Artboard Keyboard Shortcuts

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
Zoom to selected objects trackpad two-finger double-tap gesture
Zoom to fit window trackpad two-finger double-tap gesture when no objects are selected, or double-click the Pan tool
Zoom In/Out Option + scroll-wheel mouse to zoom in and out of your drawing at the current mouse position
Pan tool H
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 – -
Stamp tool Y
Style Dropper tool D

To Manipulate 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 (works with 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 (with end points close to each other) ⌘command + J
Selected multiple points on path shift click on points
Nudge selected points on path or or or
Nudge selected points on path by distance of graph paper ‘Divisions’ setting or or or (turn on Graph Paper)
Nudge selected points on path 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

To Format Text

ACTION SHORTCUT
Insert next line in text box 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 + shift{
Align text center ⌘command + shift +  |
Align text flush right ⌘command + shift +  }
Tighten text kerning / tracking option + ⌘command + 
Loosen text kerning / tracking option + ⌘command + 

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

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