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:
|Add Anchor Point tool||+ (plus)||+ (plus)|
|Delete Anchor Point tool||- (minus)||- (minus)|
|Shape Builder Tool||Shift + M||Shift + M|
|Hand tool||H or spacebar (temp)||H or spacebar (temp)|
|Select all items||Control + A||Command + A|
|Zoom in||Control + (plus)||Command + (plus)|
|Zoom out||Control + (minus)||Command + (minus)|
|Add to selection||Shift - click||Shift-click|
|Lock selection||Control + 2||Command +2|
|Unlock all artwork||Control + Alt + 2||Command + Option + 2|
|Duplicate||Alt + drag||Option + drag|
|Scale proportionally with Selection tool||Shift + drag bounding box||Shift + drag bounding box|
|Show/hide artboards||Control + Shift + H||Command + Shift + H|
|Show/hide artboard rulers||Control + R||Command + R|
|Align text left/centre/right||Control + Shift + L/C/R||Command - Shift - L/C/R|
|Paste in place on the active artboard||Control + Shift + V||Command + Shift + V|
|Toggle between fill and stroke||X||X|
|Swap fill and stroke||Shift + X||Shift + X|
|Make a clipping mask||Control + 7||Command + 7|
|Release a clipping mask||Alt + Control + 7||Option + Command + 7|
A full list of Illustrator keyboard shortcuts can be found on the adobe website.
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