100+ Adobe Illustrator Keyboard Shortcuts

Keyboard shortcuts are one of those apparently minor things that in fact add so much to your overall productivity. Though there are keyboard shortcuts for every program and software, for my designer friends, however, this post lists all the keyboard shortcuts for Adobe Illustrator.

Take a look at the following list of Illustrator shortcuts and I bet you’ll find so many that you didn’t know before.

Select tools
Select between macOS Shortcuts Windows Shortcuts
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 + +
Delete Anchor Point tool = + = +
Switch to Anchor Point tool Shift + C Shift + C
Type tool T T
Touch Type tool Shift + T Shift + T
Line Segment tool \ \
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
macOS Shortcuts Windows Shortcuts
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 Cmd + 1
Switch to Hand tool (when not in text-edit mode) Spacebar Spacebar
Switch to Zoom tool in magnify mode Ctrl + Spacebar Spacebar + Cmd
Switch to Zoom tool in reduce mode Ctrl + Alt + Spacebar Spacebar + Cmd + Option
Move Zoom marquee while dragging with the Zoom tool Spacebar Spacebar
Hide bounding box Shift + Ctrl + B Shift + Ctrl + B
Hide unselected artworK Ctrl + Alt + Shift + 3 Cmd + Option + Shift + 3
Convert between horizontal and vertical guide Alt + drag guide Option + drag guide
Release guide Ctrl + Shift + double-click guide Cmd + Shift + double-click guide
Show document template Ctrl + H Cmd + H
Show/Hide artboards Ctrl + Shift + H Cmd + Shift + H
Show/Hide artboard rulers Ctrl + R Cmd + Option + R
Show transparency grid Shift + Ctrl + D Shift + Cmd + D
View all artboards in window Ctrl + Alt + 0 Cmd + Option + 0
Paste in place on the active artboard Ctrl + Shift + V Cmd + Shift + V
Exit Artboard tool mode Esc Esc
Create artboard inside another artboard Shift + drag Shift + drag
Choose multiple artboards in the Artboards panel Ctrl + click Cmd + click
Navigate to next document Ctrl + F6 Cmd + F6
Navigate to previous document Ctrl + Shift + F6 Cmd + Shift + F6
Navigate to next document group Ctrl + Alt + F6 Cmd + Option + F6
Navigate to previous document group Ctrl + Alt + Shift + F6 Cmd + Option + Shift + F6
Toggle between Outline and GPU Preview of the document Ctrl + Y Cmd + Y
Toggle between GPU and CPU Preview of the document Ctrl + E Cmd + E
View the document in Overprint Preview mode Alt + Shift + Ctrl + Y Option + Shift + Cmd + Y
View the document in Pixel Preview mode Alt + Ctrl + Y Option + Cmd + Y
Exit Full Screen mode Esc Esc
Zoom in Ctrl + = Cmd + =
Zoom out Ctrl + Cmd +
Hide guides Ctrl + ; Cmd + ;
Lock guides Alt + Ctrl + ; Option + Cmd + ;
Make guides Ctrl + 5 Cmd + 5
Release guides Alt + Ctrl + 5 Option + Ctrl + 5
Show/ hide smart guides Ctrl + U Cmd + U
Show/ hide perspective grid Ctrl + Shift + I Cmd + Shift + I
Show grid Ctrl + Cmd +
Snap to grid Shift + Ctrl + Shift + Cmd +
Snap to point Alt + Ctrl + Option + Cmd +
Work with selections
macOS Shortcuts Windows Shortcuts
Switch to last-used selection tool (Selection tool, Direct Selection tool, or Group Selection tool) Ctrl + ` Cmd + `
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
Choose artwork in active artboard Ctrl + Alt + A Cmd + Option + A
Create crop marks around selected object Alt + C + O
Choose all Ctrl + A Cmd + A
Deselect Shift + Ctrl + A Shift + Cmd + A
Reselect Ctrl + 6 Cmd + 6
Choose the object above the current selection Alt + Ctrl + ] Option + Cmd + ]
Choose the object below the current selection Alt + Ctrl + [ Option + Cmd +
Choose behind an object Press Ctrl + click twice Press Cmd + click twice
Choose behind in isolation mode Ctrl + click twice Cmd + click twice
Group the selected artworK Ctrl + G Cmd + G
Ungroup the selected artworK Shift + Ctrl + G Shift + Cmd + G
Lock a selection Ctrl + 2 Cmd + 2
Unlock a selection Alt + Ctrl + 2 Option + Cmd + 2
Hide a selection Ctrl + 3 Cmd + 3
Show all selections Alt + Ctrl + 3 Option + Cmd + 3
Move selection in user-defined increments Arrow Arrow
Move selection in 10x user-defined increments Shift + Arrow Shift + Arrow
Lock all deselected artworK Ctrl + Alt + Shift + 2 Cmd + Option + Shift + 2
Constrain movement to 45° angle (except when using Reflect tool) Hold down Shift Hold down Shift
Bring a selection forward Ctrl + ] Cmd + ]
Move a selection to the front Shift + Ctrl + ] Shift + Cmd + ]
Send a selection backward Ctrl + [ Cmd + [
Move a selection to the bacK Shift + Ctrl + [ Shift + Cmd + [
Draw
macOS Shortcuts Windows Shortcuts
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 or Start dragging, then press the or
Keep the inner radius of a star constant Start dragging, then hold down Ctrl Start dragging, then hold down Cmd
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 Cmd + drag
Add or remove horizontal lines from a rectangular grid or concentric lines from a polar grid Start dragging, then press or Start dragging, then press or
Add or remove vertical lines from a rectangular grid or radial lines from a polar grid Start dragging, then press or Start dragging, then press or
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 ] ]
Decrease size of Blob Brush [ [
Constrain Blob Brush path horizontally or vertically Shift Shift
Switch through drawing modes Shift + D Shift + D
Join two or more paths Choose the paths, then press Ctrl + J Choose the paths, then press Cmd + J
Average two or more paths Choose the paths, then press Alt + Ctrl + J Choose the paths, then press Option + Cmd + J
Create corner or smooth join Choose the paths, then press Shift + Ctrl + Alt + J Choose the anchor point, then press Shift + Cmd + Option + J
Create a compound path Ctrl + 8 Cmd + 8
Release a compound path Alt + Shift + Ctrl + 8 Option + Shift + Cmd + 8
Edit a pattern Shift + Ctrl + F8 Shift + Cmd + F8
Perspective Grid Tool Shift + P Shift + P
Perspective Selection Tool Shift + V Shift + V
Perspective Grid Ctrl + Shift + I Cmd + Shift + I
Moving objects perpendicularly Press 5, then click and drag the object Press 5, 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 Cmd + Alt + drag
Repeat transforming objects in perspective Ctrl + D Cmd + D
Switching between drawing modes Shift + D Shift + D
Work with type
macOS Shortcuts Windows Shortcuts
Move one character right or left or or
Move up or down one line or or
Move one word right or left Ctrl + or Cmd + or
Move up or down one paragraph Ctrl + or Cmd + or
Choose one word right or left Shift + Ctrl + or Shift + Cmd + or
Choose one paragraph before or afteR Shift + Ctrl + or Shift + Cmd + or
Extend existing selection Shift + click Shift + click
Align paragraph left, right, or center Ctrl + Shift + L, R, or C Cmd + Shift + L, R, or C
Justify text left Ctrl + Shift + J Cmd + Shift + J
Justify all lines Shift + Ctrl + F Shift + Cmd + F
Toggle line composeR Alt + Shift + Ctrl + C Option + Shift + Cmd + C
Insert soft return Shift + Enter Shift + Return
Highlight kerning Ctrl + Alt + K Cmd + Option + K
Reset horizontal scale to 100% Ctrl + Shift + X Cmd + Shift + X
Increase or decrease font size Ctrl + Shift + . or , Cmd + Shift + . or ,
Increase or decrease font size by steps Alt + Ctrl + Shift + . or , Option + Cmd +Shift + . or ,
Increase or decrease leading Alt + or (horizontal text) or or (vertical text) Option + or (horizontal text) or or (vertical text)
Choose tracking value Alt + Ctrl + K Option + Cmd + K
Reset tracking/kerning to 0 Ctrl + Alt + Q Cmd + Option + Q
Increase or decrease kerning and tracking Alt + or (horizontal text) or or (vertical text) Option + or (horizontal text) or or (vertical text)
Increase or decrease kerning and tracking by five times Ctrl + Alt + or (horizontal text) or or (vertical text) Cmd + Option + or (horizontal text) or or (vertical text)
Increase or decrease baseline shift Alt + Shift + or (horizontal text) or or (vertical text) Option + Shift + or (horizontal text) or or (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 + Cmd + O
Open the Character panel Ctrl + T Cmd + T
Open the Paragraph panel Alt + Ctrl + T Option + Cmd + T
Open the Tabs panel Shift + Ctrl + T Shift + Cmd + T
Open the OpenType panel Alt + Shift + Ctrl + T Option + Shift + Cmd + 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 + Cmd + =
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 + Cmd +
Toggle auto-hyphenation Alt + Shift + Ctrl + H Option + Shift + Cmd + 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 + Cmd + M
Insert en space Shift + Ctrl + N Shift + Cmd + N
Insert thin space Alt + Shift + Ctrl + M Option + Shift + Cmd + M
Show hidden characters Alt + Ctrl + I Option + Cmd + I
Use panels
macOS Shortcuts Windows Shortcuts
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 + Cmd + U
Delete without confirmation (except for Layers panel) Alt + click Delete Option + click Delete
Apply value and keep text box active Shift + Enter Shift + Return
Choose range of actions, brushes, layers, links, styles, or swatches Shift + click Shift + click
Choose noncontiguous actions, brushes, layers (same level only), links, styles, or swatches Ctrl + click Cmd + 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 + or Cmd + or
Increase/ decrease measurement unit by 10x Shift + or Shift + or
Open Brush Options dialog box Double-click brush Double-click brush
Open the Character panel Ctrl + T Cmd + T
Open the Paragraph panel Alt + Ctrl + T Option + Cmd + T
Layers panel
macOS Shortcuts Windows Shortcuts
Add a layer Ctrl + L Cmd + L
Add a layer while opening the New Layer dialog box Alt + Ctrl + L Option + Cmd + L
Choose 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
Choose Outline/Preview view for the selected layer Ctrl + click eye icon Cmd + click eye icon
Selects Outline/Preview view for all other layers Ctrl + Alt + click eye icon Cmd + 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 Cmd + Option + click New Sublayer button
Place layer at top of layer list Ctrl + click New Layer button Cmd + click New Layer button
Place layer below selected layer Ctrl + Alt + click New Layer button Cmd + Option + click New Layer button
Copy the selection to a layer, sublayer, or group Alt + drag selection Option + drag selection
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