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Shortcuts

Popular shortcuts

Undo⌘ + Z
Redo⇧ + ⌘ + Z
Cut⌘ + X
Copy⌘ + C
Paste⌘ + V
Paste in front⌘ + F
Paste at back⌘ + B
Paste in place⇧ + ⌘ + B
Paste on all artboardsβŒ₯ + ⇧ + ⌘ + B
Check spelling⌘ + I
Open the Color Settings dialog box⇧ + ⌘ + K
Open the Keyboard Shortcuts dialog boxβŒ₯ + ⇧ + ⌘ + K
Open the Preferences dialog box⌘ + K

Work with documents

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

Select tools

Artboard tool⇧ + O
Selection toolV
Direct Selection toolA
Magic Wand toolY
Lasso toolQ
Pen toolP
Curvature tool⇧ + ~
Blob Brush tool⇧ + B
Add Anchor Point tool+ (plus)
Delete Anchor Point tool- (minus)
Switch to Anchor Point tool⇧ + C
Type toolT
Touch Type tool⇧ + T
Line Segment tool\ (backslash)
Rectangle toolM
Ellipse toolL
Paintbrush toolB
Pencil toolN
Shaper tool⇧ + N
Rotate toolR
Reflect toolO
Scale toolS
Warp tool⇧ + R
Width Tool⇧+W
Free Transform toolE
Shape Builder Tool⇧+M
Perspective Grid Tool⇧+P
Perspective Selection Tool⇧+V
Symbol Sprayer tool⇧ + S
Column Graph toolJ
Mesh toolU
Gradient toolG
Eyedropper toolI
Blend toolW
Live Paint Bucket toolK
Live Paint Selection tool⇧ + L
Slice tool⇧ + K
Eraser tool⇧ + E
Scissors toolC
Hand toolH
Zoom toolZ
Switch to Smooth tool while using Blob Brush toolPress βŒ₯

View artwork

Toggle between screen modes: Normal Screen Mode, Full Screen Mode with Menu Bar, Full Screen ModeF
Fit imageable area in windowDouble-click Hand tool
Magnify 100%Double-click Zoom tool or press ⌘ + 1
Switch to Hand tool (when not in text-edit mode)Spacebar
Switch to Zoom tool in magnify modeSpacebar + ⌘
Switch to Zoom tool in reduce modeSpacebar + ⌘ + βŒ₯
Move Zoom marquee while dragging with the Zoom toolSpacebar
Hide bounding box⇧ + βŒƒ + B
Hide unselected artwork⌘ + βŒ₯ + ⇧ + 3
Convert between horizontal and vertical guideβŒ₯-drag guide
Release guide⌘ + ⇧-double-click guide
Show document template⌘ + H
Show/Hide artboards⌘ + ⇧ + H
Show/Hide artboard rulers⌘ + βŒ₯ + R
Show transparency grid⇧ + ⌘ + D
View all artboards in window⌘ + βŒ₯ + 0 (zero)
Paste in place on the active artboard⌘ + ⇧ + V
Exit Artboard tool modeEsc
Create artboard inside another artboard⇧-drag
Select multiple artboards in the Artboards panel⌘ + click
Navigate to next document⌘ + F6
Navigate to previous document⌘ + ⇧ + F6
Navigate to next document group⌘ + βŒ₯ + F6
Navigate to previous document group⌘ + βŒ₯ + ⇧ + F6
Toggle between Outline and GPU Preview of the document⌘ + Y
Toggle between GPU and CPU Preview of the document⌘ + E
View the document in Overprint Preview modeβŒ₯ + ⇧ + ⌘ + Y
View the document in Pixel Preview modeβŒ₯ + ⌘ + Y
Exit Full Screen modeEsc
Zoom in⌘ + =
Zoom out⌘ + -
Hide guides⌘ + ;
Lock guidesβŒ₯ + ⌘ + ;
Make guides⌘ + 5
Release guidesβŒ₯ + Ctrl + 5
Show/ hide smart guides⌘ + U
Show/ hide perspective grid⌘ + ⇧ + I
Show grid⌘ + '
Snap to grid ⇧ + ⌘ + '
Snap to pointβŒ₯ + ⌘ + '

Work with selections

Switch to last-used selection tool (Selection tool, Direct Selection tool, or Group Selection tool)⌘ + `
Switch between Direct Selection tool and Group Selection toolβŒ₯
Add to a selection with Selection tool, Direct Selection tool, Group Selection tool, Live Paint Selection tool, or Magic Wand tool⇧-click
Subtract a selection with Selection tool, Direct Selection tool, Group Selection tool, or LIve Paint Selection tool⇧-click
Subtract from selection with Magic Wand toolβŒ₯-click
Add to selection with Lasso tool⇧-drag
Subtract from selection with Lasso toolβŒ₯-drag
Change pointer to cross hair for Lasso toolCaps Lock
Select artwork in active artboard⌘ + βŒ₯ + A
Create crop marks around selected object
Select all⌘ + A
Deselect⇧ + ⌘ + A
Reselect⌘ + 6
Select the object above the current selectionΒ βŒ₯ + ⌘ + ]
Select the object below the current selectionβŒ₯ + ⌘ +
Select behind an objectPress ⌘+click twice
Select behind in isolation mode⌘+click twice
Group the selected artwork⌘ + G
Ungroup the selected artwork⇧ + ⌘ + G
Lock a selection⌘ + 2
Unlock a selectionβŒ₯ + ⌘ + 2
Hide a selection⌘ + 3
Show all selectionsβŒ₯ + ⌘ + 3
Move selection in user-defined incrementsβ†’, ←, ↑, or ↓
Move selection in 10x user-defined increments⇧ + β†’, ←, ↑, or ↓
Lock all deselected artwork⌘ + βŒ₯ + ⇧ + 2
Constrain movement to 45Β° angle (except when using Reflect tool)Hold down ⇧
Bring a selection forward⌘ + ]
Move a selection to the front⇧ + ⌘ + ]
Send a selection backward⌘ + [
Move a selection to the back ⇧ + ⌘ + [

Draw

Constrain a shape’s proportions or orientation to: equal height and width for rectangles, rounded rectangles, ellipses, and grids / Increments of 45Β° for line and arc segments⇧-drag
Move a shape while drawing itspacebar-drag
Draw from the center of a shape (except for polygons, stars, and flares)βŒ₯-drag
Increase or decrease polygon sides, star points, arc angle, spiral winds, or flare raysStart dragging, then press the ↑ or ↓
Keep the inner radius of a star constantStart dragging, then hold down ⌘
Keep the sides of a star straightβŒ₯-drag
Switch between an open and closed arcStart dragging, then hold down C
Flip an arc, keeping the reference point constantStart dragging, then hold down SF
Add or subtract winds from a spiral while increasing the length of the spiralStart dragging then βŒ₯-drag
Change the decay rate of a spiralStart dragging then ⌘-drag
Add or remove horizontal lines from a rectangular grid or concentric lines from a polar gridStart dragging, then press the ↑ or ↓
Add or remove vertical lines from a rectangular grid or radial lines from a polar gridStart dragging, then press the β†’ 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
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
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
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
Increase size of Blob Brush] (right square bracket)
Decrease size of Blob Brush[ (left square bracket)
Constrain Blob Brush path horizontally or vertically⇧
Switch through drawing modes⇧ + D
Join two or more pathsSelect the paths, then press ⌘ + J
Average two or more pathsSelect the paths, then press βŒ₯ + ⌘ + J
Create corner or smooth joinSelect the anchor point, then press ⇧ + ⌘ + βŒ₯ + J
Create a compound path⌘ + 8
Release a compound pathβŒ₯ + ⇧ + ⌘ + 8
Edit a pattern⇧ + ⌘ +F8
Perspective Grid Tool⇧ + P
Perspective Selection Tool⇧ + V
Perspective Grid⌘ + ⇧ + I
Moving objects perpendicularlyPress the number 5 key, then click and drag the object
Switching perspective planesUse 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⌘ + Alt + drag
Repeat transforming objects in perspective⌘ + D
Switching between drawing modes⇧ + D

Edit shapes

Switch Pen tool to Convert Anchor Point toolβŒ₯
Switch between Add Anchor Point tool and Delete Anchor Point toolβŒ₯
Switch Scissors tool to Add Anchor Point toolβŒ₯
Switch Pencil tool to Smooth toolβŒ₯
Move current anchor point while drawing with Pen toolSpacebar-drag
Cut a straight line with Knife toolβŒ₯-drag
Cut at 45Β° or 90Β° with Knife tool⇧ + βŒ₯-drag
Use shape mode buttons in Pathfinder panel to create compound pathsβŒ₯ + Shape mode
Erase unwanted closed regions created using Shape Builder toolβŒ₯ + click the closed region
Select the Shape Builder tool⇧ + M
Display rectangular marquee to easily merge multiple paths (when using Shape Builder tool)⇧ + click + drag
Increase the intensity of symbols (when using Symbolism tool)⇧ + }
Decrease the intensity of symbols (when using Symbolism tool)⇧ + {
Blend objectsβŒ₯ + ⌘ + B
Finish adding objects to the blendβŒ₯ + ⇧ + ⌘ + B
Distort objects using a warp-shaped envelopeβŒ₯ + ⌘ + ⇧ + W
Distort objects using a mesh as the shape of the envelopeβŒ₯ + ⌘ + M
Distort objects using another object as the shape of the envelopeβŒ₯ + ⌘ + C

Work with Live Paint groups

Switch to Eyedropper tool and sample fill and/or strokeβŒ₯-click + Live Paint Bucket tool
Switch to Eyedropper tool and sample color from an image or intermediate color from a gradientβŒ₯ + ⇧-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)⇧ + Live Paint Bucket tool
Fill across unstroked edges into adjacent facesDouble-click + Live Paint Bucket tool
Fill all faces that have same fill and stroke all edges that have same strokeTriple-click + Live Paint Bucket tool
Switch to Eyedropper tool and sample fill and/or strokeβŒ₯-click + Live Paint Selection tool
Switch to Eyedropper tool and sample color from an image or intermediate color from a gradientβŒ₯ + ⇧-click + Live Paint Selection tool
Add to/subtract from a selection⇧-click + Live Paint Selection tool
Select all connected faces /edges with same fill/strokeDouble-click + Live Paint Selection tool
Select all faces/edges with same fill/strokeTriple-click + Live Paint Selection tool

Work with objects

Set origin point and open dialog box when using Rotate tool, Scale tool, Reflect tool, or Shear toolβŒ₯-click
Duplicate and transform selection when using Selection tool, Scale tool, Reflect tool, or Shear toolβŒ₯-drag
Transform pattern (independent of object) when using Selection tool, Scale tool, Reflect tool, or Shear toolTilde (~)-drag
Reapply a transformation to an object⌘ + D
Apply last pathfinder effect to the selected object⌘ + 4
Move an object⇧ + ⌘ + M
Open the Transform Each dialog boxβŒ₯ + ⇧ + ⌘ + D
Make a clipping mask⌘ + 7
Release a clipping maskβŒ₯ + ⌘ + 7
Toggle between fill and strokeX
Set fill and stroke to defaultD
Swap fill and stroke⇧ + X
Select gradient fill mode>
Hide gradient annotator (when using the Gradient tool)βŒ₯ + ⌘ + G
Select color fill mode<
Select no stroke/fill mode/ (forward slash)
Sample color from an image or intermediate color from gradient⇧ + Eyedropper tool
Sample style and append appearance of currently selected itemβŒ₯ + ⇧-click + Eyedropper tool
Add new fill⌘ + / (forward slash)
Add new stroke⌘ + βŒ₯ + / (forward slash)
Reset gradient to black and white⌘-click gradient button in Tools panel or Gradient panel
Make Live Paint (when using the Paint Bucket tool)βŒ₯ + ⌘ + X
Decrease Bristle brush size[
Increase Bristle brush size]

Create variable width points

Select multiple width points⇧+click
Create non-uniform widthsβŒ₯+drag
Create a copy of the width pointβŒ₯s+drag the width point
Change the position of multiple width points⇧+drag
Delete selected width pointDelete
Deselect a width pointEsc

Work with type

Move one character right or leftβ†’ or ←
Move up or down one line↑ or ↓
Move one word right or left⌘ + β†’ or ←
Move up or down one paragraph⌘ + ↑ or ↓
Select one word right or left⇧ + ⌘ + β†’ or ←
Select one paragraph before or after⇧ + ⌘ + ↑ or ↓
Extend existing selection⇧-click
Align paragraph left, right, or center⌘ + ⇧ + L, R, or C
Justify text left⌘ + ⇧ + J
Justify all lines⇧ + ⌘ + F
Toggle line composerβŒ₯ + ⇧ + ⌘ +
Insert soft return⇧ + Return
Highlight kerning⌘ + βŒ₯ + K
Reset horizontal scale to 100%⌘ + ⇧ + X
Increase or decrease font size⌘ + ⇧ +Β . or ,
Increase or decrease font size by stepsβŒ₯ + ⌘ +⇧ + . or ,
Increase or decrease leadingβŒ₯ + Up or ↓ (horizontal text) or Right or ← (vertical text)
Select tracking valueβŒ₯ + ⌘ + K
Reset tracking/kerning to 0⌘ + βŒ₯ + Q
Increase or decrease kerning and trackingβŒ₯ + Right or ← (horizontal text) or Up or ↓ (vertical text)
Increase or decrease kerning and tracking by five times⌘ + βŒ₯ + Right or ← (horizontal text) or Up or ↓ (vertical text)
Increase or decrease baseline ⇧βŒ₯ + ⇧ + Up or ↓ (horizontal text) or Right or ← (vertical text)
Switch between Type and Vertical Type, Area Type and Vertical Area Type, and Path Type and Vertical Path Type tools⇧
Switch between Area Type and Path Type, Vertical Area Type and Vertical Path Type toolsβŒ₯
Create outlines⇧ + ⌘ + O
Open the Character panel⌘ + T
Open the Paragraph panelβŒ₯ + ⌘ + T
Open the Tabs panel⇧ + ⌘ + T
Open the OpenType panelβŒ₯ + ⇧ + ⌘ + T
Insert bulletsβŒ₯ + 8
Insert copyright symbolβŒ₯ + G
Insert ellipsisβŒ₯ + ;
Insert paragraph symbolβŒ₯ + 7
Insert section symbolβŒ₯ + 6
Insert trademark symbolβŒ₯ + 2
Insert registered trademark symbolβŒ₯ + R
Superscript⇧ + ⌘ + =
SubscriptAlt + ⇧ + Ctrl + =
Insert em dashβŒ₯ + ⇧ + -
Insert en dashβŒ₯ + -
Insert discretionary hyphen⇧ + ⌘ + -
Toggle auto-hyphenationβŒ₯ + ⇧ + ⌘ + H
Insert double left quotation marksβŒ₯ + [
Insert double right quotation marksβŒ₯ + ⇧ + [
Insert single left quotation marksβŒ₯ + ]
Insert single right quotation marksβŒ₯ + ⇧ + ]
Insert em space⇧ + ⌘ + M
Insert en space⇧ + ⌘ + N
Insert thin spaceβŒ₯ + ⇧ + ⌘ + M
Show hidden charactersβŒ₯ + ⌘ + I

Use panels

Set options (except for Actions, Brushes, Swatches, and Symbols panels)βŒ₯-click New button
Switch units of measurementβŒ₯ + ⇧ + ⌘ + U
Delete without confirmation (except for Layers panel)βŒ₯-click Delete button
Apply value and keep text box active⇧ + Return
Select range of actions, brushes, layers, links, styles, or swatches⇧-click
Select noncontiguous actions, brushes, layers (same level only), links, styles, or swatches⌘-click
Show/Hide all panelsTab
Show/Hide all panels except the Tools panel and βŒƒ panel⇧ + Tab
Increase/ decrease values in logical fractions of the measurement unit⌘ + Up or ↓
Increase/ decrease measurement unit by 10x⇧ + Up or ↓

Actions panel

Expand/Collapse entire hierarchy for action setβŒ₯-click expansion triangle
Set options for action setDouble-click folder icon
Play a single command⌘-click Play Current Selection button
Begin recording actions without confirmationβŒ₯-click New Action button

Brushes panel

Open Brush Options dialog boxDouble-click brush
Duplicate brushDrag brush to New Brush button

Character and Paragraph panels

Open the Character panel⌘ + T
Open the Paragraph panelβŒ₯ + ⌘ + T
Increase/decrease the selected value by a small increment↑ or ↓
Increase/decreases the selected value by a large increment⇧ + ↑ or ↓
Increase/decrease the selected value by a fraction⌘ + Up or ↓
Highlight the font name field in the Character panel⌘ + βŒ₯ + ⇧ + F

Color panel

Select the complement for the current color fill/stroke⌘-click color bar
Change the nonactive fill/strokeβŒ₯-click color bar
Select the complement for the nonactive fill/stroke⌘ + βŒ₯-click color bar
Select the inverse for the current fill/stroke⌘ + ⇧-click color bar
Select the inverse for the nonactive fill/stroke⌘ + ⇧ + βŒ₯-click color bar
Open Color Guide⇧ + F3
Change the color mode⇧-click color bar
Move color sliders in tandem⇧-drag color slider
Switch between percentage and 0-255 values for RGBDouble-click to right of a numerical field

Gradient panel

Duplicate color stopsβŒ₯-drag
Swap color stopsβŒ₯-drag color stop onto another color stop
Apply swatch color to active (or selected) color stopβŒ₯-click swatch in the Swatches panel
Reset the gradient fill to default black and white linear gradient⌘-click Gradient Fill box in the Gradient panel
Show/Hide gradient arrow⌘ + βŒ₯ + G
Modify angle and end-point togetherβŒ₯-drag end point of gradient annotator
Constrain Gradient tool or Gradient annotator while dragging⇧-drag
View Gradient annotator in selected gradient filled objectG

Layers panel

Add a layer⌘ + L
Add a layer while opening the New Layer dialog boxβŒ₯ + ⌘ + L
Select all objects on the layerβŒ₯-click layer name
Show/hide all layers but the selected oneβŒ₯-click eye icon
Select Outline/Preview view for the selected layer⌘-click eye icon
Selects Outline/Preview view for all other layers⌘ + βŒ₯-click eye icon
Lock/unlock all other layersβŒ₯-click lock icon
Expand all sublayers to display entire hierarchyβŒ₯-click expansion triangle
Set options as you create new layerβŒ₯-click New Layer button
Set options as you create new sublayerβŒ₯-click New Sublayer button
Place new sublayer at bottom of layer list⌘ + βŒ₯-click New Sublayer button
Place layer at top of layer list⌘-click New Layer button
Place layer below selected layer⌘ + βŒ₯-click New Layer button
Copy the selection to a layer, sublayer, or groupβŒ₯-drag selection

Swatches panel

Create new spot color⌘-click New Swatch button
Create new global process color⌘ + ⇧-click New Swatch button
Replace swatch with anotherβŒ₯-drag a swatch over another

Transform panel

Apply a value and keep focus in edit field⇧ + Return
Apply a value and copy objectβŒ₯ + Return
Apply a value and scale option proportionately for width or height⌘ + Return

Transparency panel

Apply last effect to the selected object⇧ + ⌘ + E
Apply last effect to the selected object by adjusting the values in the effects dialog boxβŒ₯ + ⇧ + ⌘ + E
Change mask to grayscale image for editingβŒ₯-click on mask thumbnail
Disable opacity mask⇧-click on mask thumbnail
Re-enable opacity mask⇧-click on disabled mask thumbnail
Increase/decrease opacity in 1% incrementsClick opacity field + ↑ or ↓
Increase/decrease opacity in 10% increments⇧-click opacity field + ↑ or ↓

Function keys

Invoke HelpF1
CutF2
CopyF3
PasteF4
Show/hide Brushes panelF5
Show/hide Color panelF6
Show/hide Layers panelF7
Create new symbolF8
Show/hide Info panel⌘ + F8
Show/hide Gradient panel⌘ + F9
Show/hide Stroke panel⌘ + F10
Show/hide Attributes panel⌘ + F11
RevertF12
Show/hide Graphic Styles panel⇧ + F5
Show/hide Appearance panel⇧ + F6
Show/hide Align panel⇧ + F7
Show/hide Transform panel⇧ + F8
Show/hide Pathfinder panel⇧ + ⌘ + F9
Show/hide Transparency panel⇧ + ⌘ + F10
Show/hide Symbols panel⇧ + ⌘ + F11