31 Illustrator Keyboard Shortcuts to improve workflow


Keyboard shortcuts allow you to access Illustrator tools at the tap of a button, rather than hunting in various dropdowns or panels. A good knowledge of keyboard shortcuts can improve your speed and efficiency.

Here are our most used keyboard shortcuts for Windows and macOS:

Tool selection

Pen toolPP
Add Anchor Point tool+ (plus)+ (plus)
Delete Anchor Point tool- (minus)- (minus)
Type toolTT
Rectangle toolMM
Ellipse toolLL
Paintbrush toolBB
Pencil toolNN
Rotate toolRR
Scale toolSS
Shape Builder ToolShift + MShift + M
Gradient toolGG
Hand toolH or spacebar (temp)H or spacebar (temp)
Zoom toolZZ


Select all itemsControl + ACommand + A
Zoom inControl + (plus)Command + (plus)
Zoom outControl + (minus)Command + (minus)
Add to selectionShift - clickShift-click
Lock selectionControl + 2Command +2
Unlock all artworkControl + Alt + 2Command + Option + 2
DuplicateAlt + dragOption + drag
Scale proportionally with Selection toolShift + drag bounding boxShift + drag bounding box
Sample colourII
Show/hide artboardsControl + Shift + HCommand + Shift + H
Show/hide artboard rulersControl + RCommand + R
Align text left/centre/rightControl + Shift + L/C/RCommand - Shift - L/C/R
Paste in place on the active artboardControl + Shift + VCommand + Shift + V
Toggle between fill and strokeXX
Swap fill and strokeShift + XShift + X
Make a clipping maskControl + 7Command + 7
Release a clipping maskAlt + Control + 7Option + Command + 7

A full list of Illustrator keyboard shortcuts can be found on the adobe website.

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