Illustrator Shortcut Keys

Selecting & Moving

To access Selection or Direction Selection tool (whichever was used last) at any timeControl
To switch between Selection and Direct Selection toolsCtrl–
To cycle through tools behind column toolAlt–click tool
To make copy while draggingAlt
Add to a selectionShift
Move selection (in 1-point increments)Arrow keys
Move selection (in 10-point increments)Shift–any Arrow keys
Lock selected artworkCtrl–2
Lock all deselected artworkCtrl–Alt–Shift–2
Unlock all artworkCtrl–Alt–2
Hide selected artworkCtrl–3
Hide all deselected artworkCtrl–Alt–Shift–3
Show all artworkCtrl–Alt–3

Path Editing

Join and Average at same timeCtrl–Alt–Shift–J
To get Anchor Point tool while using Pen toolAlt
Switch between Add Anchor Point and Delete Anchor Point toolsAlt
To get Add Anchor Point tool while using Scissors toolAlt
Move anchor point while drawing with Pen toolSpacebar
Create closed path with Pencil or Paintbrush toolWhen finished drawing, hold Alt and release mouse
Connect to an open (and selected) path with Pencil toolCtrl–drag

Painting & Transforming

To get Eyedropper tool while using Live Paint Bucket toolAlt
Samples intermediate color from gradient, picture, etc. with EyedropperShift
Sets center point and shows dialogAlt–click with tool
Duplicates while transforming selectionAlt–drag
Transform pattern without transforming objectTilde(~)–drag
Scale proportionally with Selection toolShift–drag bounding box
Scale from center with Selection toolAlt–drag bounding box
Move mesh point along path with Mesh toolShift–drag
Add mesh point with Mesh tool without changing colorShift–click
Remove mesh point with Mesh toolAlt–click

Shapes (While Drawing)

Draw from centerAlt
Draw from center with dialogAlt–click
Constrain proportionShift
Constrain orientation of polygons, stars, spiralsShift
Move object while drawingHold Spacebar
Add/subtract sides, points, spiral segmentsUp or Down Arrow
Decrease/Increase inner radiusCtrl
Create continuous duplicates along mouse movementHold Tilde(~) while dragging

Viewing & Guides

To get Hand Tool (while NOT editing Type)Spacebar
Zoom In ToolCtrl–Spacebar
Zoom Out ToolCtrl–Alt–Spacebar
Zoom In to exact sizeCtrl–Spacebar–drag
Switch between Outline and Preview modesCtrl–Y
Switch between GPU and CPU preview (if available)Ctrl–E
Hide/Show all tools and panelsTab
Hide/Show all panels except Tools and ControlShift–Tab
Switch between horizontal/vertical guideHold Alt while dragging out a new guide
Release Guide (turns it into a regular path)Ctrl–Shift–double–click


Increase/Decrease size of selected text by 2ptsCtrl–Shift–> or <
Increase/Decrease size of selected text by 10ptsCtrl–Alt–Shift–> or <
Increase/Decrease Leading by 2ptsAlt–Down/Up Arrow
Increase/Decrease kerning/trackingAlt–Right/Left Arrow
Kerning/tracking x 5Ctrl–Alt–Right/Left Arrow
Increase/Decrease baseline shiftShift–Alt–Up/Down Arrow
Baseline shift x 5Ctrl–Alt–Shift Up/Down Arrow
Align type left, right, centerCtrl–Shift–L, R, C
Justify with last line left alignedCtrl–Shift–J
Justify last lineCtrl–Shift–F
Reset horizontal/vertical scale to 100%Ctrl–Shift–X
Reset kerning or tracking to 0Ctrl–Alt–Q
En SpaceCtrl–Shift–N
Em SpaceCtrl–Shift–M
Thin SpaceCtrl–Alt–Shift–M
SuperscriptCtrl–Shift–equal (=)
SubscriptCtrl–Alt–Shift–equal (=)
Discretionary HyphenCtrl–Shift–hyphen (-)


Show/Hide Brushes panelF5
Show/Hide Color panelF6
Show/Hide Layers panelF7
Show/Hide Info panelCtrl–F8
Show/Hide Gradient panelCtrl–F9
Show/Hide Gradient panelCtrl–F10
Show/Hide Attributes panelCtrl–F11
Show/Hide Graphic Styles panelShift–F5
Show/Hide Appearance panelShift–F6
Show/Hide Align panelShift–F7
Show/Hide Transform panelShift–F8
Show/Hide Pathfinder panelShift–Ctrl–F9
Show/Hide Transparency panelShift–Ctrl–F10
Show/Hide Symbols panelShift–Ctrl–F11

Layers Panel

To create new layer and edit propertiesAlt–click New Layer button
Toggle layer between Preview/Outline modeCtrl–click on eye
Show layer while turning off all othersAlt–click on eye
Select all items on layerAlt–click layer name
Copy selected item to different layerAlt–drag selection square in Layers panel
To create the new layer at the top of listCtrl–click New Layer button
To create the new layer below selected layerCtrl–Alt–click New Layer button

Color Panel

Saturate/Desaturate current colorShift–drag color slider
Change Color ModeShift–click color bar
Select compliment of current colorCtrl–click color bar

Swatches Panel

Create a swatch as a global colorCrtl–Shift–click New Swatch button
Replace a swatch with anotherAlt–drag new swatch over old

Miscellaneous Good Stuff

Create New SymbolF8
Swap colors in a gradientAlt–drag a color stop onto another
Revert fileF12


ADirect Selection
YMagic Wand
+Add Anchor Point
-Delete Anchor Point
Shift–CAnchor Point
Shift–TTouch Type
\Line Segment
Shift–BBlob Brush
EFree Transform
Shift–MShape Builder
KLive Paint Bucket
Shift–LLive Paint Selection
Shift–PPerspective Grid
Shift–VPerspective Selection
Shift–SSymbol Sprayer
JColumn Graph
XToggle between Fill & Stroke
Shift–XSwap Fill & Stroke
DDefault Fill & Stroke (white fill/black stroke)
<Fill or Stroke w/Color
>Fill or Stroke w/Gradient
/Fill or Stroke w/None
Shift–DCycle through Drawing Modes
FCycle through Screen Modes