open the OpenType panel Alt + Shift + Ctrl + T Option + Shift + Command + T
Insert bullets Alt + 8 Option + 8
Insert copyright symbol Alt + G Option + G
Insert ellipsis Alt + ; Option + ;
Insert paragraph symbol Alt + 7 Option + 7
Insert section symbol
Alt + 6
Option + 6
Insert trademark symbol Alt + 2 Option + 2
Insert registered trademark symbol Alt + R Option + R
Superscript Shift + Ctrl + = Shift + Command + =
Subscript Alt + Shift + Ctrl + = Alt + Shift + Ctrl + =
Insert em dash Alt + Shift + - Option + Shift + -
Insert en dash Alt + - Option + -
Insert discretionary hyphen Shift + Ctrl + - Shift + Command + -
Toggle auto-hyphenation Alt + Shift + Ctrl + H Option + Shift + Command + H
Insert double left quotation marks Alt + [ Option + [
Insert double right quotation marks Alt + Shift + [ Option + Shift + [
Insert single left quotation marks Alt + ] Option + ]
Insert single right quotation marks Alt + Shift + ] Option + Shift + ]
Insert em space Shift + Ctrl + M Shift + Command + M
Insert en space Shift + Ctrl + N Shift + Command + N
Insert thin space Alt + Shift + Ctrl + M Option + Shift + Command + M
Show hidden characters Alt + Ctrl + I Option + Command + I

Note:

To change the increment value for type shortcuts, choose Edit > Preferences >Type (Windows) or Illustrator > Preferences >Type (macOS). Enter the values you want in the Size/Leading, Baseline Shift, and Tracking text boxes, and click OK.

Use panels

Shortcuts

Windows

macOS

Set options (except for Actions, Brushes, Swatches, and Symbols panels)

Alt-click New button

Option-click New button

Switch units of measurement Alt + Shift + Ctrl + U Option + Shift + Command + U

Delete without confirmation (except for Layers panel)

Alt-click Delete button

Option-click Delete button

Apply value and keep text box active

Shift + Enter

Shift + Return

Select range of actions, brushes, layers, links, styles, or swatches

Shift-click

Shift-click

Select noncontiguous actions, brushes, layers (same level only), links, styles, or swatches

Ctrl-click

Command-click

Show/Hide all panels

Tab

Tab

Show/Hide all panels except the Tools panel and Control panel

Shift + Tab

Shift + Tab

Increase/ decrease values in logical fractions of the measurement unit Ctrl + Up or Down Arrow Command + Up or Down Arrow
Increase/ decrease measurement unit by 10x Shift + Up or Down Arrow Shift + Up or Down Arrow

Actions panel

Shortcuts

Windows

macOS

Expand/Collapse entire hierarchy for action set

Alt-click expansion triangle

Option-click expansion triangle

Set options for action set

Double-click folder icon

Double-click folder icon

Play a single command

Ctrl-click Play Current Selection button

Command-click Play Current Selection button

Begin recording actions without confirmation

Alt-click New Action button

Option-click New Action button

Brushes panel

Shortcuts

Windows

macOS

Open Brush Options dialog box

Double-click brush

Double-click brush

Duplicate brush

Drag brush to New Brush button

Drag brush to New Brush button

Character and Paragraph panels

Shortcuts

Windows

macOS

Open the Character panel Ctrl + T Command + T
Open the Paragraph panel Alt + Ctrl + T Option + Command + T

Increase/decrease the selected value by a small increment

Up Arrow or Down Arrow

Up Arrow or Down Arrow

Increase/decreases the selected value by a large increment

Shift + Up Arrow or Down Arrow

Shift + Up Arrow or Down Arrow

Increase/decrease the selected value by a fraction Ctrl + Up or Down Arrow Command + Up or Down Arrow

Highlight the font name field in the Character panel

Ctrl + Alt + Shift + F

Command + Option + Shift + F

Color panel

Shortcuts

Windows

macOS

Select the complement for the current color fill/stroke

Ctrl-click color bar

Command-click color bar

Change the nonactive fill/stroke

Alt-click color bar

Option-click color bar

Select the complement for the nonactive fill/stroke

Ctrl + Alt-click color bar

Command + Option-click color bar

Select the inverse for the current fill/stroke

Ctrl + Shift-click color bar

Command + Shift-click color bar

Select the inverse for the nonactive fill/stroke

Ctrl + Shift + Alt-click color bar

Command + Shift + Option-click color bar

Open Color Guide Shift + F3 Shift + F3

Change the color mode

Shift-click color bar

Shift-click color bar

Move color sliders in tandem

Shift-drag color slider

Shift-drag color slider

Switch between percentage and 0-255 values for RGB

Double-click to right of a numerical field

Double-click to right of a numerical field

Gradient panel

Shortcuts

Windows

macOS

Duplicate color stops

Alt-drag

Option-drag

Swap color stops

Alt-drag color stop onto another stop

Option-drag color stop onto another color stop

Apply swatch color to active (or selected) color stop

Alt-click swatch in the Swatches panel

Option-click swatch in the Swatches panel

Reset the gradient fill to default black and white linear gradient

Ctrl-click Gradient Fill box in the Gradient panel

Command-click Gradient Fill box in the Gradient panel

Show/Hide gradient arrow

Ctrl + Alt + G

Command + Option + G

Modify angle and end-point together

Alt-drag end point of gradient annotator

Option-drag end point of gradient annotator

Constrain Gradient tool or Gradient annotator while dragging

Shift-drag

Shift-drag

View Gradient annotator in selected gradient filled object

G

G

Layers panel

Shortcuts

Windows

macOS

Add a layer Ctrl + L Command + L
Add a layer while opening the New Layer dialog box Alt + Ctrl + L Option + Command + L

Select all objects on the layer

Alt-click layer name

Option-click layer name

Show/hide all layers but the selected one

Alt-click eye icon

Option-click eye icon

Select Outline/Preview view for the selected layer

Ctrl-click eye icon

Command-click eye icon

Selects Outline/Preview view for all other layers

Ctrl + Alt-click eye icon

Command + Option-click eye icon

Lock/unlock all other layers

Alt-click lock icon

Option-click lock icon

Expand all sublayers to display entire hierarchy

Alt-click expansion triangle

Option-click expansion triangle

Set options as you create new layer

Alt-click New Layer button

Option-click New Layer button

Set options as you create new sublayer

Alt-click New Sublayer button

Option-click New Sublayer button

Place new sublayer at bottom of layer list

Ctrl + Alt-click New Sublayer button

Command + Option-click New Sublayer button

Place layer at top of layer list

Ctrl-click New Layer button

Command-click New Layer button

Place layer below selected layer

Ctrl + Alt-click New Layer button

Command + Option-click New Layer button

Copy the selection to a layer, sublayer, or group

Alt-drag selection

Option-drag selection

Swatches panel

Shortcuts

Windows

macOS

Create new spot color

Ctrl-click New Swatch button

Command-click New Swatch button

Create new global process color

Ctrl + Shift-click New Swatch button

Command + Shift-click New Swatch button

Replace swatch with another

Alt-drag a swatch over another

Option-drag a swatch over another

Transform panel

Shortcuts

Windows

macOS

Apply a value and keep focus in edit field

Shift + Enter

Shift + Return

Apply a value and copy object

Alt + Enter

Option + Return

Apply a value and scale option proportionately for width or height

Ctrl + Enter

Command + Return

Transparency panel

Shortcuts

Windows

macOS

Apply last effect to the selected object Shift + Ctrl + E Shift + Command + E
Apply last effect to the selected object by adjusting the values in the effects dialog box Alt + Shift + Ctrl +E Option + Shift + Command + E

Change mask to grayscale image for editing

Alt-click on mask thumbnail

Option-click on mask thumbnail

Disable opacity mask

Shift-click on mask thumbnail

Shift-click on mask thumbnail

Re-enable opacity mask

Shift-click on disabled mask thumbnail

Shift-click on disabled mask thumbnail

Increase/decrease opacity in 1% increments

Click opacity field + Up Arrow or Down Arrow

Click opacity field + Up Arrow or Down Arrow

Increase/decrease opacity in 10% increments

Shift-click opacity field + Up Arrow or Down Arrow

Shift-click opacity field + Up Arrow or Down Arrow

Function keys

Shortcuts

Windows

macOS

Invoke Help

F1

F1

Cut

F2

F2

Copy

F3

F3

Paste

F4

F4

Show/hide Brushes panel

F5

F5

Show/hide Color panel

F6

F6

Show/hide Layers panel

F7

F7

Create new symbol

F8

F8

Show/hide Info panel

Ctrl + F8

Command + F8

Show/hide Gradient panel

Ctrl + F9

Command + F9

Show/hide Stroke panel

Ctrl + F10

Command + F10

Show/hide Attributes panel

Ctrl + F11

Command + F11

Revert

F12

F12

Show/hide Graphic Styles panel

Shift + F5

Shift + F5

Show/hide Appearance panel

Shift + F6

Shift + F6

Show/hide Align panel

Shift + F7

Shift + F7

Show/hide Transform panel

Shift + F8

Shift + F8

Show/hide Pathfinder panel

Shift + Ctrl + F9

Shift + Command + F9

Show/hide Transparency panel

Shift + Ctrl + F10

Shift + Command + F10

Show/hide Symbols panel

Shift + Ctrl + F11

Shift + Command + F11

Export keyboard shortcut list as a text document

You can export the list of default and custom keyboard shortcuts for tools and menu commands in Illustrator as a text document by following the steps given below:

  1. Choose Edit > Keyboard Shortcuts.

  2. Click Export Text on the lower-left corner of the Keyboard Shortcuts dialog box.

  3. Navigate to the desired location to save the text file.

  4. Click Save.

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