Ortelius Keyboard Shortcuts

Use keyboard shortcuts to quickly accomplish numerous tasks.

Shortcuts may be customized in the MacOS System Preferences – Keyboard menu.

To Activate Drawing Tools

ACTION SHORTCUT
Show Tools palette ⌘Command + 2
Activate Select tool while using any other drawing tool S  or  esc
Temporarily activate the Pan tool while any other drawing tool is active hold spacebar
Temporarily activate the Zoom In tool while any other drawing tool is active hold Z
Temporarily activate the Zoom Out tool while any other drawing tool is active hold X
Linear Select tool N
Pan tool H
Ruler tool M
Zoom tool Z
Reverse zoom in tool to zoom out option + click (with Zoom In tool active)
Reverse zoom out tool to zoom in option + click (with Zoom Out tool active)
Rectangle tool R
Oval tool O
Irregular Polygon tool P
Regular Polygon tool G
Wedge tool W
Arc tool A
Straight Line tool L
Bezier Path tool B
Freehand Path tool F
Path Cutter tool U
Text Box tool T
Text Path tool E
Insert Path Point tool +=
Delete Path Point tool – -
Curved Track tool K
Freehand Track tool J
Stamp tool Y
Style Dropper tool D

For Manipulating Objects

ACTION SHORTCUT
Add or remove objects in a selection ⌘command + click objects with Select tool
Select all items in the active layer ⌘command + A
Select others (all objects currently unselected) shift + ⌘command + A
 End path or track esc (while drawing Irregular Polygon, Bezier Curve, Curved Track, and Polygonal Track)
Undo ⌘command + Z
Redo shift + ⌘Command + Z
Cut selected object(s) ⌘command + X
Copy selected object(s) ⌘command + C
Paste selected object(s) ⌘command + V
Select all items in the active layer ⌘command + A
Select others (all objects currently unselected) shift⌘command + A
Duplicate object once ⌘command + D
Duplicate object and move it option + (press and drag object)
Duplicate object and move it while constraining the alignment of the dragged object shift + option + press and drag object
Duplicate object in place option + (click object)
Move origin (center) point of shape object ⌘command + press and drag point of origin target
Join endpoints of selected paths / tracks (with end points close to each other) ⌘command + J
Selected multiple points on path / tracks shift click on points
Nudge selected points on path / tracks or or or
Nudge selected points on path / tracks by distance of graph paper ‘Divisions’ setting or or or (turn on Graph Paper)
Nudge selected points on path / tracks by distance of graph paper ‘Span’ setting option + or or or (turn on Graph Paper)
Convert shape object to Path shift + ⌘command + P  (or double-click object)
Convert path object to Shape shift + ⌘command + S  (or double-click object)
Constrain lines to straight segments at 15-degree angled increments shift + (draw paths and tracks)
Constrain the aspect ratio of a shape shift + (draw shapes)
Copy style option + shift + ⌘command + C
Paste style option + shift + ⌘command + V
Pick up style from an object while another drawing tool is active ⌘command + (click on object with style to be picked up)
Bring forward ⌘command +
Send Backward ⌘command +  

To Navigate Drawing & Palettes

ACTION SHORTCUT
Zoom in shift + ⌘command + +=
Zoom out shift + ⌘command + – -
Zoom to 100% ⌘command + 0
Zoom to fit shift + ⌘command + 0
Temporarily activate the Pan tool while any other drawing tool is active hold spacebar
Temporarily activate the Zoom In tool while any other drawing tool is active hold Z
Temporarily activate the Zoom Out while any other drawing tool is active hold X
Constrain Guide placement on rulers to even, whole number increments shift + (drag Guide)
Minimize Window ⌘command + M
Show Tools palette ⌘command + 2
Show Styles & Symbols palette / Styles & Clip Art palette ⌘command + 3
Show Library Manager ⌘command + 4
Show Colors panel shift + ⌘command + C
Find object(s) by its properties ⌘command + F
Find again option + ⌘command + F
Copy ruler control + ⌘command + C
Paste ruler control + ⌘command + V

For Formatting Text & Labels

ACTION SHORTCUT
Insert next line in text box / label return
End text edit mode esc
Insert Special Characters option + ⌘command + T
Bold ⌘command + B
Italicize ⌘command + I
Underline ⌘command + U
Make font size bigger ⌘command +  +=
Make font size smaller ⌘command +  – -
Edit text ⌘command + E
Align text flush left ⌘command +  {[
Align text center ⌘command + |\
Align text flush right ⌘command + }]
Tighten text kerning / tracking option + ⌘command +  
Loosen text kerning / tracking option + ⌘command +  
Add new label to object option + ⌘command + L
Move shape and symbol labels to any desired position (outside of clickable positions) shift + (move label)

To Combine Objects through Boolean Operations

ACTION SHORTCUT
Union (combine objects) shift + ⌘command + U
Intersect (combine objects) shift + ⌘command + I
Difference (combine objects) shift + ⌘command + D
Append, or merge (combine objects) shift + ⌘command + M
Cookie Cutter (combine objects) shift + ⌘command + X

For Working with Layers

ACTION SHORTCUT
Add new drawing layer shift + ⌘command + N
Activate layer # option + ⌘command + 0 through # (zero is top layer and they are numbered consecutively downward)

For File Actions

ACTION SHORTCUT
Open Preferences ⌘command + 
Hide application ⌘command + H
Hide other applications option + ⌘command + H
Quit application ⌘command + Q
Open new drawing ⌘command + N
Open new drawing from template option + ⌘command + N
Open a file ⌘command + O
Close file ⌘command + W
Save file ⌘command + S
Print file ⌘command + P