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Adobe Illustrator Keyboard Shortcuts – Categorized Complete List (All Versions) for Windows & MAC

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Here are all the keyboard shortcuts which you can use in Adobe Illustrator (All Versions). The list below is categorized thus you can easily understand about shortcuts for every function in Adobe Illustrator.

Note: Some of the keyboard shortcuts below would not work on older version of Adobe Illustrator. But most are working perfectly.

Here below are the list of Adobe Illustrator Keyboard Shortcuts for Windows & MAC as well.


Keys for selecting tools

ResultWindowsMac OS
Artboard toolShift + OShift + O
Selection toolVV
Direct Selection toolAA
Magic Wand toolYY
Lasso toolQQ
Pen toolPP
Blob Brush toolShift + BShift + B
Add Anchor Point tool+ (plus)+ (plus)
Delete Anchor Point tool– (minus)– (minus)
Convert Anchor Point toolShift + CShift + C
Type toolTT
Line Segment tool\ (backslash)\ (backslash)
Rectangle toolMM
Ellipse toolLL
Paintbrush toolBB
Pencil toolNN
Rotate toolRR
Reflect toolOO
Scale toolSS
Warp toolShift + RShift + R
Width ToolShift+WShift+W
Free Transform toolEE
Shape Builder ToolShift+MShift+M
Perspective Grid ToolShift+PShift+P
Perspective Selection ToolShift+VShift+V
Symbol Sprayer toolShift + SShift + S
Column Graph toolJJ
Mesh toolUU
Gradient toolGG
Eyedropper toolII
Blend toolWW
Live Paint Bucket toolKK
Live Paint Selection toolShift + LShift + L
Slice toolShift + KShift + K
Eraser toolShift + EShift + E
Scissors toolCC
Hand toolHH
Zoom toolZZ
Switch to Smooth tool while using Blob Brush toolPress AltPress Option

Keys for viewing artwork

This is not a complete list of keyboard shortcuts. This table lists only those shortcuts that are not displayed in menu commands or tool tips.

ResultWindowsMac OS
Toggle between screen modes: Normal Screen Mode, Full Screen Mode with Menu Bar, Full Screen ModeFF
Fit imageable area in windowDouble-click Hand toolDouble-click Hand tool
Magnify 100%Double-click Zoom toolDouble-click Zoom tool
Switch to Hand tool (when not in text-edit mode)SpacebarSpacebar
Switch to Zoom tool in magnify modeCtrl + SpacebarSpacebar + Command
Switch to Zoom tool in reduce modeCtrl + Alt + SpacebarSpacebar + Command + Option
Move Zoom marquee while dragging with the Zoom toolSpacebarSpacebar
Hide unselected artworkControl + Alt + Shift + 3Command + Option + Shift + 3
Convert between horizontal and vertical guideAlt-drag guideOption-drag guide
Release guideCtrl + Shift-double-click guideCommand + Shift-double-click guide
Show/Hide artboardsCtrl + Shift + HCommand + Shift + H
Show/Hide artboard rulersCtrl + Alt + RCommand + Option + R
View all artboards in windowCtrl + Alt + 0 (zero)Command + Option + 0 (zero)
Paste in place on the active artboardCtrl+Shift+VCommand+Shift+V
Exit Artboard tool modeEscEsc
Create artboard inside another artboardShift-dragShift-drag
Select multiple artboards in the Artboards panelCtrl+clickCommand+click
Navigate to next documentCtrl + F6Command+F6
Navigate to previous documentCtrl + Shift + F6Command+Shift+F6
Navigate to next document groupCtrl + Alt + F6Command+Option+F6
Navigate to previous document groupCtrl + Alt + Shift + F6Command+Option+Shift+F6
Exit Full Screen modeEscEsc
Save multiple artboards to Illustrator CS3 or earlier formatAlt + v


Keys for drawing

This is not a complete list of keyboard shortcuts. This table lists only those shortcuts that are not displayed in menu commands or tool tips.

ResultWindowsMac OS
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-dragShift-drag
Move a shape while drawing itspacebar-dragspacebar-drag
Draw from the center of a shape (except for polygons, stars, and flares)Alt-dragOption-drag
Increase or decrease polygon sides, star points, arc angle, spiral winds, or flare raysStart dragging, then press the Up Arrow or Down ArrowStart dragging, then press the Up Arrow or Down Arrow
Keep the inner radius of a star constantStart dragging, then hold down CtrlStart dragging, then hold down Command
Keep the sides of a star straightAlt-dragOption-drag
Switch between an open and closed arcStart dragging, then hold down CStart dragging, then hold down C
Flip an arc, keeping the reference point constantStart dragging, then hold down FStart dragging, then hold down SF
Add or subtract winds from a spiral while increasing the length of the spiralStart dragging, then Alt-dragStart dragging then Option-drag
Change the decay rate of a spiralStart dragging then Ctrl-dragStart dragging then Command-drag
Add or remove horizontal lines from a rectangular grid or concentric lines from a polar gridStart dragging, then press the Up Arrow or Down ArrowStart dragging, then press the Up Arrow or Down Arrow
Add or remove vertical lines from a rectangular grid or radial lines from a polar gridStart dragging, then press the Right Arrow or Left ArrowStart 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 FStart 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 VStart 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 XStart 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 CStart dragging, then press C
Create and expand a Live Trace object in one stepAlt-click Live Trace in the Control panel, or hold down Alt and select a tracing preset.Option-click Live Trace in the Control panel, or hold down Option and select a tracing preset.
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 verticallyShiftShift
Switch through drawing modesShift+DShift+D
Join two or more pathsSelect the paths, then press Ctrl+JSelect the paths, then press Command+J
Create corner or smooth joinSelect the paths, then press Shift+Ctrl+Alt+jSelect the anchor point, then press Shift+Command+Option+j

This is not a complete list of keyboard shortcuts. This table lists only those shortcuts that are not displayed in menu commands or tool tips.

ResultsWindowsMac OS
Perspective Grid ToolShift+PShift+P
Perspective Selection ToolShift+VShift+V
Perspective GridCtrl+Shift+ICommand+Shift+I
Moving objects perpendicularlyPress the number 5 key, then click and drag the objectPress 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 gridUse 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 perspectiveCtrl+Alt+dragCommand+Alt+drag
Repeat transforming objects in perspectiveCtrl+DCommand+D
Switching between drawing modesShift+DShift+D

This is not a complete list of keyboard shortcuts. This table lists only those shortcuts that are not displayed in menu commands or tool tips.

ResultWindowsMac OS
Switch to last-used selection tool (Selection tool, Direct Selection tool, or Group Selection tool)CtrlCommand
Switch between Direct Selection tool and Group Selection toolAltOption
Add to a selection with Selection tool, Direct Selection tool, Group Selection tool, Live Paint Selection tool, or Magic Wand toolShift-clickShift-click
Subtract a selection with Selection tool, Direct Selection tool, Group Selection tool, or LIve Paint Selection toolShift-clickShift-click
Subtract from selection with Magic Wand toolAlt-clickOption-click
Add to selection with Lasso toolShift-dragShift-drag
Subtract from selection with Lasso toolAlt-dragOption-drag
Change pointer to cross hair for Lasso toolCaps LockCaps Lock
Select artwork in active artboardCtrl + Alt + ACommand + Option + A
Create crop marks around selected objectAlt + c + o
Select behind an objectPress Ctrl+click twicePress Command+click twice
Select behind in isolation modeCtrl+click twiceCommand+click twice


Keys for moving selections

This is not a complete list of keyboard shortcuts. This table lists only those shortcuts that are not displayed in menu commands or tool tips.

ResultWindowsMac OS
Move selection in user-defined incrementsRight Arrow, Left Arrow, Up Arrow, or Down ArrowRight Arrow, Left Arrow, Up Arrow, or Down Arrow
Move selection in 10x user-defined incrementsShift + Right Arrow, Left Arrow, Up Arrow, or Down ArrowShift + Right Arrow, Left Arrow, Up Arrow, or Down Arrow
Lock all deselected artworkCtrl + Alt + Shift + 2Command + Option + Shift + 2
Constrain movement to 45° angle (except when using Reflect tool)Hold down ShiftHold down Shift

Note: Set keyboard increments in General Preferences

Keys for editing shapes

This is not a complete list of keyboard shortcuts. This table lists only those shortcuts that are not displayed in menu commands or tool tips.

ResultWindowsMac OS
Switch Pen tool to Convert Anchor Point toolAltOption
Switch between Add Anchor Point tool and Delete Anchor Point toolAltOption
Switch Scissors tool to Add Anchor Point toolAltOption
Switch Pencil tool to Smooth toolAltOption
Move current anchor point while drawing with Pen toolSpacebar-dragSpacebar-drag
Cut a straight line with Knife toolAlt-dragOption-drag
Cut at 45° or 90° with Knife toolShift + Alt-dragShift + Option-drag
Use shape mode buttons in Pathfinder panel to create compound pathsAlt + Shape modeOption + Shape mode
Erase unwanted closed regions created using Shape Builder toolAlt+click the closed regionOption+click the closed region
Select the Shape Builder toolShift+MShift+M
Display rectangular marquee to easily merge multiple paths (when using Shape Builder tool)Shift+click+dragShift+click+drag

Keys for painting objects

ResultWindowsMac OS
Toggle between fill and strokeXX
Set fill and stroke to defaultDD
Swap fill and strokeShift + XShift + X
Select gradient fill mode>>
Select color fill mode<<
Select no stroke/fill mode/ (forward slash)/ (forward slash)
Sample color from an image or intermediate color from gradientShift + Eyedropper toolShift + Eyedropper tool
Sample style and append appearance of currently selected itemAlt + Shift-click + Eyedropper toolOption + Shift-click + Eyedropper tool
Add new fillCtrl + / (forward slash)Command + / (forward slash)
Add new strokeCtrl + Alt + / (forward slash)Command + Option + / (forward slash)
Reset gradient to black and whiteCtrl-click gradient button in Tools panel or Gradient panelCommand-click gradient button in Tools panel or Gradient panel
Open Mosaic options for selected raster objectAlt + o + j
Decrease Bristle brush size[[
Increase Bristle brush size]]
Set Bristle brush paint opacity valueNumber keys 1 – 0.

Number key 1 increases the value to 10%

Number key 0 increases the value to 100%

Number keys 1 – 0.

Number key 1 increases the value to 10%

Number key 0 increases the value to 100%

Keys for working with Live Paint groups

ResultWindowsMac OS
Switch to Eyedropper tool and sample fill and/or strokeAlt-click + Live Paint Bucket toolOption-click + Live Paint Bucket tool
Switch to Eyedropper tool and sample color from an image or intermediate color from a gradientAlt + Shift-click + Live Paint Bucket toolOption + 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 toolShift + Live Paint Bucket tool
Fill across unstroked edges into adjacent facesDouble-click + Live Paint Bucket toolDouble-click + Live Paint Bucket tool
Fill all faces that have same fill and stroke all edges that have same strokeTriple-click + Live Paint Bucket toolTriple-click + Live Paint Bucket tool
Switch to Eyedropper tool and sample fill and/or strokeAlt-click + Live Paint Selection toolOption-click + Live Paint Selection tool
Switch to Eyedropper tool and sample color from an image or intermediate color from a gradientAlt + Shift-click + Live Paint Selection toolOption + Shift-click + Live Paint Selection tool
Add to/subtract from a selectionShift-click + Live Paint Selection toolShift-click + Live Paint Selection tool
Select all connected faces /edges with same fill/strokeDouble-click + Live Paint Selection toolDouble-click + Live Paint Selection tool
Select all faces/edges with same fill/strokeTriple-click + Live Paint Selection toolTriple-click + Live Paint Selection tool


Keys for transforming objects

ResultWindowsMac OS
Set origin point and open dialog box when using Rotate tool, Scale tool, Reflect tool, or Shear toolAlt-clickOption-click
Duplicate and transform selection when using Selection tool, Scale tool, Reflect tool, or Shear toolAlt-dragOption-drag
Transform pattern (independent of object) when using Selection tool, Scale tool, Reflect tool, or Shear toolTilde (~)-dragTilde (~)-drag
ResultsWindowsMac OS
Select multiple width pointsShift+clickShift+click
Create non-uniform widthsAlt+dragOption+drag
Create a copy of the width pointAlt+drag the width pointOptions+drag the width point
Change the position of multiple width pointsShift+dragShift+drag
Delete selected width pointDeleteDelete
Deselect a width pointEscEsc

Keys for working with type

ResultWindowsMac OS
Move one character right or leftRight Arrow or Left ArrowRight Arrow or Left Arrow
Move up or down one lineUp Arrow or Down ArrowUp Arrow or Down Arrow
Move one word right or leftCtrl + Right Arrow or Left ArrowCommand + Right Arrow or Left Arrow
Move up or down one paragraphCtrl + Up Arrow or Down ArrowCommand + Up Arrow or Down Arrow
Select one word right or leftShift + Ctrl + Right Arrow or Left ArrowShift + Command + Right Arrow or Left Arrow
Select one paragraph before or afterShift + Ctrl + Up Arrow or Down ArrowShift + Command + Up Arrow or Down Arrow
Extend existing selectionShift-clickShift-click
Align paragraph left, right, or centerCtrl + Shift + L, R, or CCommand + Shift + L, R, or C
Justify paragraphCtrl + Shift + JCommand + Shift + J
Insert soft returnShift + EnterShift + Return
Highlight kerningCtrl + Alt + KCommand + Option + K
Reset horizontal scale to 100%Ctrl + Shift + XCommand + Shift + X
Increase or decrease type sizeCtrl + Shift + > or <Command + Shift + > or <
Increase or decrease leadingAlt + 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)
Reset tracking/kerning to 0Ctrl + Alt + QCommand + Option + Q
Increase or decrease kerning and trackingAlt + 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 timesCtrl + 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 shiftAlt + 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 toolsShiftShift
Switch between Area Type and Path Type, Vertical Area Type and Vertical Path Type toolsAltOption

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


Keys for using panels

ResultWindowsMac OS
Set options (except for Actions, Brushes, Swatches, and Symbols panels)Alt-click New buttonOption-click New button
Delete without confirmation (except for Layers panel)Alt-click Delete buttonOption-click Delete button
Apply value and keep text box activeShift + EnterShift + Return
Select range of actions, brushes, layers, links, styles, or swatchesShift-clickShift-click
Select noncontiguous actions, brushes, layers (same level only), links, styles, or swatchesCtrl-clickCommand-click
Show/Hide all panelsTabTab
Show/Hide all panels except the Tools panel and Control panelShift + TabShift + Tab

Keys for the Actions panel

This is not a complete list of keyboard shortcuts. This table lists only those shortcuts that are not displayed in menu commands or tool tips.

ResultWindowsMac OS
Expand/Collapse entire hierarchy for action setAlt-click expansion triangleOption-click expansion triangle
Set options for action setDouble-click folder iconDouble-click folder icon
Play a single commandCtrl-click Play Current Selection buttonCommand-click Play Current Selection button
Begin recording actions without confirmationAlt-click New Action buttonOption-click New Action button

Keys for the Brushes panel

ResultWindowsMac OS
Open Brush Options dialog boxDouble-click brushDouble-click brush
Duplicate brushDrag brush to New Brush buttonDrag brush to New Brush button

Keys for the Character and Paragraph panels

This is not a complete list of keyboard shortcuts. This table lists only those shortcuts that are not displayed in menu commands or tool tips.

ResultWindowsMac OS
Increase/decrease the selected value by a small incrementUp Arrow or Down ArrowUp Arrow or Down Arrow
Increase/decreases the selected value by a large incrementShift + Up Arrow or Down ArrowShift + Up Arrow or Down Arrow
Highlight the font name field in the Character panelCtrl + Alt + Shift + FCommand + Option + Shift + F

Keys for the Color panel

This is not a complete list of keyboard shortcuts. This table lists only those shortcuts that are not displayed in menu commands or tool tips.

ResultWindowsMac OS
Select the complement for the current color fill/strokeCtrl-click color barCommand-click color bar
Change the nonactive fill/strokeAlt-click color barOption-click color bar
Select the complement for the nonactive fill/strokeCtrl + Alt-click color barCommand + Option-click color bar
Select the inverse for the current fill/strokeCtrl + Shift-click color barCommand + Shift-click color bar
Select the inverse for the nonactive fill/strokeCtrl + Shift + Alt-click color barCommand + Shift + Option-click color bar
Change the color modeShift-click color barShift-click color bar
Move color sliders in tandemShift-drag color sliderShift-drag color slider
Switch between percentage and 0-255 values for RGBDouble-click to right of a numerical fieldDouble-click to right of a numerical field

Keys for the Gradient panel

This is not a complete list of keyboard shortcuts. This table lists only those shortcuts that are not displayed in menu commands or tool tips.

ResultWindowsMac OS
Duplicate color stopsAlt-dragOption-drag
Swap color stopsAlt-drag color stop onto another stopOption-drag color stop onto another color stop
Apply swatch color to active (or selected) color stopAlt-click swatch in the Swatches panelOption-click swatch in the Swatches panel
Reset the gradient fill to default black and white linear gradientCtrl-click Gradient Fill box in the Gradient panelCommand-click Gradient Fill box in the Gradient panel
Show/Hide gradient arrowCtrl + Alt + GCommand + Option + G
Modify angle and end-point togetherAlt-drag end point of gradient annotatorOption-drag end point of gradient annotator
Constrain Gradient tool or Gradient annotator while draggingShift-dragShift-drag
View Gradient annotator in selected gradient filled objectGG

Keys for the Layers panel

This is not a complete list of keyboard shortcuts. This table lists only those shortcuts that are not displayed in menu commands or tool tips.

ResultWindowsMac OS
Select all objects on the layerAlt-click layer nameOption-click layer name
Show/hide all layers but the selected oneAlt-click eye iconOption-click eye icon
Select Outline/Preview view for the selected layerCtrl-click eye iconCommand-click eye icon
Selects Outline/Preview view for all other layersCtrl + Alt-click eye iconCommand + Option-click eye icon
Lock/unlock all other layersAlt-click lock iconOption-click lock icon
Expand all sublayers to display entire hierarchyAlt-click expansion triangleOption-click expansion triangle
Set options as you create new layerAlt-click New Layer buttonOption-click New Layer button
Set options as you create new sublayerAlt-click New Sublayer buttonOption-click New Sublayer button
Place new sublayer at bottom of layer listCtrl + Alt-click New Sublayer buttonCommand + Option-click New Sublayer button
Place layer at top of layer listCtrl-click New Layer buttonCommand-click New Layer button
Place layer below selected layerCtrl + Alt-click New Layer buttonCommand + Option-click New Layer button
Copy the selection to a layer, sublayer, or groupAlt-drag selectionOption-drag selection

Keys for the Swatches panel

This is not a complete list of keyboard shortcuts. This table lists only those shortcuts that are not displayed in menu commands or tool tips.

ResultWindowsMac OS
Create new spot colorCtrl-click New Swatch buttonCommand-click New Swatch button
Create new global process colorCtrl + Shift-click New Swatch buttonCommand + Shift-click New Swatch button
Replace swatch with anotherAlt-drag a swatch over anotherOption-drag a swatch over another

Keys for the Transform panel

ResultWindowsMac OS
Apply a value and keep focus in edit fieldShift + EnterShift + Return
Apply a value and copy objectAlt + EnterOption + Return
Apply a value and scale option proportionately for width or heightCtrl + EnterCommand + Return

Keys for the Transparency panel

ResultWindowsMac OS
Change mask to grayscale image for editingAlt-click on mask thumbnailOption-click on mask thumbnail
Disable opacity maskShift-click on mask thumbnailShift-click on mask thumbnail
Re-enable opacity maskShift-click on disabled mask thumbnailShift-click on disabled mask thumbnail
Increase/decrease opacity in 1% incrementsClick opacity field + Up Arrow or Down ArrowClick opacity field + Up Arrow or Down Arrow
Increase/decrease opacity in 10% incrementsShift-click opacity field + Up Arrow or Down ArrowShift-click opacity field + Up Arrow or Down Arrow
ResultWindowsMac OS
Invoke HelpF1F1
CutF2F2
CopyF3F3
PasteF4F4
Show/hide Brushes panelF5F5
Show/hide Color panelF6F6
Show/hide Layers panelF7F7
Create new symbolF8F8
Show/hide Info panelCtrl + F8Command + F8
Show/hide Gradient panelCtrl + F9Command + F9
Show/hide Stroke panelCtrl + F10Command + F10
Show/hide Attributes panelCtrl + F11Command + F11
RevertF12F12
Show/hide Graphic Styles panelShift + F5Shift + F5
Show/hide Appearance panelShift + F6Shift + F6
Show/hide Align panelShift + F7Shift + F7
Show/hide Transform panelShift + F8Shift + F8
Show/hide Pathfinder panelShift + Ctrl + F9Shift + Command + F9
Show/hide Transparency panelShift + Ctrl + F10Shift + Command + F10
Show/hide Symbols panelShift + Ctrl + F11Shift + Command + F11
Show/hide perspective gridCtrl+Shift+ICommand+Shift+I

 

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