The Adobe Illustrator Keyboard Shortcuts Cheat Sheet

Andy Betts 16-05-2020

Adobe Illustrator is an incredibly powerful app, but it can be difficult to navigate. With so many menus and toolbars, it’s hard to find your way around. Fortunately, it offers a huge number of keyboard shortcuts to help speed up your workflow.


In this cheat sheet we’ve compiled some of the best Illustrator shortcuts, for both Windows and Mac. They’ll help you quickly find the most important tools and panels, work more efficiently with complex documents, and access some hidden features that will get you designing faster than ever.

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Adobe Illustrator Keyboard Shortcuts

Shortcut (Win)Shortcut (Mac)Action
Basic Shortcuts
Ctrl + NCmd + NCreate new document
Alt + Ctrl + NOption + Cmd + NSkip New Document dialog box
Shift + Ctrl + NShift + Cmd + NCreate document from a template
Ctrl + SCmd + SSave document
Alt + Ctrl + EOption + Cmd + EExport document for screens
Alt + Shift + Ctrl + POption + Shift + Cmd + PPackage document
Ctrl + PCmd + PPrint
Ctrl + ZCmd + ZUndo
Shift + Ctrl + ZShift + Cmd + ZRedo
Ctrl + XCmd + XCut
Ctrl + CCmd + CCopy
Ctrl + VCmd + VPaste
Shift + Ctrl + BShift + Cmd + BPaste in place
Ctrl + FCmd + FPaste in front of selected item
Ctrl + BCmd + BPaste behind selected item
Shift + Ctrl + PShift + Cmd + PPlace an existing file into document
Ctrl + LCmd + LAdd new layer
Alt + Ctrl + LOption + Cmd + LAdd new layer with the New Layer dialog box
Alt + Click layer nameOption + Click layer nameSelect all objects on a layer
Alt + Click Eye iconOption + Click Eye iconShow or hide all other layers
Alt + Click Lock iconOption + Click Lock iconLock or unlock all other layers
View Shortcuts
FFSwitch between screen modes
(Normal, Full Screen, etc.)
EscEscExit Full Screen mode
Shift + Ctrl + HShift + Cmd + HShow or hide artboards
Ctrl + RCmd + RShow or hide rulers
Ctrl + UCmd + UShow or hide smart guides
Ctrl + 'Cmd + 'Show or hide grid
Shift + Ctrl + 'Shift + Cmd + 'Turn Snap to Grid on or off
Alt + Ctrl + 'Option + Cmd + 'Turn Snap to Point on or off
Ctrl + =Cmd + =Zoom in
Ctrl + -Cmd + -Zoom out
Ctrl + 0Cmd + 0Fit to window
Ctrl + 1Cmd + 1View actual size
Tool Shortcuts
Double clickDouble clickView settings for selected tool
HHHand tool
SpacebarSpacebarUse Hand tool when not entering text
Ctrl + SpacebarCmd + SpacebarUse Hand tool while entering text
VVSelection tool
AADirect Selection tool
YYMagic Wand tool
QQLasso tool
PPPen tool
++Add anchor point
--Delete anchor point
Shift + CShift + CAnchor Point tool
Shift + ~Shift + ~Curvature tool
TTType tool
Shift + TShift + TTouch Type tool
\\Line Segment tool
MMRectangle tool
LLEllipse tool
BBPaintbrush tool
Shift + BShift + BBlob Brush tool
NNPencil tool
Shift + NShift + NShaper tool
Shift + EShift + EEraser tool
CCScissors tool
RRRotate tool
OOReflect tool
SSScale tool
Shift + WShift + WWidth tool
Shift + RShift + RWarp tool
EEFree Transform tool
Shift + MShift + MShape Builder tool
KKLive Paint Bucket
Shift + LShift + LLive Paint Bucket Selection tool
Shift + PShift + PPerspective Grid tool
Shift + VShift + VPerspective Selection tool
UUMesh tool
GGGradient tool
IIEyedropper tool
WWBlend tool
Shift + SShift + SSymbol Sprayer tool
JJColumn Graph tool
Shift + OShift + OArtboard tool
EscEscExit Artboard tool mode
Shift + KShift + KSlice tool
ZZZoom tool
Ctrl + 1Cmd + 1Magnify 100 percent
Shift XShift XSwap fill and stroke styles
Selection Shortcuts
Shift + ClickShift + ClickSelect multiple objects
Ctrl + ACmd + ASelect all
Shift + Ctrl + AShift + Cmd + ADeselect all
Ctrl + 6Cmd + 6Reselect
Ctrl + GCmd + GGroup objects
Alt + Ctrl + ]Option + Cmd + ]Select object above current selection
Alt + Ctrl + [Option + Cmd + [Select object below current selection
Ctrl + Double clickCmd + Double clickSelect object behind
Arrow keysArrow keysMove selection
Shift + Arrow keysShift + Arrow keysMove selection 10 points
Alt + dragOption + dragDuplicate selection
Shift + Ctrl + BShift + Cmd + BHide bounding box for selected item
Alt + Shift + Ctrl + 3Option + Shift + Cmd + 3Hide unselected items
Shift + Ctrl + OShift + Cmd + OCreate outlines from type
Editing Tools Shortcuts
Shift + Drag handlebarsShift + Drag handlebarsExpand or shrink object proportionally
Spacebar + DragSpacebar + DragMove and position shape while drawing it
]]Increase size of brush, text, etc.
[[Decrease size of brush, text, etc.
AltOptionDraw shape starting from its center
Shift (when drawing or rotating)Shift (when drawing or rotating)Snap line or object to vertical, horizontal, or diagonal position
Ctrl + 7Cmd + 7Create clipping mask
Alt + Ctrl + 7Option + Cmd + 7Remove clipping mask
XXSwitch between stroke and fill
DDRevert stroke and fill to default settings
//Set no stroke or fill
Ctrl + /Cmd + /Add new fill
Alt + Ctrl + /Option + Cmd + /Add new stroke
Shift + Eyedropper toolShift + Eyedropper toolSample color from an image
Ctrl + ICmd + ICheck spelling
Panels Shortcuts
TabTabShow or hide all panels
Shift + F7Shift + F7Align panel
Shift + F6Shift + F6Appearance panel
Ctrl + F11Cmd + F11Attributes panel
F5F5Brushes panel
F6F6Color panel
Shift + F3Shift + F3Color Guide panel
Ctrl + F9Cmd + F9Gradient panel
Shift + F5Shift + F5Graphic Styles panel
Ctrl + F8Cmd + F8Info panel
F7F7Layers panel
Shift + Ctrl + F9Shift + Cmd + F9Pathfinder panel
Ctrl + F10Cmd + F10Stroke panel
Shift + Ctrl + F11Shift + Cmd + F11Symbols panel
Shift + F8Shift + F8Transform panel
Shift + Ctrl + F10Shift + Cmd + F10Transparency panel

Useful Illustrator Tips and Templates

Learning the shortcuts above will help to make graphic design with Adobe Illustrator a whole lot easier. But that’s only the beginning. Check out our guide to the best free Illustrator templates, as well as these essential Illustrator tips 8 Adobe Illustrator Tips to Help You Design Faster Here are the essential Adobe Illustrator tips and tricks that will get you designing faster than ever. Read More to help you design faster.

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