Illustrator CS5 Complete List of Keyboard Shortcuts for Windows and Mac

By on April 8, 2012 – Updated on June 12, 2012

Keyboard shortcuts speedup your work and it could make you to be sought like expert on your field and like a pro.

Adobe Illustrator CS5 keyboard shortcuts are classified into 23 groups by default, but Adobe also give the option to customize your own shortcut keys. The classification is as follows:
  1. Keys for selecting tools
  2. Keys for viewing artwork
  3. Keys for drawing
  4. Keys for drawing in perspective
  5. Keys for selecting
  6. Keys for moving selections
  7. Keys for editing shapes
  8. Keys for painting objects
  9. Keys for working with Live Paint groups
  10. Keys for transforming objects
  11. Keys for creating variable width points
  12. Keys for working with type
  13. Keys for using panels
  14. Keys for the Actions panel
  15. Keys for the Brushes panel
  16. Keys for the Character and Paragraph panels
  17. Keys for the Color panel
  18. Keys for the Gradient panel
  19. Keys for the Layers panel
  20. Keys for the Swatches panel
  21. Keys for the Transform panel
  22. Keys for the Transparency panel
  23. Function keys

You already have the Keyboard Shortcuts!

When you have successfully completed installing your Adobe Illustrator CS5 into your computer, you automatically have the shortcut keys. Adobe packed it for you to easily learn their software for free.

Where to find the complete list of Illustrator CS5 keyboard shortcuts in you computer?

Open your Illustrator CS5 application then click the ‘Help’ on the menu bar or simply press F1 if you are using Windows operating system. [Sorry, I am not familiar with Mac. ^_^]

The Adobe Illustrator ‘Help’ window will pop up, showing the home page of the complete Adobe Illustrator CS5 tutorial. On the last part of the list, you can find the Default Keyboard Shortcuts. Click the ‘+’ icon to expand the list, as enumerated above. Select which group of shortcut keys you need.

Keys for Selecting Tools

Here is the first set of Illustrator CS5 default keyboard shortcuts from Adobe Illustrator CS5 itself.

Result
Windows
Mac OS
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
Blob Brush tool
Shift + B
Shift + B
Add Anchor Point tool
+ (plus)
+ (plus)
Delete Anchor Point tool
- (minus)
- (minus)
Convert Anchor Point tool
Shift + C
Shift + C
Type tool
T
T
Line Segment tool
\ (backslash)
\ (backslash)
Rectangle tool
M
M
Ellipse tool
L
L
Paintbrush tool
B
B
Pencil tool
N
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

Thank you for reading. Godspeed!

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3 Comments

  1. RonLeyba

    June 26, 2012 at 7:22 am

    Thanks for posting both versions of shortcuts. Windows and Mac!
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  2. Roma Salvar

    June 26, 2012 at 9:16 am

    Shortcut keys are very helpful to make design process fast and easy. However, I love to customize my own keyboard shortcuts.
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  3. carmel

    June 27, 2012 at 10:30 am

    Keyboard shortcuts make my life easier! :-) Recently learned some for a browser and it definitely increased productivity to at least 50% more.
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