Copy and move artboards

Designing a book, a card game, a multi-page brochure, or similar illustrations? Use the copy and move artboards feature to get your work done quickly.

Cut and copy artboards

You can copy and paste artboards to the same or different documents.

Cut, copy, paste artboards

Select one or more artboards using the Artboard tool and do one of the following:

  • Choose Edit Cut Copy and then choose Edit Paste.
  • Use the following keyboard shortcuts:













When you copy an artboard, it is pasted after the last artboard in the active artboard row. If no space exists in the active row, the artboard will be moved to the next row.

Note: Advanced Paste options will be disabled when you cut and copy artboards. 

Move artboards

To move the artboards within the same document or across documents:

  • Select the Artboard tool and then drag and drop the artboards between two open documents.
  • Change the X and Y values in the Properties panel or the Control panel.

Customize your tasks

By default, the content is also moved when you move or copy artboards. To disable the movement of content, click the Move/Copy artwork with artboard () button available in the Control panel.

Select the Paste Remembers Layer option in the Layers panel.

By default, Illustrator does not move any locked or hidden objects when you copy artboards. To change this experience, choose Preferences > Selection And Anchor Display > Move Locked And Hidden Artwork With Artboard.

When you copy artboards, the artboard name remains the same in the copied version. You can differentiate the artboards based on their IDs.

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