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Best Keyboard Shortcuts of Adobe Illustrator

Work with documents

Shortcuts Windows macOS
Create a document Ctrl + N Command + N
Create a document from a template Shift + Ctrl + N Shift + Command + N
Create a document without opening the New Document dialog box Alt + Ctrl + N Option + Command + N
Open a document Ctrl + O Command + O
Place a file in the document Shift + Ctrl + P Shift + Command + P
Open the File Information dialog box Alt + Shift + Ctrl + I Option + Shift + Command + I
Open the Document Setup dialog box Alt + Ctrl + P Option + Command + P
Browse in Adobe Bridge Alt + Ctrl + O Option + Command + O
Close the document window Ctrl + W Command + W
Save changes made to the document Ctrl + S Command  + S
Open the Save As dialog box Shift + Ctrl + S Shift + Command + S
Save a copy of the document Alt + Ctrl + S Option + Command + S
Save the document as script files Ctrl + F12 Command + F12
Open the Export for screens dialog box Alt + Ctrl + E Option + Command + E
Open the Save For Web dialog box Alt + Shift + Ctrl + S Option + Shift + Command + S
Package the document Alt + Shift + Ctrl + P Option + Shift + Command + P
Print Ctrl + P Command + P
Exit the application Ctrl + Q Command + Q

Select tools

Shortcuts Windows macOS
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 + (plus) + (plus)
Delete Anchor Point tool – (minus) – (minus)
Switch to Anchor Point tool Shift + C Shift + C
Type tool T T
Touch Type tool Shift + T Shift + T
Line Segment tool \ (backslash) \ (backslash)
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

Shortcuts Windows macOS
Toggle between screen modes: Normal Screen Mode, Full-Screen Mode with Menu Bar, Full-Screen Mode F F
A 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 Command + 1
Switch to a Hand tool (when not in text-edit mode) Spacebar Spacebar
Switch to Zoom tool in magnify mode Ctrl + Spacebar Spacebar + Command
Switch to Zoom tool to reduce mode Ctrl + Alt + Spacebar Spacebar + Command + Option
Move Zoom marquee while dragging with the Zoom tool Spacebar Spacebar
Hide bounding box Shift + Ctrl + B Shift + Control + B
Hide unselected artwork Control + Alt + Shift + 3 Command + Option + Shift + 3
Convert between the horizontal and vertical guide Alt-drag guide Option-drag guide
Release guide Ctrl + Shift-double-click guide Command + Shift-double-click guide
Show document template Ctrl + H Command + H
Show/Hide artboards Ctrl + Shift + H Command + Shift + H
Show/Hide artboard rulers Ctrl + R Command + Option + R
Show transparency grid Shift + Ctrl + D Shift + Command + D
View all artboards in window Ctrl + Alt + 0 (zero) Command + Option + 0 (zero)
Paste in place on the active artboard Ctrl + Shift+V Command + Shift + V
Exit Artboard tool mode Esc Esc
Create artboard inside another artboard Shift-drag Shift-drag
Select multiple artboards in the Artboards panel Ctrl + click Command + click
Navigate to next document Ctrl + F6 Command + F6
Navigate to the previous document Ctrl + Shift + F6 Command + Shift + F6
Navigate to next document group Ctrl + Alt + F6 Command + Option + F6
Navigate to the previous document group Ctrl + Alt + Shift + F6 Command + Option + Shift + F6
Toggle between Outline and GPU Preview of the document Ctrl + Y Command + Y
Toggle between GPU and CPU Preview of the document Ctrl + E Command + E
View the document in Overprint Preview mode Alt + Shift + Ctrl + Y Option + Shift + Command + Y
View the document in Pixel Preview mode Alt + Ctrl + Y Option + Command + Y
Exit Full-Screen mode Esc Esc
Zoom in Ctrl + = Command + =
Zoom out Ctrl + – Command + –
Hide guides Ctrl + ; Command + ;
Lock guides Alt + Ctrl + ; Option + Command + ;
Make guides Ctrl + 5 Command + 5
Release guides Alt + Ctrl + 5 Option + Ctrl + 5
Show/ hide smart guides Ctrl + U Command + U
Show/ hide the perspective grid Ctrl + Shift + I Command + Shift + I
Show grid Ctrl + ‘ Command + ‘
Snap to grid Shift + Ctrl + ‘ Shift + Command + ‘
Snap to point Alt + Ctrl + ‘ Option + Command + ‘

Work with selections

Shortcuts Windows macOS
Switch to last-used selection tool (Selection tool, Direct Selection tool, or Group Selection tool) Ctrl + ` Command + `
Switch between the Direct Selection tool and Group Selection tool Alt Option
Add to a selection with the 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 a crosshair for Lasso tool Caps Lock Caps Lock
Select artwork in the active artboard Ctrl + Alt + A Command + Option + A
Create crop marks around the selected object Alt + C + O
Select all Ctrl + A Command + A
Deselect Shift + Ctrl + A Shift + Command + A
Reselect Ctrl + 6 Command + 6
Select the object above the current selection Alt + Ctrl + ] Option + Command + ]
Select the object below the current selection Alt + Ctrl + [ Option + Command +
Select behind an object Press Ctrl+click twice Press Command+click twice
Select behind in isolation mode Ctrl+click twice Command+click twice
Group the selected artwork Ctrl + G Command + G
Ungroup the selected artwork Shift + Ctrl + G Shift + Command + G
Lock a selection Ctrl + 2 Command + 2
Unlock a selection Alt + Ctrl + 2 Option + Command + 2
Hide a selection Ctrl + 3 Command + 3
Show all selections Alt + Ctrl + 3 Option + Command + 3
Move selection in user-defined increments Right Arrow, Left Arrow, Up Arrow, or Down Arrow Right Arrow, Left Arrow, Up Arrow, or Down Arrow
Move selection in 10x user-defined increments Shift + Right Arrow, Left Arrow, Up Arrow, or Down Arrow Shift + Right Arrow, Left Arrow, Up Arrow, or Down Arrow
Lock all deselected artwork Ctrl + Alt + Shift + 2 Command + Option + Shift + 2
Constrain movement to 45° angle (except when using Reflect tool) Hold down Shift Hold down Shift
Bring a selection forward Ctrl + ] Command + ]
Move a selection to the front Shift + Ctrl + ] Shift + Command + ]
Send a selection backward Ctrl + [ Command + [
Move a selection to the back Shift + Ctrl + [ Shift + Command + [

Draw

Shortcuts Windows macOS
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-drag Shift-drag
Move a shape while drawing it spacebar-drag spacebar-drag
Draw from the centre 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 Up Arrow or Down Arrow Start dragging, then press the Up Arrow or Down Arrow
Keep the inner radius of a star constant Start dragging, then hold down Ctrl Start dragging, then hold down Command
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 Command-drag
Add or remove horizontal lines from a rectangular grid or concentric lines from a polar grid Start dragging, then press the Up Arrow or Down Arrow Start dragging, then press the Up Arrow or Down Arrow
Add or remove vertical lines from a rectangular grid or radial lines from a polar grid Start dragging, then press the Right Arrow or Left Arrow Start 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 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 the size of Blob Brush ] (right square bracket) ] (right square bracket)
Decrease the size of Blob Brush [ (left square bracket) [ (left square bracket)
Constrain Blob Brush path horizontally or vertically Shift Shift
Switch through drawing modes Shift + D Shift + D
Join two or more paths Select the paths, then press Ctrl + J Select the paths, then press Command + J
Average two or more paths Select the paths, then press Alt + Ctrl + J Select the paths, then press Option + Command + J
Create a corner or smooth join Select the paths, then press Shift + Ctrl + Alt + J Select the anchor point, then press Shift + Command + Option + J
Create a compound path Ctrl + 8 Command + 8
Release a compound path Alt + Shift + Ctrl + 8 Option + Shift + Command + 8
Edit a pattern Shift + Ctrl + F8 Shift + Command +F8
Perspective Grid Tool Shift + P Shift + P
Perspective Selection Tool Shift + V Shift + V
Perspective Grid Ctrl + Shift + I Command + Shift + I
Moving objects perpendicularly Press the number 5 key, then click and drag the object Press the number 5 key, then click and drag the object
Switching perspective planes Use the Perspective Selection tool and then press 1 for the left grid, 2 for the horizontal grid, 3 for the right grid, or 4 for no active grid Use the Perspective Selection tool and then press 1 for the left grid, 2 for the horizontal grid, 3 for the right grid, or 4 for no active grid
Copying objects in perspective Ctrl + Alt + drag Command + Alt + drag
Repeat transforming objects in perspective Ctrl + D Command + D
Switching between drawing modes Shift + D Shift + D

Edit shapes

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

Work with Live Paint groups

Shortcuts Windows macOS
Switch to Eyedropper tool and sample fill and/or stroke Alt-click + Live Paint Bucket tool Option-click + Live Paint Bucket tool
Switch to Eyedropper tool and sample colour from an image or intermediate colour from a gradient Alt + Shift-click + Live Paint Bucket tool Option + 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 tool Shift + Live Paint Bucket tool
Fill across unstroked edges into adjacent faces Double-click + Live Paint Bucket tool Double-click + Live Paint Bucket tool
Fill all faces that have the same fill and stroke all edges that have the same stroke Triple-click + Live Paint Bucket tool Triple-click + Live Paint Bucket tool
Switch to Eyedropper tool and sample fill and/or stroke Alt-click + Live Paint Selection tool Option-click + Live Paint Selection tool
Switch to Eyedropper tool and sample colour from an image or intermediate colour from a gradient Alt + Shift-click + Live Paint Selection tool Option + Shift-click + Live Paint Selection tool
Add to/subtract from a selection Shift-click + Live Paint Selection tool Shift-click + Live Paint Selection tool
Select all connected faces /edges with same fill/stroke Double-click + Live Paint Selection tool Double-click + Live Paint Selection tool
Select all faces/edges with same fill/stroke Triple-click + Live Paint Selection tool Triple-click + Live Paint Selection tool

Work with objects

Shortcuts Windows macOS
Set origin point and open dialogue box when using Rotate tool, Scale tool, Reflect tool, or Shear tool Alt-click Option-click
Duplicate and transform selection when using the Selection tool, Scale tool, Reflect tool, or Shear tool Alt-drag Option-drag
Transform pattern (independent of the object) when using the Selection tool, Scale tool, Reflect tool, or Shear tool Tilde (~)-drag Tilde (~)-drag
Reapply a transformation to an object Ctrl + D Command + D
Apply last pathfinder effect to the selected object Ctrl + 4 Command + 4
Move an object Shift + Ctrl + M Shift + Command + M
Open the Transform Each dialogue box Alt + Shift + Ctrl + D Option + Shift + Command + D
Make a clipping mask Ctrl + 7 Command + 7
Release a clipping mask Alt + Ctrl + 7 Option + Command + 7
Toggle between fill and stroke X X
Set fill and stroke to default D D
Swap fill and stroke Shift + X Shift + X
Select gradient fill mode > >
Hide gradient annotator (when using the Gradient tool) Alt + Ctrl + G Option + Command + G
Select colour fill mode < <
Select no stroke/fill mode / (forward slash) / (forward slash)
Sample colour from an image or intermediate colour from gradient Shift + Eyedropper tool Shift + Eyedropper tool
Sample style and append appearance of the currently selected item Alt + Shift-click + Eyedropper tool Option + Shift-click + Eyedropper tool
Add new fill Ctrl + / (forward slash) Command + / (forward slash)
Add new stroke Ctrl + Alt + / (forward slash) Command + Option + / (forward slash)
Reset gradient to black and white Ctrl-click gradient button in Tools panel or Gradient panel Command-click gradient button in Tools panel or Gradient panel
Make Live Paint (when using the Paint Bucket tool) Alt + Ctrl + X Option + Command + X
Decrease Bristle brush size [ [
Increase Bristle brush size ] ]

Create variable-width points

Shortcuts Windows macOS
Select multiple width points Shift+click Shift+click
Create non-uniform widths Alt+drag Option+drag
Create a copy of the width point Alt+drag the width point Options+drag the width point
Change the position of multiple width points Shift+drag Shift+drag
Delete selected width point Delete Delete
Deselect a width point Esc Esc

Work with type

Shortcuts Windows macOS
Move one character right or left Right Arrow or Left Arrow Right Arrow or Left Arrow
Move up or down one line Up Arrow or Down Arrow Up Arrow or Down Arrow
Move one word right or left Ctrl + Right Arrow or Left Arrow Command + Right Arrow or Left Arrow
Move up or down one paragraph Ctrl + Up Arrow or Down Arrow Command + Up Arrow or Down Arrow
Select one word right or left Shift + Ctrl + Right Arrow or Left Arrow Shift + Command + Right Arrow or Left Arrow
Select one paragraph before or after Shift + Ctrl + Up Arrow or Down Arrow Shift + Command + Up Arrow or Down Arrow
Extend existing selection Shift-click Shift-click
Align paragraph left, right, or center Ctrl + Shift + L, R, or C Command + Shift + L, R, or C
Justify text left Ctrl + Shift + J Command + Shift + J
Justify all lines Shift + Ctrl + F Shift + Command + F
Toggle line composer Alt + Shift + Ctrl + C Option + Shift + Command +
Insert soft return Shift + Enter Shift + Return
Highlight kerning Ctrl + Alt + K Command + Option + K
Reset horizontal scale to 100% Ctrl + Shift + X Command + Shift + X
Increase or decrease font size Ctrl + Shift + . or , Command + Shift + . or ,
Increase or decrease font size by steps Alt + Ctrl + Shift + . or , Option + Command +Shift + . or ,
Increase or decrease leading Alt + 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)
Select tracking value Alt + Ctrl + K Option + Command + K
Reset tracking/kerning to 0 Ctrl + Alt + Q Command + Option + Q
Increase or decrease kerning and tracking Alt + 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 times Ctrl + 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 shift Alt + 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 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 + Command + O
Open the Character panel Ctrl + T Command + T
Open the Paragraph panel Alt + Ctrl + T Option + Command + T
Open the Tabs panel Shift + Ctrl + T Shift + Command + T
Open the OpenType panel Alt + Shift + Ctrl + T Option + Shift + Command + 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 + Command + =
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 + Command + –
Toggle auto-hyphenation Alt + Shift + Ctrl + H Option + Shift + Command + 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 + Command + M
Insert en space Shift + Ctrl + N Shift + Command + N
Insert thin space Alt + Shift + Ctrl + M Option + Shift + Command + M
Show hidden characters Alt + Ctrl + I Option + Command + I

Use panels

Shortcuts Windows macOS
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 + Command + U
Delete without confirmation (except for Layers panel) Alt-click Delete button Option-click Delete button
Apply value and keep text box active Shift + Enter Shift + Return
Select a range of actions, brushes, layers, links, styles, or swatches Shift-click Shift-click
Select noncontiguous actions, brushes, layers (same level only), links, styles, or swatches Ctrl-click Command-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 + Up or Down Arrow Command + Up or Down Arrow
Increase/ decrease measurement unit by 10x Shift + Up or Down Arrow Shift + Up or Down Arrow

Actions panel

Shortcuts Windows macOS
Expand/Collapse the entire hierarchy for action set Alt-click expansion triangle Option-click expansion triangle
Set options for action set Double-click folder icon Double-click folder icon
Play a single command Ctrl-click Play Current Selection button Command-click Play Current Selection button
Begin recording actions without confirmation Alt-click New Action button Option-click New Action button

Brushes panel

Shortcuts Windows macOS
Open Brush Options dialogue box Double-click brush Double-click brush
Duplicate brush Drag brush to New Brush button Drag brush to New Brush button

Character and Paragraph panels

Shortcuts Windows macOS
Open the Character panel Ctrl + T Command + T
Open the Paragraph panel Alt + Ctrl + T Option + Command + T
Increase/decrease the selected value by a small increment Up Arrow or Down Arrow Up Arrow or Down Arrow
Increase/decreases the selected value by a large increment Shift + Up Arrow or Down Arrow Shift + Up Arrow or Down Arrow
Increase/decrease the selected value by a fraction Ctrl + Up or Down Arrow Command + Up or Down Arrow
Highlight the font name field in the Character panel Ctrl + Alt + Shift + F Command + Option + Shift + F

Colour panel

Shortcuts Windows macOS
Select the complement for the current colour fill/stroke Ctrl-click colour bar Command-click colour bar
Change the nonactive fill/stroke Alt-click colour bar Option-click colour bar
Select the complement for the nonactive fill/stroke Ctrl + Alt-click color bar Command + Option-click color bar
Select the inverse for the current fill/stroke Ctrl + Shift-click color bar Command + Shift-click color bar
Select the inverse for the nonactive fill/stroke Ctrl + Shift + Alt-click color bar Command + Shift + Option-click color bar
Open Color Guide Shift + F3 Shift + F3
Change the colour mode Shift-click colour bar Shift-click colour bar
Move colour sliders in tandem Shift-drag colour slider Shift-drag colour slider
Switch between percentage and 0-255 values for RGB Double-click to right of a numerical field Double-click to right of a numerical field

Gradient panel

Shortcuts Windows macOS
Duplicate colour stops Alt-drag Option-drag
Swap colour stops Alt-drag colour-stop onto another stop Option-drag colour-stop onto another colour stop
Apply swatch colour to active (or selected) colour stop Alt-click swatch in the Swatches panel Option-click swatch in the Swatches panel
Reset the gradient fill to default black and white linear gradient Ctrl-click Gradient Fill box in the Gradient panel Command-click Gradient Fill box in the Gradient panel
Show/Hide gradient arrow Ctrl + Alt + G Command + Option + G
Modify angle and end-point together Alt-drag endpoint of gradient annotator Option-drag endpoint of gradient annotator
Constrain Gradient tool or Gradient annotator while dragging Shift-drag Shift-drag
View Gradient annotator in selected gradient filled object G G

Layers panel

Shortcuts Windows macOS
Add a layer Ctrl + L Command + L
Add a layer while opening the New Layer dialogue box Alt + Ctrl + L Option + Command + L
Select 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
Select the Outline/Preview view for the selected layer Ctrl-click eye icon Command-click eye icon
Selects Outline/Preview view for all other layers Ctrl + Alt-click eye icon Command + Option-click eye icon
Lock/unlock all other layers Alt-click lock icon Option-click lock icon
Expand all sublayers to display the entire hierarchy Alt-click expansion triangle Option-click expansion triangle
Set options as you create a 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 the bottom of the layer list Ctrl + Alt-click New Sublayer button Command + Option-click New Sublayer button
Place layer at top of the layer list Ctrl-click New Layer button Command-click New Layer button
Place layer below the selected layer Ctrl + Alt-click New Layer button Command + Option-click New Layer button
Copy the selection to a layer, sublayer, or group Alt-drag selection Option-drag selection

Swatches panel

Shortcuts Windows macOS
Create a new spot colour Ctrl-click New Swatch button Command-click New Swatch button
Create a new global process colour Ctrl + Shift-click New Swatch button Command + Shift-click New Swatch button
Replace swatch with another Alt-drag a swatch over another Option-drag a swatch over another

Transform panel

Shortcuts Windows macOS
Apply a value and keep focus in the edit field Shift + Enter Shift + Return
Apply a value and copy object Alt + Enter Option + Return
Apply a value and scale option proportionately for width or height Ctrl + Enter Command + Return

Transparency panel

Shortcuts Windows macOS
Apply the last effect to the selected object Shift + Ctrl + E Shift + Command + E
Apply the last effect to the selected object by adjusting the values in the effects dialogue box Alt + Shift + Ctrl +E Option + Shift + Command + E
Change mask to grayscale image for editing Alt-click on the mask thumbnail Option-click on the mask thumbnail
Disable opacity mask Shift-click on the mask thumbnail Shift-click on the mask thumbnail
Re-enable opacity mask Shift-click on the disabled mask thumbnail Shift-click on the disabled mask thumbnail
Increase/decrease opacity in 1% increments Click opacity field + Up Arrow or Down Arrow Click opacity field + Up Arrow or Down Arrow
Increase/decrease opacity in 10% increments Shift-click opacity field + Up Arrow or Down Arrow Shift-click opacity field + Up Arrow or Down Arrow

Function keys

Shortcuts Windows macOS
Invoke Help F1 F1
Cut F2 F2
Copy F3 F3
Paste F4 F4
Show/hide Brushes panel F5 F5
Show/hide Color panel F6 F6
Show/hide Layers panel F7 F7
Create a new symbol F8 F8
Show/hide Info panel Ctrl + F8 Command + F8
Show/hide Gradient panel Ctrl + F9 Command + F9
Show/hide Stroke panel Ctrl + F10 Command + F10
Show/hide Attributes panel Ctrl + F11 Command + F11
Revert F12 F12
Show/hide Graphic Styles panel Shift + F5 Shift + F5
Show/hide Appearance panel Shift + F6 Shift + F6
Show/hide Align panel Shift + F7 Shift + F7
Show/hide Transform panel Shift + F8 Shift + F8
Show/hide Pathfinder panel Shift + Ctrl + F9 Shift + Command + F9
Show/hide Transparency panel Shift + Ctrl + F10 Shift + Command + F10
Show/hide Symbols panel Shift + Ctrl + F11 Shift + Command + F11
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