Modifier Keys on Mac

VectorStyler Modifier Keys on MacOS

VectorStyler modifier keys (Shift, Control, Option and Command) are used in interactive editors, panels and views to access additional features, by holding the corresponding key down when pressing, dragging or releasing the mouse. Some modifier keys may have different function when pressing, dragging or releasing the mouse.

Modifier keys can be customized in the Modifier Keys section of the Preferences.

The default assignment of various modifier keys are listed here per editor, panel and view, in tables as follows:

  • The first column contains the key name.
  • The second column contains name of the feature in the Modifier Keys section of preferences.
  • The third column contains a description of the feature.

Interactive Editors

Document View

alternateeditor Command Activate Alternate Editor Activates alternate editing mode in the document view, depending on the active editor type
documentflippanning None Flip Document Panning Direction Hold to flip the direction of document view panning
documentzooming Option Document Zoom Key Hold to zoom in or out when scrolling with the mouse
rootdeepchange Command Change Inside Groups Apply drag&drop changes on objects inside groups
rootlinkedimport Option Import Linked Files Hold to import dropped files with linking to original
rootdontreplace Control Don't Replace Selection Hold to avoid replacing selected content when dragging and dropping files on the document
rootblockrotation Control Block View Rotations when Using Gestures Hold to avoid rotating the document view while zooming in or out with track pad gestures
rootopenfiles Command Open Dropped Files Hold open dropped files as separate documents, instead of importing
contextmenu Control Contextual Menu With Click Hold open the contextual menu when clicking in the document view
referencedrop Command Create Reference to Copied Object Hold to create a reference when copying objects with drag and drop
clonedrop Option Create Clone to Copied Object Hold to create a clone when copying objects with drag and drop
adjustrulerpos Option Adjust Document Ruler Origin Hold to adjust the document origin by dragging from the ruler corner

Zooming

zoomoutmodekey Option Zoom Tool Click Zooms Out Hold to click with the zoom tool for fixed zoom out amount
boxedzoomkey Option Boxed Zooming Mode Hold to enable the boxed zooming mode

Rotating View

limitangle Command Restrict the Document View Rotation Hold to restrict the rotation angle of the document view

Guideline Editing

documentmetric Shift Open Document Units on Ruler Click Hold to open the document units menu when clicking on the document ruler
swapguide Shift Swap Guideline Selection Hold to add / remove guideline selections
selectallguide Command Select All Guidelines in Group Hold when clicking on a guideline to select all guidelines in the group
updateplace Control Update Guideline Location Hold while moving guidelines to update the location of the guidelines between an artboard or a canvas
snapguidetoruler Shift Snap Guideline to Ruler Hold while moving the selected guidelines to snap their position to the current visible ruler units
editangle Shift Angle Constraint while Editing Hold to constrain the guideline angle
editnosnap Command Skip Snapping while Editing Temporarily disable snapping while moving guidelines
editcopy Option Copy while Changing Hold to duplicate the selected guidelines
guidelineangle Option Swap New Guideline Direction press to swap the guideline direction when dragging new guidelines from the ruler

Selection

Point Selection

selectbehind Option Select Behind Selected Hold to select behind the selected objects
selectxor Shift Add / Remove Selection Hold to add or remove from the current selection
deepselect Option Select Inside Groups Hold to select inside groups also

Box Selection

selectxor Shift Add / Remove Selection Hold to add or remove from the current selection
alternateselectionkey Option Alternate Selection Mode Hold to select with the lasso tool while using the box selection mode

Lasso Selection

lassocloseall Option Close Lasso Selection Hold to close the region of the lasso selection and select objects intersecting or inside the region
selectxor Shift Add / Remove Selection Hold to add or remove from the current selection

Magic Wand Tool

selectxor Shift Add / Remove Selection Hold to add or remove from the current selection
deepselect Option Select Inside Groups Hold to select inside groups also

Drawing

Pencil Tool

drawangle Shift Angle Constraint while Drawing Draw squares
drawline Control Draw Lines with Pencil Hold to draw lines while drawing with the Pencil tool
extenddraw Command Extend Shapes with Pencil Hold to extend existing shapes with the Pencil tool
erasesegment Shift Activate Eraser Tool Hold before pressing the mouse to activate segment eraser tool
none Down Arrow None Decrease stroke width
none Up Arrow None Increase stroke width
none Tab None Swap between line and curve drawing modes

Various Brush Tools

These modifiers may be present in various brush and effect brush tools to adjust the brush tip.

brushtipkey Option Adjust Brush Tip Size and Scale Hold to adjust the brush tip size and scale by dragging the mouse
brushtipangle Control Adjust Brush Tip Rotation Hold to adjust the brush tip rotation, while adjusting the size and scale by dragging the mouse
proportionalbrush Shift Rounded Brush Tip Hold to set the brush tip to rounded

Eraser Tool

The eraser tool may be activated from the Pencil tool also.

closesweeppath Option Close Eraser Region Hold to close the region painted by the eraser and erase segments inside

Pen Tool

pathselectonly Shift Select Clicked Node with Pen Select the node, instead of adjusting or removing, when a node is clicked
removepathmode Option Remove Controls with Pen Removes the control points around the clicked node
smoothcorner Command Smooth Corner with Pen Hold while dragging a control point to change to smooth corners
cuspcorner Option Cusp Corner with Pen Hold while dragging a control point to change to cusp corners
drawpathline Control Draw Line with Pen Hold while dragging with the pen tool, to create lines
drawangle Shift Angle Constraint while Drawing Hold while dragging a line or control point to restrict the angle
movenode Space None Hold to move the node also, when adjusting a control point

Path Sketch Tool

extractsketch Shift Extract Closed with Sketch Hold to extract a new closed path in the path sketch tool
linesketch Control Sketch with Lines Hold sketch with lines
repaintsketch Option Repaint Previous Sketch Hold to repaint the previous sketch
none Tab None Swap between line and curve drawing modes

Drawing Lines

drawangle Shift Angle Constraint while Drawing Hold while drawing a line to restrict the angle
skipextendline Shift Do not Extend with Line Hold when pressing the mouse to create a new object
drawnewpath Command New Path with Line Tool Hold when pressing the mouse to create a new sub-path with the Line tool
drawnosnap Command Skip Snapping while Drawing Temporarily disable snapping while drawing lines

Shapes

Drawing Rectangles

proportional Shift Proportional Adjustment Draw squares
centered Control Centered Adjustment Draw rectangles or squares centered at the starting location
drawnosnap Command Skip Snapping while Drawing Temporarily disable snapping while drawing rectangles

Drawing 3-Point Rectangles

proportional Shift Proportional Adjustment Draw squares
centered Control Centered Adjustment Draw rectangles or squares centered at the starting location
drawnosnap Command Skip Snapping while Drawing Temporarily disable snapping while drawing rectangles
diagonalrectangle Option Draw Square with 3-Point Tool Hold to draw a square with the 3-Point rectangle tool

Editing Rectangles

uniformshape Shift Uniform Shape Adjustment Hold to bend the opposite sides of the rectangle in the same direction
opposingshape Option Opposite Shape Adjustment Hold to bend the opposite sides of the rectangle in the opposite direction
editnosnap Command Skip Snapping while Editing Temporarily disable snapping while editing rectangles

Drawing Ellipses

proportional Shift Proportional Adjustment Draw circles
centered Control Centered Adjustment Draw ellipses or circles centered at the starting location
drawnosnap Command Skip Snapping while Drawing Temporarily disable snapping while drawing ellipses

Drawing 3-Point Circles

diagonalcircle Option Diagonal Circle Drawing Hold to draw a circle with only the diagonal
drawnosnap Command Skip Snapping while Drawing Temporarily disable snapping while drawing circles

Drawing Curvature Circles

drawnosnap Command Skip Snapping while Drawing Temporarily disable snapping while drawing circles

Editing Ellipses

uniformshape Shift Uniform Shape Adjustment Hold to adjust closed concentric ellipse radius separately
editangle Shift Angle Constraint while Editing Hold to constrain the angle while adjusting the pie angles
editnosnap Command Skip Snapping while Editing Temporarily disable snapping while editing ellipses

Drawing Spirals

drawangle Shift Angle Constraint while Drawing Restrict the ending angle when drawing the spiral
drawnosnap Command Skip Snapping while Drawing Temporarily disable snapping while drawing spirals
none Left Arrow None Decrease spacing in the spiral shape
none Right Arrow None Increase spacing in the spiral shape

Editing Spirals

editangle Shift Angle Constraint while Editing Hold to constrain the angle while adjusting the spiral angles
skipangle Control Skip Angle Adjustment Hold to keep the angle of the spiral fixed while adjusting
skipextent Command Skip Extent Adjustment Hold to keep the radius of the spiral fixed while adjusting
none Left Arrow None Decrease spacing in the spiral shape
none Right Arrow None Increase spacing in the spiral shape
none Minus None Decrease gap decay in the spiral shape
none Plus None Increase gap decay in the spiral shape

Drawing Polygonal Spirals

drawangle Shift Angle Constraint while Drawing Restrict the ending angle when drawing the spiral
drawnosnap Command Skip Snapping while Drawing Temporarily disable snapping while drawing spirals
none Left Arrow None Decrease spacing in the polygonal spiral shape
none Right Arrow None Increase spacing in the polygonal spiral shape
none Down Arrow None Decrease the number of facets in the polygonal spiral shape
none Up Arrow None Increase the number of facets in the polygonal spiral shape

Editing Polygonal Spirals

editangle Shift Angle Constraint while Editing Hold to constrain the angle while adjusting the polygonal spiral angles
skipangle Control Skip Angle Adjustment Hold to keep the angle of the polygonal spiral fixed while adjusting
skipextent Command Skip Extent Adjustment Hold to keep the radius of the polygonal spiral fixed while adjusting
none Minus None Decrease gap decay in the spiral shape
none Plus None Increase gap decay in the spiral shape

Drawing Polygons

drawangle Shift Angle Constraint while Drawing Restrict the ending angle when drawing the polygon
drawnosnap Command Skip Snapping while Drawing Temporarily disable snapping while drawing polygons
none Down/Left Arrow None Decrease the number of sides of the polygon
none Up/Right Arrow None Increase the number of sides of the polygon

Editing Polygons

editangle Shift Angle Constraint while Editing Hold to constrain the angle while rotating the polygon
skipangle Control Skip Angle Adjustment Hold to keep the rotation of the polygon fixed, while adjusting the radius
skipextent Command Skip Extent Adjustment Hold to keep the radius of the polygon fixed, while adjusting the rotation
none Down/Left Arrow None Decrease the number of sides of the polygon
none Up/Right Arrow None Increase the number of sides of the polygon

Drawing Grids

proportional Shift Proportional Adjustment Draw square grid
centered Control Centered Adjustment Draw the grid centered at the starting location
drawangle Shift Angle Constraint while Drawing Restrict the ending angle when drawing the grid
drawnosnap Command Skip Snapping while Drawing Temporarily disable snapping while drawing grids
none Left Arrow None Decrease the horizontal spacing of the grid
none Right Arrow None Increase the horizontal spacing of the grid
none Down Arrow None Decrease the vertical spacing of the grid
none Up Arrow None Increase the vertical spacing of the grid

Editing Grids

editangle Shift Angle Constraint while Editing Hold to constrain the angle while rotating the grid
skipangle Control Skip Angle Adjustment Hold to keep the rotation of the grid fixed, while adjusting the extent
skipextent Command Skip Extent Adjustment Hold to keep the extent of the grid fixed, while adjusting the rotation
none Left Arrow None Decrease the horizontal spacing of the grid
none Right Arrow None Increase the horizontal spacing of the grid
none Down Arrow None Decrease the vertical spacing of the grid
none Up Arrow None Increase the vertical spacing of the grid

Drawing Line Grids

proportional Shift Proportional Adjustment Draw square line grid
centered Control Centered Adjustment Draw the line grid centered at the starting location
drawangle Shift Angle Constraint while Drawing Restrict the ending angle when drawing the grid
drawnosnap Command Skip Snapping while Drawing Temporarily disable snapping while drawing grids
none Left Arrow None Decrease the spacing of the line grid
none Right Arrow None Increase the spacing of the line grid

Editing Line Grids

editangle Shift Angle Constraint while Editing Hold to constrain the angle while rotating the line grid
skipangle Control Skip Angle Adjustment Hold to keep the rotation of the grid fixed, while adjusting the extent
skipextent Command Skip Extent Adjustment Hold to keep the extent of the grid fixed, while adjusting the rotation
none Left Arrow None Decrease the spacing of the line grid
none Right Arrow None Increase the spacing of the line grid

Drawing Wave Grids

proportional Shift Proportional Adjustment Draw square wave grid
centered Control Centered Adjustment Draw the wave grid centered at the starting location
drawangle Shift Angle Constraint while Drawing Restrict the ending angle when drawing the wave grid
drawnosnap Command Skip Snapping while Drawing Temporarily disable snapping while drawing wave grids
none Left Arrow None Decrease the spacing of the wave grid
none Right Arrow None Increase the spacing of the wave grid

Editing Wave Grids

editangle Shift Angle Constraint while Editing Hold to constrain the angle while rotating the wave grid
skipangle Control Skip Angle Adjustment Hold to keep the rotation of the wave grid fixed, while adjusting the extent
skipextent Command Skip Extent Adjustment Hold to keep the extent of the wave grid fixed, while adjusting the rotation
none Left Arrow None Decrease the spacing of the wave grid
none Right Arrow None Increase the spacing of the wave grid

Drawing ZigZag Grids

proportional Shift Proportional Adjustment Draw square zig zag grid
centered Control Centered Adjustment Draw the zig zag grid centered at the starting location
drawangle Shift Angle Constraint while Drawing Restrict the ending angle when drawing the zig zag grid
drawnosnap Command Skip Snapping while Drawing Temporarily disable snapping while drawing zig zag grids
none Left Arrow None Decrease the spacing of the zig zag grid
none Right Arrow None Increase the spacing of the zig zag grid

Editing ZigZag Grids

editangle Shift Angle Constraint while Editing Hold to constrain the angle while rotating the zig zag grid
skipangle Control Skip Angle Adjustment Hold to keep the rotation of the zig zag grid fixed, while adjusting the extent
skipextent Command Skip Extent Adjustment Hold to keep the extent of the zig zag grid fixed, while adjusting the rotation
none Left Arrow None Decrease the spacing of the zig zag grid
none Right Arrow None Increase the spacing of the zig zag grid

Drawing Concentric Shapes

proportional Shift Proportional Adjustment Draw proportional concentric shapes
centered Control Centered Adjustment Draw the concentric shape centered at the starting location
drawnosnap Command Skip Snapping while Drawing Temporarily disable snapping while drawing concentric shapes

Editing Concentric Shapes

editangle Shift Angle Constraint while Editing Hold to constrain the angle while rotating the concentric shape
skipangle Control Skip Angle Adjustment Hold to keep the rotation of the concentric shape fixed, while adjusting the extent
skipextent Command Skip Extent Adjustment Hold to keep the extent of the concentric shape fixed, while adjusting the rotation
none Left Arrow None Decrease the spacing of the concentric shape
none Right Arrow None Increase the spacing of the concentric shape

Drawing Stars

drawangle Shift Angle Constraint while Drawing Restrict the ending angle when drawing the star shape
drawnosnap Command Skip Snapping while Drawing Temporarily disable snapping while drawing star shapes
regularstar Option Draw Regular Stars Hold to create a regular star shape
normalizedstar Control Normalize Star Winding Hold to create a star shape with removed self intersecting regions
none Down/Left Arrow None Decrease the number of sides of the star shape
none Up/Right Arrow None Increase the number of sides of the star shape

Editing Stars

editangle Shift Angle Constraint while Editing Hold to constrain the angle while rotating the star shape
shiftstar Option Shifted Star Shape Hold rotate the inner nodes of the star separately
skipangle Control Skip Angle Adjustment Hold to keep the rotation of the star shape fixed, while adjusting the extent
skipextent Command Skip Extent Adjustment Hold to keep the extent of the star shape fixed, while adjusting the rotation
none Left Arrow None Decrease the number of levels in the star shape
none Right Arrow None Increase the number of levels in the star shape
none Down Arrow None Decrease the number of sides of the star shape
none Up Arrow None Increase the number of sides of the star shape

Drawing Gear Shapes

drawangle Shift Angle Constraint while Drawing Restrict the ending angle when drawing the gear shape
drawnosnap Command Skip Snapping while Drawing Temporarily disable snapping while drawing gear shapes
none Down/Left Arrow None Decrease the number of sides of the gear shape
none Up/Right Arrow None Increase the number of sides of the gear shape

Editing Gear Shapes

editangle Shift Angle Constraint while Editing Hold to constrain the angle while rotating the gear shape
shiftgear Option Shifted Gear Shape Hold rotate the inner nodes of the gear separately
skipangle Control Skip Angle Adjustment Hold to keep the rotation of the gear shape fixed, while adjusting the extent
skipextent Command Skip Extent Adjustment Hold to keep the extent of the gear shape fixed, while adjusting the rotation
none Left Arrow None Decrease the number of levels in the gear shape
none Right Arrow None Increase the number of levels in the gear shape
none Down Arrow None Decrease the number of sides of the gear shape
none Up Arrow None Increase the number of sides of the gear shape

Drawing Square Stars

drawangle Shift Angle Constraint while Drawing Restrict the ending angle when drawing the square star shape
drawnosnap Command Skip Snapping while Drawing Temporarily disable snapping while drawing square star shapes
none Down/Left Arrow None Decrease the number of sides of the square star shape
none Up/Right Arrow None Increase the number of sides of the square star shape

Editing Square Stars

editangle Shift Angle Constraint while Editing Hold to constrain the angle while rotating the square star shape
shiftstar Option Shifted Star Shape Hold rotate the inner nodes of the square star separately
skipangle Control Skip Angle Adjustment Hold to keep the rotation of the square star shape fixed, while adjusting the extent
skipextent Command Skip Extent Adjustment Hold to keep the extent of the square star shape fixed, while adjusting the rotation
none Left Arrow None Decrease the number of levels in the square star shape
none Right Arrow None Increase the number of levels in the square star shape
none Down Arrow None Decrease the number of sides of the square star shape
none Up Arrow None Increase the number of sides of the square star shape

Drawing Symmetrigons

drawangle Shift Angle Constraint while Drawing Restrict the ending angle when drawing the symmetrigon
drawnosnap Command Skip Snapping while Drawing Temporarily disable snapping while drawing symmetrigons
none Down/Left Arrow None Decrease the number of sides of the symmetrigon
none Up/Right Arrow None Increase the number of sides of the symmetrigon

Drawing Super Ellipses

proportional Shift Proportional Adjustment Draw proportional super ellipse shapes
centered Control Centered Adjustment Draw super ellipse shapes centered at the starting location
drawnosnap Command Skip Snapping while Drawing Temporarily disable snapping while drawing super ellipse shapes

Editing Super Ellipses

editnosnap Command Skip Snapping while Editing Temporarily disable snapping while editing super ellipse shapes
none Down Arrow None Decrease the degree of the super ellipse shape
none Up Arrow None Increase the degree of the super ellipse shape

Drawing Super Shapes

drawangle Shift Angle Constraint while Drawing Restrict the ending angle when drawing the super shape
drawnosnap Command Skip Snapping while Drawing Temporarily disable snapping while drawing super ellipse shapes
none Down/Left Arrow None Decrease the number of sides of the super shape
none Up/Right Arrow None Increase the number of sides of the super shape

Editing Super Shapes

editnosnap Command Skip Snapping while Editing Temporarily disable snapping while editing super ellipse shapes
none Left Arrow None Decrease the number of sides of the super shape
none Right Arrow None Increase the number of sides of the super shape
none Down Arrow None Decrease the degree of the super shape
none Up Arrow None Increase the degree of the super shape

Editing

Transform Tool

centered Control Centered Adjustment Hold to scale the selection around the center point
direction Shift Direction Constraint Hold restrict the direction of movement to vertical or horizontal
scalecontent Option Scale Frame Content Hold scale the content of text frames
editcopy Option Copy while Changing Hold to duplicate the moved or transformed objects
editangle Shift Angle Constraint while Editing Hold to restrict the angle when rotating objects
proportional Shift Proportional Adjustment Hold to scale the selected objects proportionally
collide Shift Move with Collider Hold to to drag the selected objects from an outline location and collide with shapes. The *Snap to Shape* mode must be active.
editnosnap Command Skip Snapping while Editing Temporarily disable snapping while adjusting characters
none Space None Hold to adjust and distribute object positions instead of scaling objects
selectpage Command Create Overlapping Artboards Hold to start drawing overlapping artboard, instead of selecting clicked artboard
selectslice Command Create Overlapping Slices Hold to start drawing overlapping slices, instead of selecting clicked slice
multiplegap Command Single Gap Adjustment Hold to adjust a single gap around the selected objects, in the Adjust Gap tool
offsetfrompath Shift Offset From Path Hold adjust the object offset from the path in the Alignment on Path tool (from Alignment panel)
pathlocation Control Offset Along Path Hold to adjust the object position along the path in the Alignment on Path tool (from Alignment panel)

Shape Builder Tool

restorecut Command Restore Shape Builder Region Hold to restore removed or merged regions that are pained over
removecut Option Remove Shape Builder Region Hold to remove painted over regions

Shape Paint Tool

adjustedges Control Adjust Shape Paint Edges Hold to adjust shape paint object edges only
singlemode Command Single Shape Paint Region Hold to select single shape paint regions of merged areas
swapindex Shift Swap Shape Paint Selection Hold to swap shape paint region selection
restorecut Command Restore Shape Builder Region Hold to restore removed or merged regions that are pained over
removecut Option Remove Shape Builder Region Hold to remove painted over regions

Anchor Tool

pathselectonly Shift Select Clicked Node with Pen Select the node, instead of adjusting or removing, when a node is clicked
removepathmode Option Remove Controls with Pen Removes the control points around the clicked node
smoothcorner Command Smooth Corner with Pen Hold while dragging a control point to change to smooth corners
cuspcorner Option Cusp Corner with Pen Hold while dragging a control point to change to cusp corners
symmetriccorner Shift Symmetric Corner with Anchor Hold while dragging a control point to change to symmetric corners
editangle Shift Angle Constraint while Editing Hold while dragging a line or control point to restrict the angle
movenode Space None Hold to move the node also, when adjusting a control point

Node Tool

cuspcorner Option Cusp Corner with Pen Hold while dragging a control point to change to cusp corners
smoothcorner Command Smooth Corner with Pen Hold while dragging a control point to change to smooth corners
symmetriccorner Shift Symmetric Corner with Anchor Hold while dragging a control point to change to symmetric corners
pathlength Command Keep Line Segment Length Hold to keep a line segment length unchanged as the node is moved
keeppathangles Control Keep Line Segment Angle Hold to keep the angle formed with the next a line segment fixed
redirectpath Option Merge at Intersection Point Hold when clicking at a path intersection point to intersect and merge the path
keeppathparts Command Redirect at Intersection Point Hold when merging at intersection points, to keep both parts and only redirect the path
longerpath Shift Merge with Shorter Segments Hold when merging at intersection points to remove the longer segments
movenode Space None Hold to move the node also, when adjusting a control point

Corner Tool

equalcorner Control Equal Corner Adjustment Hold to equally adjust the opposite corner side
localizecorner Option Adjust Corner Locally Adjust single corner size and shape
cornerattributes None Adjust Corner Attributes Hold while adjusting corners to set the same corner attributes
swapcorner Shift Swap Corner Selection Swap corner selection

Corner Brush Tool

filterbrush1 Option Reverse Brush Adjustment Hold to reduce painted corner radius

9-Slice Scaling Tool

sliceaddxpos Option Add Slice X Position Hold to add a new horizontal region for the sliced scaling
sliceaddypos Shift Add Slice Y Position Hold to add a new vertical region for the sliced scaling
sliceremove Command Remove Clicked Slice Hold to remove the clicked slice region

Trim and Join Tool

closesweeppath Option Close Eraser Region Hold to close the region painted by the eraser and erase segments inside

Shape Picker Tool

pickbehind Control Pick Behind Selected Hold to pick shapes under the selected objects
pickshape Command Pick Active Shape Hold to pick active shape
deepselect Option Select Inside Groups Hold to pick or apply shapes inside groups

Style, Shape and Image Effect Picker Tools

pickchange Command Pick Active Change Hold to pick active style
changeselection Command Change Picker Selection Hold to select clicked objects as the current style
swapdirection Shift Swap Change Picker Hold to pick from selected and apply on clicked
activatecolorpicker Shift Activate Direct Color Picker Hold to use the direct color picker, instead of picking styles

Text Editing

textselection Shift Adjust Text Selection Hold to adjust the text selection
selecttext Shift Select Text from Cursor Hold to select the from the cursor to the clicked position
offsetfrompath Shift Offset From Path Hold adjust the text offset from the path
pathlocation Control Offset Along Path Hold to adjust the text position along the path

Character Tool

editangle Shift Angle Constraint while Editing Hold while rotating a character to restrict angle changes
proportional Shift Proportional Adjustment Hold to scale the selected characters proportionally
editnosnap Command Skip Snapping while Editing Temporarily disable snapping while adjusting characters
spacedchar Command Adjust Character Spacing Hold to adjust character spacing when moving a character

Effects

Distortion Effects

These keys are common in all distortion effects editors. Some distortion editors may choose to not use these keys.

editnosnap Command Skip Snapping while Editing Temporarily disable snapping while adjusting the distortion effect
editangle Shift Angle Constraint while Editing Hold to restrict the angle parameter change in distortion effects
direction Shift Direction Constraint Hold restrict the direction of change to vertical or horizontal
adjustprofile Command Adjust Effect Width Profile Hold to adjust offset path or stroke effect width profile

Image Effects

These keys may appear in some image effects.

insertfilteritem Command Insert Image Effect Item Hold to insert a new step or shape in the image effect

Mesh Distortion

insertmesh Option Insert Mesh Edge Hold to create a new mesh node along the mesh edge when clicking
linearmesh Shift Linear Mesh Hold create mesh distortion with lines when clicking on a object with no distortion

Elastic Warp

rotaterigidwarp Command Rotate Elastic Warp Node Hold to rotate the mesh around an elastic warp node
editangle Shift Angle Constraint while Editing Hold to restrict the angle parameter change while adjusting the elastic mesh
removerigidnode Option Remove Elastic Mesh Node Hold when clicking on a node to remove the elastic mesh node
restrictedanchor Command Limit Anchor Rotation Angle Hold when creating new anchor nodes to restrict the rotation at the node

Bend Distortion

adjustbendprofile Command Adjust Bend Distortion Width Profile Hold to adjust the width profile of the bend distortion effect

Blend Editor

extractblend Command Extract Blend Shape Hold to extract the shape at the clicked location of the blend object

Contour Editor

adjustcontourprofile Command Adjust Contour Width Profile Hold to adjust the width profile of the contour effect

Attributes

Mesh Gradient

insertmeshpoint Command Skip Mesh Node Insertion Hold to skip creating a new mesh node when clicking with the Mesh Gradient tool
insertmesh Option Insert Mesh Edge Hold to create a new mesh node along the mesh edge when clicking
linearmesh Shift Linear Mesh Hold create mesh gradient with lines when clicking on a object with no mesh gradient
keepmeshlines Command Keep Mesh Gradient Lines Hold when creating a new mesh node to keep mesh lines instead of converting these to curves

Gradient Editor

swapselection Shift Swap Node Selection Hold to select / deselect additional gradient nodes
editangle Shift Angle Constraint while Editing Hold to restrict the angle parameter change while adjusting the gradient
blendgradientshape Command Blend Gradient Shape Hold to create a new intermediary gradient shape when inserting gradient shape locations
keepgradientangle Option Keep Gradient Angle Hold to keep the gradient angle while adjusting the gradient
gradientradius Option Keep Gradient Radius Hold to keep the gradient radius while adjusting the gradient

Tiling Pattern Editor

editangle Shift Angle Constraint while Editing Hold to restrict the angle parameter change while adjusting the tiling pattern
keeppatternangle Command Keep Pattern Angle Hold to keep the pattern angle while adjusting the size
keeppatternsize Option Keep Pattern Size Hold to keep the pattern size while adjusting the angle
keeppatternscale Option Keep Pattern Scale Hold to keep the pattern scaling while adjusting the size

Color Picker Tool

pickcolor Shift Pick Color Hold to pick a color, instead of applying
unlinkpickedstyle Option Unlink Picked Styles Hold to keep the pattern angle while adjusting the size
pickbehind Control Pick Behind Selected Hold to pick colors under the selected objects
pickdeep Option Pick Color Inside Groups Hold to pick colors from inside groups

Stroke Width Profile

symmetricscale Option Symmetric Width Profile Hold to adjust width profile symmetrically on both sides
extendscale Shift Preserve Stroke Width Hold to preserve local width while adjusting the profile
stretchnodes Shift Stretch Profile Nodes Hold to stretch profile nodes when adjusting along the spine
duplicatenode Option Duplicate Profile Node Hold to duplicate width profile node
keepprofilethickness Command Keep Profile Node Width Hold to keep the width at bthe node while dragging along the spine
swapprofile Command Swap Profile Node Selection Hold to add / remove width profile node selections
thinningmode Option Width profile Thinning Hold to remove from the width when using the width profile brush tools

Panels and Views

General UI Keys

speedscrolling Shift Faster Scrubby Scrolling of Number Fields Hold to scroll number fields faster with scrubby scrolling
slidescale Shift Increase Slider Scrolling Hold scroll sliders faster in numeric fields
slidereduce Option Decrease Slider Scrolling Hold scroll sliders slower in numeric fields
alertselect Command Alert View Button Select Modifier Select buttons in alert views by pressing the this key and the highlighted letter of the button text
insertitem Option Duplicate Gradient Stop in Slider Duplicate the selected gradient color stop
wordjump Option Jump to the Next /Previous Word Hold to jump between words in text fields
linejump Command Jump to the Next /Previous Line Hold to jump between lines in multi-line text fields
focusprev Shift Focus Previous Field Hold when pressing the Tab key to move to the previous field
none Tab None Press the Tab key to move the next field
openeditormode Command Open Style or Preset Editor Hold to open the style or preset editor view when clicking on the style selection button
openitemmembers Option Open or Close Tree List Item Hold to open the style or preset editor view when clicking on the style selection button

Appearance Panel

removefilter Option Remove Effect From Object Hold to remove the image or shape effect when clicking the effect icon in the object row
copycontent Command Copy Object Appearance Item Hold to copy the dragged object appearance item

Layers Panel

selectionswap Command Add / Remove Selection in Lists Hold to add or remove items in the layers panel selection
selectionspan Shift Select Multiple Items Hold to select multiple items in the layers panel
largepreview Option Open Large Preview Hold to create large preview when clicking on the object icon
removefilter Option Remove Effect From Object Hold to remove the image or shape effect when clicking the effect icon in the object row
copyelement Option Create a Copy of the Dragged Object Hold to create a copy of the dragged object
cloneelement Control Create a Copy of the Dragged Object Hold to create a clone of the dragged object
referenceelement Command Create a Copy of the Dragged Object Hold to create a reference to the dragged object
reversesearch Option Search Backwards in Layers and Objects Hold to search backwards in the layers panel when clicking on the search icon
editlayeroptions Option Create Layer by Editing Options Hold to when creating a new layer to edit the layer options first
styledraganddrop Shift Copy Styles Only on Drag and Drop Hold to copy style only when dragging and dropping objects
isolatelayer Control Isolate Group in Layers Panel Hold and click on an object, group or layer in the Layers panel to isolate
selectlayer Option Select Objects in Layer Hold and click on a layer to select all objects in the layer

Transparency Panel

referencemask Command Create Reference to Mask Content Hold to create a reference to the mask content
directmesh Control Create Direct Mesh Mask Hold to create a mesh mask without setting a mesh grid options

Shape and Path Panel

compositeshape Option Create Composite Shape with Boolean Operation Hold to create a composite shape when selecting boolean path operations from the path panel
flattenedcombine Option Flip Boolean Shape Operation Flattening Mode Hold to flip the flattening mode of the boolean operation
selectionswap Command Add / Remove Selection in Lists Hold to add or remove items in the content links panel selection
selectionspan Shift Select Multiple Items Hold to select multiple items in the content links panel
selectprevious Shift Select Previous Content Hold to select the previous instance in the document, of the clicked content

Canvas and Artboard Panel

copysheet Option Copy Canvas or Artboard Hold to copy the canvas or artboard in the panel

Text Panels and Views

indenttab Command Select Indentation Marks First Hold to select indentation marks first in the tab stops cell
tabsnaptounit Command Snap Tabs Stops to Units Hold to snap the tab stop position to document units

Styles Panel

copyvariable Option Copy Style on Drag and Drop Hold to copy the dragged and dropped styles

Find and Replace Panel and Views

copystyleset Option Copy Style Conditions Hold to copy the dragged and dropped style conditions
editangle Shift Angle Constraint while Editing Hold to constrain the angle while adjusting the view rotation in the Navigator panel

Color Editing

unlinkcolorstyle Command Detach Color Style on Change Hold to detach color style changes
alternatetarget Option Alternate Color Selection Hold to select color for the other color target (stroke or fill)
colorsetangle Command Restrict Color Harmony Angle Hold to restrict color harmony angle changes
colorsetradius Shift Restrict Color Harmony Radius Hold to restrict color harmony radius changes
colorvarspan Shift Select Span of Color Variations Hold to select a span of color variations in the Variations panel
colorvarswap Command Add / Remove Color Variation Selection Hold to add or remove selection of color variations in the Variations panel

Stroke Attribute Editing

strokeprofile Command Width Profile Position Hold to keep the width profile node position fixed, while adjusting its the width
bothstrokeends Command Select Both Caps or Arrows Hold to select both stroke caps or arrows to the selected style
syncstrokeends Shift Select Both Caps Hold to synchronize stroke caps to the same cap style
syncarrow Shift Synchronize Stroke Arrow Style Hold to synchronize stroke arrows to the same arrows style
editstrokecap Option Open the Stroke Cap Editor Hold to open the stroke cap editor when clicking on the stroke cap icon
arrowdirection Shift Restrict Arrow Editing Movement Hold to restrict the arrow offset movement to a single direction
arrowoffset Command Adjust Arrow Offset Hold to adjust the arrow offset, instead of the arrow spacing
clickarrow Option Open the Stroke Arrow Editor Hold to open the stroke arrow editor when clicking on the stroke arrow icon

Brush Attribute Editing

removebrushitem Command Remove Artistic Brush Section Hold and click on an artistic brush stretching section to remove
brushintensity Command Bristle Brush Intensity Position Hold to keep the bristle brush intensity node position fixed, while adjusting its intensity
none Delete None Delete the selected bristle brush intensity node

Effect and Noise Views

noisepreview Option Open Large Noise Preview Hold when clicking on a noise style in the noise browser to open a larger preview
noisemakerzoom Option Noise Editor Zoom Hold to zoom in or out in the noise editor view
noisemakerswap Command Add / Remove Noise Browser Marker Hold to add or remove a marker in the noise browser
resetrandomizer Option Reset Randomizer Scheme Reset the image / shape effect seed randomizer scheme
shallowchange Control Adjust Single Noise Node Adjust a single noise node when randomizing the parameters
zoomcolor Option Zoom Color Range View Hold to zoom in or out in the color range filter preview
removecolor Option Remove Color Range Adjustment Hold to remove a color range adjustment node when clicking
pickfiltercolor Control Pick Color Range Adjustment Color Hold to pick a color in the color range adjustment preview
copyfilters Option Copy Image or Shape Effect Hold to copy the image or shape effect by dragging in the panel or view list of effects
referencefiltershape Shift Create Reference to Image or Shape Effect Hold to create a reference to the picked image or shape effect