Illustrator shortcuts (Printable cheat sheet)

by Stefano Bernardi

A few weeks ago I compiled a list of InDesign shortcuts that I use daily and made a A4 printable cheat sheet (You can find it here). Lots of people downloaded it, and asked me if I could make the same thing for Illustrator.

So, here it is:  a single A4 printable cheat sheet that you can always have on your desk, ready to be checked. I hope this will help you memorize a few more shortcuts and be even more productive.

Here are the ready-to-be-printed PDFs with the most important and used shortcuts:download-pdf-icon

In case you wonder, I made also a Desktop Background with these shortcuts. Here they are:

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A full list of Illustrator keyboard shortcuts

Illustrators has so many shortcuts that they didn’t fit into a single A4, so the printable cheat sheet above includes only the ones that I use the most and that I believe are the most important for day to day work.

However, here is also a more exhaustive list, in case I missed your favorites.

Application

Command Mac OS Windows
Help F1 F1
General ⌘ + K Ctrl + K
Units ⌘ + , Ctrl + ,
Hide Others ⌥ + ⌘ + H Alt + Ctrl + H
Quit Illustrator ⌘ + Q Ctrl + Q
Revert ⌥ + ⌘ + Z Alt + Ctrl + Z
Place ⇧ + ⌘ + P ⇧ + Ctrl + P
Package ⌥ + ⇧ + ⌘ + P Alt + ⇧ + Ctrl + P
Other Script ⌘ + F12 Ctrl + F12
Document Setup ⌥ + ⌘ + P Alt + Ctrl + P
File Info ⌥ + ⇧ + ⌘ + I Alt + ⇧ + Ctrl + I
Print ⌘ + P Ctrl + P
Keyboard Shortcuts ⌥ + ⇧ + ⌘ + K Alt + ⇧ + Ctrl + K
Navigate to Next Document ⌘ + ` Ctrl + `
Navigate to Previous Document ⇧ + ⌘ + ` ⇧ + Ctrl + `

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Files

Command Mac OS Windows
New ⌘ + N Ctrl + N
New from Template ⇧ + ⌘ + N ⇧ + Ctrl + N
Open ⌘ + O Ctrl + O
Browse in Bridge ⌥ + ⌘ + O Alt + Ctrl + O
Close ⌘ + W Ctrl + W
Save ⌘ + S Ctrl + S
Save As ⇧ + ⌘ + S ⇧ + Ctrl + S
Save a Copy ⌥ + ⌘ + S Alt + Ctrl + S
Save for Web ⌥ + ⇧ + ⌘ + S Alt + ⇧ + Ctrl + S

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Basic Operations

Command Mac OS Windows
Artboard ⇧ + O ⇧ + O
Undo ⌘ + Z Ctrl + Z
Redo ⇧ + ⌘ + Z ⇧ + Ctrl + Z
Cut ⌘ + X Ctrl + X
Copy ⌘ + C Ctrl + C
Paste ⌘ + V Ctrl + V
Paste in Front ⌘ + F Ctrl + F
Paste in Back ⌘ + B Ctrl + B
Paste in Place ⇧ + ⌘ + V ⇧ + Ctrl + V
Paste on All Artboards ⌥ + ⇧ + ⌘ + V Alt + ⇧ + Ctrl + V
Check Spelling ⌘ + I Ctrl + I
Color Settings ⇧ + ⌘ + K ⇧ + Ctrl + K
Select All ⌘ + A Ctrl + A
Select All on Active Artboard ⌥ + ⌘ + A Alt + Ctrl + A
Deselect ⇧ + ⌘ + A ⇧ + Ctrl + A
Reselect ⌘ + 6 Ctrl + 6
Next Object Above ⌥ + ⌘ + ] Alt + Ctrl + ]
Next Object Below ⌥ + ⌘ + [ Alt + Ctrl + [

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Tools

Command Mac OS Windows
Selection V V
Direct Selection A A
Magic Wand Y Y
Lasso Q Q
Pen P P
Add Anchor Point = =
Delete Anchor Point - -
Anchor Point ⇧ + C ⇧ + C
Curvature Tool ⇧ + ` ⇧ + `
Type T T
Touch Type ⇧ + T ⇧ + T
Line Segment \ \
Rectangle M M
Ellipse L L
Paintbrush B B
Blob Brush ⇧ + B ⇧ + B
Pencil N N
Eraser ⇧ + E ⇧ + E
Scissors C C
Rotate R R
Reflect O O
Scale S S
Width ⇧ + W ⇧ + W
Warp ⇧ + R ⇧ + R
Free Transform E E
Shape Builder ⇧ + M ⇧ + M
Live Paint Bucket K K
Live Paint Selection ⇧ + L ⇧ + L
Perspective Grid ⇧ + P ⇧ + P
Perspective Selection ⇧ + V ⇧ + V
Mesh U U
Gradient G G
Eyedropper I I
Blend W W
Symbol Sprayer ⇧ + S ⇧ + S
CC Charts Tool J J
Slice ⇧ + K ⇧ + K
Hand H H
Zoom Z Z
Toggle Fill/Stroke X X
Default D D
Swap Fill/Stroke ⇧ + X ⇧ + X
Color , ,
Gradient . .
None / /
Toggle Screen Mode F F
Show/Hide All Palettes Tab Tab
Show/Hide All But Toolbox ⇧ + Tab ⇧ + Tab
Increase Diameter ] ]
Decrease Diameter [ [
Symbolism Tools - Increase Intensity ⇧ + } ⇧ + }
Symbolism Tools - Decrease Intensity ⇧ + { ⇧ + {
Toggle Drawing Mode ⇧ + D ⇧ + D

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Object Editing

Command Mac OS Windows
Transform Again ⌘ + D Ctrl + D
Move ⇧ + ⌘ + M ⇧ + Ctrl + M
Bring to Front ⇧ + ⌘ + ] ⇧ + Ctrl + ]
Bring Forward ⌘ + ] Ctrl + ]
Send Backward ⌘ + [ Ctrl + [
Send to Back ⇧ + ⌘ + [ ⇧ + Ctrl + [
Group ⌘ + G Ctrl + G
Ungroup ⇧ + ⌘ + G ⇧ + Ctrl + G
Selection ⌘ + 2 Ctrl + 2
Unlock All ⌥ + ⌘ + 2 Alt + Ctrl + 2
Selection ⌘ + 3 Ctrl + 3
Show All ⌥ + ⌘ + 3 Alt + Ctrl + 3
Join ⌘ + J Ctrl + J
Average ⌥ + ⌘ + J Alt + Ctrl + J
Edit Pattern ⇧ + ⌘ + F8 ⇧ + Ctrl + F8
Make ⌥ + ⌘ + B Alt + Ctrl + B
Release ⌥ + ⇧ + ⌘ + B Alt + ⇧ + Ctrl + B
Make with Warp ⌥ + ⇧ + ⌘ + W Alt + ⇧ + Ctrl + W
Make with Mesh ⌥ + ⌘ + M Alt + Ctrl + M
Make with Top Object ⌥ + ⌘ + C Alt + Ctrl + C
Make ⌥ + ⌘ + X Alt + Ctrl + X
Make ⌘ + 7 Ctrl + 7
Release ⌥ + ⌘ + 7 Alt + Ctrl + 7
Make ⌘ + 8 Ctrl + 8
Release ⌥ + ⇧ + ⌘ + 8 Alt + ⇧ + Ctrl + 8
Create Outlines ⇧ + ⌘ + O ⇧ + Ctrl + O
Show Hidden Characters ⌥ + ⌘ + I Alt + Ctrl + I
Apply Last Effect ⇧ + ⌘ + E ⇧ + Ctrl + E
Last Effect ⌥ + ⇧ + ⌘ + E Alt + ⇧ + Ctrl + E

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View and Navigation

Command Mac OS Windows
Preview ⌘ + Y Ctrl + Y
GPU Preview ⌘ + E Ctrl + E
Overprint Preview ⌥ + ⇧ + ⌘ + Y Alt + ⇧ + Ctrl + Y
Pixel Preview ⌥ + ⌘ + Y Alt + Ctrl + Y
Zoom In ⌘ + = Ctrl + =
Zoom Out ⌘ + - Ctrl + -
Fit Artboard in Window ⌘ + 0 Ctrl + 0
Fit All in Window ⌥ + ⌘ + 0 Alt + Ctrl + 0
Actual Size ⌘ + 1 Ctrl + 1

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Menu Commands

Command Mac OS Windows
Hide Edges ⌘ + H Ctrl + H
Hide Artboards ⇧ + ⌘ + H ⇧ + Ctrl + H
Show Template ⇧ + ⌘ + W ⇧ + Ctrl + W
Show Rulers ⌘ + R Ctrl + R
Change to Artboard Rulers ⌥ + ⌘ + R Alt + Ctrl + R
Hide Bounding Box ⇧ + ⌘ + B ⇧ + Ctrl + B
Show Transparency Grid ⇧ + ⌘ + D ⇧ + Ctrl + D
Show Text Threads ⇧ + ⌘ + Y ⇧ + Ctrl + Y
Hide Gradient Annotator ⌥ + ⌘ + G Alt + Ctrl + G
Hide Guides ⌘ + ; Ctrl + ;
Lock Guides ⌥ + ⌘ + ; Alt + Ctrl + ;
Make Guides ⌘ + 5 Ctrl + 5
Release Guides ⌥ + ⌘ + 5 Alt + Ctrl + 5
Smart Guides ⌘ + U Ctrl + U
Show Grid ⇧ + ⌘ + I ⇧ + Ctrl + I
Show Grid ⌘ + ' Ctrl + '
Snap to Grid ⇧ + ⌘ + ' ⇧ + Ctrl + '
Snap to Point ⌥ + ⌘ + ' Alt + Ctrl + '
Minimize Window ⌘ + M Ctrl + M
Align ⇧ + F7 ⇧ + F7
Appearance ⇧ + F6 ⇧ + F6
Attributes ⌘ + F11 Ctrl + F11
Brushes F5 F5
Color F6 F6
Color Guide ⇧ + F3 ⇧ + F3
Gradient ⌘ + F9 Ctrl + F9
Graphic Styles ⇧ + F5 ⇧ + F5
Info ⌘ + F8 Ctrl + F8
Layers F7 F7
Pathfinder ⇧ + ⌘ + F9 ⇧ + Ctrl + F9
Stroke ⌘ + F10 Ctrl + F10
Symbols ⇧ + ⌘ + F11 ⇧ + Ctrl + F11
Transform ⇧ + F8 ⇧ + F8
Transparency ⇧ + ⌘ + F10 ⇧ + Ctrl + F10

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Text

Command Mac OS Windows
Character ⌘ + T Ctrl + T
OpenType ⌥ + ⇧ + ⌘ + T Alt + ⇧ + Ctrl + T
Paragraph ⌥ + ⌘ + T Alt + Ctrl + T
Tabs ⇧ + ⌘ + T ⇧ + Ctrl + T
Insert Hyphen ⇧ + ⌘ + - ⇧ + Ctrl + -
Point Size Up ⇧ + ⌘ + . ⇧ + Ctrl + .
Point Size Down ⇧ + ⌘ + , ⇧ + Ctrl + ,
Font Size Step Up ⌥ + ⇧ + ⌘ + . Alt + ⇧ + Ctrl + .
Font Size Step Down ⌥ + ⇧ + ⌘ + , Alt + ⇧ + Ctrl + ,
Kern Looser ⇧ + ⌘ + ] ⇧ + Ctrl + ]
Kern Tighter ⇧ + ⌘ + [ ⇧ + Ctrl + [
Tracking ⌥ + ⌘ + K Alt + Ctrl + K
Clear Tracking ⌥ + ⌘ + Q Alt + Ctrl + Q
Spacing ⌥ + ⇧ + ⌘ + O Alt + ⇧ + Ctrl + O
Uniform Type ⇧ + ⌘ + X ⇧ + Ctrl + X
Highlight Font ⌥ + ⇧ + ⌘ + F Alt + ⇧ + Ctrl + F
Highlight Font (Secondary) ⌥ + ⇧ + ⌘ + M Alt + ⇧ + Ctrl + M
Left Align Text ⇧ + ⌘ + L ⇧ + Ctrl + L
Center Text ⇧ + ⌘ + C ⇧ + Ctrl + C
Right Align Text ⇧ + ⌘ + R ⇧ + Ctrl + R
Justify Text Left ⇧ + ⌘ + J ⇧ + Ctrl + J
Justify All Lines ⇧ + ⌘ + F ⇧ + Ctrl + F
Toggle Auto Hyphenation ⌥ + ⇧ + ⌘ + H Alt + ⇧ + Ctrl + H
Toggle Line Composer ⌥ + ⇧ + ⌘ + C Alt + ⇧ + Ctrl + C

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Others

Command Mac OS Windows
Switch Selection Tools ⌥ + ⌘ + Tab Alt + Ctrl + Tab
Lock Others ⌥ + ⇧ + ⌘ + 2 Alt + ⇧ + Ctrl + 2
Hide Others ⌥ + ⇧ + ⌘ + 3 Alt + ⇧ + Ctrl + 3
Repeat Pathfinder ⌘ + 4 Ctrl + 4
Average & Join ⌥ + ⇧ + ⌘ + J Alt + ⇧ + Ctrl + J
New Symbol F8 F8
Add New Fill ⌘ + / Ctrl + /
Add New Stroke ⌥ + ⌘ + / Alt + Ctrl + /
New Layer ⌘ + L Ctrl + L
New Layer with Dialog ⌥ + ⌘ + L Alt + Ctrl + L
Switch Units ⌥ + ⇧ + ⌘ + U Alt + ⇧ + Ctrl + U
New File (No Dialog) ⌥ + ⌘ + N Alt + Ctrl + N
Close All ⌥ + ⌘ + W Alt + Ctrl + W
Cut (Secondary) F2 F2
Copy (Secondary) F3 F3
Paste (Secondary) F4 F4
Zoom In (Secondary) ⌘ + + Ctrl + +
Navigate to Next Document Group ⌥ + ⌘ + ` Alt + Ctrl + `
Navigate to Previous Document Group ⌥ + ⇧ + ⌘ + ` Alt + ⇧ + Ctrl + `

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Stefano Bernardi
Stefano Bernardi

Stefano has worked on numerous mid to large–sized InDesign projects for Alstom, DeLonghi, Philips, and many others before starting Redokun in 2015.
As Redokun’s Co-Founder, Stefano spends most of his time helping customers to optimize their InDesign work-flow. He also holds in-house InDesign courses for companies in the Venice, Italy area.

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